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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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Atmospheric Testing 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Air Conditioning 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Castaway Crag
This lies on the left of What's My Line on the left side of this little crag, a satellite crag on the left side of the Lower Great Face. It ascends the obvious crack with an alpine feel in a subalpine environment. Start on the left-facing flake. Move up into a pod. Go left and jam/stem up the steep-for-5.7 crack with great holds. Power through a brief bulge. Fire for the top. No fixed pro. Enjoy. You could continue up to the left edge of the Lower Great Face or rappel.There...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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