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Tiptoe Through The Tulips Pulpit Rock Left

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Added by: Leo Paik on 10.25.2012
Last Edited by: Leo Paik on 10.25.2012
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Go to Estes Park. Drive north on Dry Gulch until it Ts into H Bar G Rd., head west briefly, go west on Devil's Gulch Rd., go north on McGraw Ranch Rd. Park in the limited parking area just short of the ranch. Hike up to the obvious rock to the north. This is Pulpit Rock. Near the nadir of the face, this route ascends a bolt line to the crack system left of the obvious chimney center-left of the face.
Access Restrictions And Fees:
There are no access issues at this time. You must cross RMNP land to get to the National Forest land. Pets become an issue. There are no fees.
This is a good, enjoyable line that may be the obvious ascent line for Pulpit Rock in National Forest near the McGraw Ranch trailhead of RMNP. This is 5.8+, but that isn't an option. P1a. This appears to be a project with a pink tag on the 3rd bolt (Griff-Orama, FA 2011, project). There is also another start to the left on blocky terrain. P1b. Tiptoe Through The Tulips. Start left of the nadir of Pulpit Rock in a water groove with bolts. There are 3 variations once you get to the 2nd bolt (the left one is likely a project given its tag with a bone). The central variation is the one we took (FA Sierra Dall, 2011). There is a crux slab move after the 3rd bolt. If you force the line up the slab higher, it'll feel at least 5.9. If you use the obvious left groove/flake, it will be easier. At the 10th bolt, there is an obvious ledge / belay stance with a bolt that can be supplemented with a green / blue Alien, 5.8+, ~80'. You may get weird rope drag over this roof. P1c. Shroom Groove, FA by Denis, 2009. Start the same as for P1b. Veer right after the 2nd bolt. Groove up the water chunnel past 6 more bolts to a itty, bitty roof. Pull the roof (right seemed easier). Move up to the bolt and belay, 5.8. Alternatively, you can finish to the left on the finish of P1b. P2. This is the fun pitch. Move up on easy jugs, place a tiny cam in a horizontal, clip the bolt, and make this pitch's crux moves (easier slightly to the right). Move up and then traverse left into the crack system. Follow the crack with delightful climbing at lower difficulty with a bit of runout here and there. The final bit to the belay lacks pro, but you'll find good knobs to the right. Belay at an okay stance with a good crack, 5.8 PG-13, 190'. Save #1 Camalot,0.75 Camalot and/or purple Alien for the belay. P3. Continue up the crack which widens to a chimney to its top. There is a 2 bolt anchor, 5.6 PG-13, ~60'. Rappel ~40' to the north. Continue down and east on walking terrain. This can be done with mostly cams from tiny to #3.5 Camalot, 1 #9 hex, ~10 slings. Doubles in the green/blue Aliens, #0.75 and #1 Camalot size are helpful.

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  • Rock Climbing Types:
    • Trad
    • Sport
  • Number of Pitches:
    • 3+
  • Shade:
    • Full Sun
  • Rock Type:
    • Granite


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This trail is near Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

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