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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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Wunsch's Dihedral 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c CO : South Platte : ... : Cynical Pinnacle
5 stars. This may be THE best crack climb in the South Platte region. If you have not done this route, get after it ASAP. The climb takes on the awesome, striking crack and corner system which splits the south face of Cynical Pinnacle. Hump up the hill, and find the steep corridor which leads to the start of this and the Center Route. The route described here is "The Complete Wunsch's Dihedral", which avoids the original first pitch.Pitch 1: The Breashear's Finger Crack, 5.11d...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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