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Cynical Pinnacle is probably the most popular of the crags in the Cathedral Spires of the South Platte. Its prominent south-facing prow attracts the eye for miles. This spire hosts a number of fine routes. The ever popular Center Route gains the greatest lines & waits. However, Wunsch's Dihedral is an excellent sustained line for the intermediate to advanced crack climber. Turf Spreader draws the eye, but requires a pumpy roof to gain entry to its beautiful upper crack. The Prayer Book was once featured in a Jeff Lowe video. Breashear's Crack is a fun test piece for the advanced.
Walk uphill up one of the various of the trails ascending from the North Fork of the South Platte River. You may pass various abandoned relics from a different era along the way.
Double ropes are necessary to rappel down the S face.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cynical Pinnacle:
Hand Job Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Hand Job (aka West Face) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Center Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Class Act 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Turf Spreader 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Wunsch's Dihedral 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 4 pitches
Rising Crescendo 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
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Turf Spreader 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CO : South Platte : ... : Cynical Pinnacle
To the right of the Center Route on the Cynical Pinnacle is a beautiful, long, hand-sized crack that heads straight up the slab. This is the 3rd pitch of Turf Spreader.P1. You can begin at the bottom of the gully, looking up 40 feet or so into a no-pro chimney, which Hubbel rates 5.8. We chose pro, and headed around the corner to the right, making our first pitch P1 of the Great Chimney. You can even avoid the chimney by heading up the face (5.8ish), to the bolted anchors.P2 hea...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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