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Face with Bolt Route

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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. Go north on Dry Gulch Rd. Go west at the T on H Bar G Rd, go west on Devil's Gulch Rd, go north on McGraw Ranch Rd. Park at just short of McGraw Ranch on the side of the road. Hike up to the obvious rock to the north. From the nadir, head right around this first rock, Pulpit Rock. Go to the second strata with the obvious, smooth right lower face. This is on the left side of the smoother face of the right side of the Second Pew. Approach up to Pulpit Rock, head around the right side, go up a forested slope.
Access Restrictions And Fees:
No access issues, it is on National Forest land, but you must cross RMNP land, so pets are an issue. No fees.
This is a very nice route on an aesthetic stretch of rock on the right side of Second Pew of the Pulpit Rock massif. It looks like it has been there a while, since there is some light weathering on the anchor bolts, but we don't know who put it up. Obviousy, this is not the name of the route, so please let me know if you have more info. On the right side of the face, there is a smooth, aesthetic chunk of less than vertical granite that beckons. The left edge of this section has a single protection bolt that leads up to connect various bits of thinner crack. The start is the crux near the bolt. Unfortunately, the left start with an undercling is harder after the biggest bit snapped off. The right start utilizing some tips crack moves with thin feet is now the better start. Once you make it into the fingers section of the crack, the footholds are subtle for a stretch. The middle section gives you time to rest. The last section is really nice, knobby granite face climbing. There is a 2 bolt anchor now with a bit of rope and rings to facilitate a 80' rap descent. To top-rope it, you can lead the 5.7 crack system to the left. It takes good gear to a #1 Camalot. It is ~120' long due to its curving nature. Start near the base of the 11+ route up a low-angle slab and go up a short crack in the right-facing, left-leaning dihedral to a ledge. Go left, find the dark crack system with good face holds. Traverse right ~100' up. This is a good route. 1 bolt, wires, small cams to a #2 Camalot.

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  • Rock Climbing Types:
    • Trad
    • Sport
    • Top Rope
  • Number of Pitches:
    • 1
  • Shade:
    • Afternoon Shade
  • Rock Type:
    • Granite


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This trail is near Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

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