On the tail end of Missionary Ridge, just a few miles north of town, stand the picturesque sandstone walls of the East Animas crag. Known for green grass in February, soothing shade during the heat of summer and, of course, the wonderful climbing, its hard to imagine a better hang. Classy routes such as Durangotang, Watch Crystal Crack, and Simians to the Sun rank high among the best sandstone routes in the region.The Telegraphrecently caught up with some friends for a sunny Monday afternoon at the crags.

]Megan Kimmel seconding Simians to the Sun. Near the top of the Watch Crystal, youll find perfect edges, a
welcome relief for the fingers and toes. Alex Spencer begins the classsic second pitch of Simians to the
Sun. Megan Kimmel and Alex Spencer at a midway belay station on the
Watch Crystal. Megan Kimmel seconding Simians to the Sun.

 

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