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A secret paradise of the Park that is popular with hikers yet sees very little climbing activity. It has a few climbs on par with anything at Lumpy Ridge, and the views from the climbs are serene and beautiful. Days of Heaven (5.10+) is as good as any shorter route I've ever done. Descent: each of the routes will include descent beta.
Drive into the Park, get on Bear Lake Road, and turn off right after a mile or so onto Moraine Park Road. Follow signs to the Fern Lake trailhead at the end of the road. The Rock of Ages, identified as an exceptionally clean-looking, 250 foot cliff, laced with a cobweb of faint cracks, is accessed via a scramble up talus to the right from the Arch Rocks Campsite, about a mile down the trail. [Gnome] Dome, the Colossus, and the Moot Point Apron require 1/2 mile more of hiking to a bridge, where one can bushwack up the hill to the right to an assortment of cliffs--check the route descriptions for more details.
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The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
The Wasp may be THE best single pitch, trad, granite route of its style and difficulty in Colorado! There are a couple single-pitch routes in CO that come close, but this is a unique gem combining great rock, super aesthetic moves, and great pro. In my opinion, California fine-grained granite has always catered to more memorable crack pitches than almost anywhere in CO, except for this very spot (and parts of the Platte). A word about ratings…I had heard a couple comments from climbers who felt...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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