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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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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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Rising Crescendo 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a R CO : South Platte : ... : Cynical Pinnacle
This excellent route starts with the Center Route. Head directly right from the center route start, on a weakness/dike, 5.9 R. About 25 feet right there is a crack that arches back left. The first part is the crux--difficult gear and run out 11b PG-13. The crack arches left and crosses back over the Center Route. This is the first belay. From this belay, head straight up the thin crack and then up and left to the Fender dihedral. 11+ PG-13.Per Kevin Stricker: The route starts in the [[10576...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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