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An interesting mix of single pitch trad and sport routes on a relatively small, steep outcropping. The rock is gneiss (typical of this area), so be prepared to confront lichenous, sometimes insubstantial rock in places. Most of the routes are on the colorful north face, receive little sun and offer an escape from a hot day. Two recently installed sets of top anchors allow quick raps from all routes. "What's My Line" (10b), a challenging trad lead up a series of thin interconnected cracks, will keep you in suspense. "Atmospheric Testing" (10+ sport) will definitely expose you to the rarified air.
Take CO Highway 7 south from Estes Park for 6 miles, turn off at Lily Lake Visitor Center. Park at the Twin Sister's Trailhead (the 'north' approach) and take the trail for 3 switchbacks (important!). Find a faint trail going uphill and follow it, or its general direction until you find the expansive talus slopes underlying The Crags. Mountain goat your way up the talus to the first huge face, The Lower Great Face, and find Castaway Crag at its lower left end (facing the rock). Be forewarned, this is at least a 45 minute uphill thrutch and will cost at least a liter of sweat.
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What's My Line 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Castaway Crag
This is route 2 on the beta photo. Find parallel discontinuous thin cracks that diagonal up and slightly left, splitting the face. This is a long established trad line that apparently doesn't see many ascents judging from the garden found thriving in it. Once eliminated however, the line went nicely at the grade. Thin edges accompany the cracks for delicate footwork while placing gear. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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