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A beautiful dome perched atop the Ridge, with an assortment of two pitch routes. Like Twin Owls, it is flanked by other cliffs, including Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, and the Batman Pinnacle, all of which have fine routes and are approached by the same trail. The dome is host to some of the Ridge's best moderate routes, such as Batman and Robin (5.6) and Hand over Hand (5.7). Checkerboard has some very challenging, very trad climbs, notably Ziggie's Day Out and Checkerboard Crack, both 5.10. Clowntime is Over and Bat Crack are must-do 5.9s on Batman itself.
From the new parking lot, take the west trail towards the old Twin Owls parking lot ~0.6 miles. Somewhat confusing-take the right of two trails from the west end of old Twin Owls parking lot, bear left shortly thereafter at the first branch, then right after a little ways (these last two branches are unmarked). Checkerboard is the first rock, after about 15 minutes, then the trail effectively disappears, but the other rocks become obvious. ~45-60 minutes for the approach, 40 minutes for the descent.
Head N/NE from the top and scramble easily down around to the base. Other descents may be described for individual routes.
18 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Batman Rock:
Gobs of Blobs 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R Trad, 2 pitches, 400'
Hand Over Hand 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Bat Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Clowntime is Over 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Hand Jive 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Marlin Alley 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Backbone Arete 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport
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Clowntime is Over 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a CO : Lumpy Ridge : Batman Rock
Truly a wacky, original route! Hike up to Batman Rock, scramble up to the center of the cliff (just right of a vertical, reddish wall) and find a long horizontal chimney formed by a rock which sits in [front] of the main face. Go through the chimney and belay on top of the rock.P1-Lean across the chimney (unzip your fly first), and balance onto a small stance on the main cliff. Go up a flake on the left, and wander left up a slab to a belay 20 feet below the low point of a long roof band.P2-Hi...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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