This is an obvious, short, wide swath of granite that lies above and east of Gem Lake. It may have other names. The rock is shorter on its northern end and rises to near 300 feet on its southern end. Climbers have infrequently ventured onto these faces. There is room for exploration.
From the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, hike out the eastern trail towards Gem Lake. At ~0.5 miles, you T with the Black Canyon trail. Head east (right) and follow the trail another 1.3 miles to this crag with a net gain of ~1100'. You will see this rock from the trailhead / parking lot. You will get better views from Paul Bunyon's Boot. You can also see this rock from Pulpit Rock and McGraw Ranch. Also, you can see the parking lot from the summit.
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Squeezeasy 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 330'
Exemplary Behavior 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 240'
Left of Cleft 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
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Squeezeasy 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 CO : Lumpy Ridge : Gem Lake Wall
This is an obvious line on the left middle face of Gem Lake Wall. It certainly could have been climbed previously. If it is your route, let me know and I'll fix it.From a distance, the right side of this modest wall has some prominent chimneys. As you look closer, you see a few discontinuous lines and a pair of cracks on the left middle face. This line is the right of these two crack. Its off-verticality adds to its climbability at a reasonable grade. This line is generally much more susta...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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