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High on the hillside and nearly facing Cynical Pinnacle and The Sunshine Wall is the stunning yellow East face of The Bishop. From a distance, this gorgeous face appears to be nearly featureless, but for a single wide crack that cleaves the rock in two. In fact, The Bishop is host to several routes, including what may well be the best single pitch 5.11 crack in the state, hell, anywhere.
Approach The Bishop as you would for Cynical Pinnacle. Parking can be had off JeffCo 96, 3.8 miles from the intersection with road 97 and the South Platte River. Hike up the mining road past the cutoff for The Dome. You can bushwhack a ridge line that provides line of sight guidance to The Bishop, in the past a cairn trail takes off from the drainage heading West. The hiking takes about 60 minutes, and it is indeed all uphill.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bishop:
Ellingwood Chimney 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches
Bishop Offwidth 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Craftwork 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Bishop Crack 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch
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Bishop Crack 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b CO : South Platte : ... : The Bishop
While Bishop Crack is a two pitch route, the first pitch gets my vote as the best single pitch 5.11 crack in Colorado. Several years ago we headed up to The Bishop with our minds full of sending the whole damn unit, however, there is nothing like having eyes far bigger than our stomachs.Bishop Crack starts left of center on the perfectly vertical East face, a brilliant yellow wall in the morning sun. A wide 5.8 squeeze gets the juices flowing for perhaps 30 ft. This seques into a fingers thin cr...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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