Steep initial climbing leads to a pumpy and fun traverse across heucos and a strenous and tricky crux. There are at least two ways of doing the crux. The obvious way is harder. If you're taller it may help across the traverse, because you can stretch down for some occasional footholds.
This is a pretty spectacular pitch, and good photos can be taken from higher up the ramp.
Apparently L.O.O.P. stands for League of Outdoor Pursuits. The FA may have been done by Alvino Pon. In the Rossiter Eldo guide, Rossiter says that the info for this area came from Alvino via an article in Rock and Ice #54. Alvino is responsible for many climbs in St Vrain Canyon.
This is the second route from the right at the Garden of Stone area. From R.N.R. (the rightmost route) and the meadow scramble about 30' up the slab to a flat area at the base of a steep red wall.
6 bolts plus chains. The first bolt is very high on easy ground, so be careful or place a trad piece (or both).
|Comments on L.O.O.P. (aka League Of Outdoor Pursuits)
|By Mark Pell|
Mar 10, 2013
This climb was put up by Alvino Pon, I believe in 1993, and LOOP is indeed an acronym for League Of Outdoor Pursuits. It is a bit nervy getting to the first bolt but well-protected after that. As you lead above the crux realize that originally this route was done without the top protection bolt, which I talked Alvino into adding after our first few ascents so that the climb would be safer and more popular. I definitely prefer it with six bolts, so you can enjoy finessing your way up the last moves without fear. It's interesting that this and other 'Garden of Stone' routes are reportedly not seeing much traffic in modern times, as this was a very popular area in the '90s, especially for climbers who liked to warm up here and then rap down to the Industrial Wall, immediately below, for harder and steeper sport climbing. R 'n R (Rednecks in Rome) and LOOP were at one time both being climbed several times each weekend by Boulder locals. Thanks to the unknown party who added the extended chains to the top anchor, making it possible to TR the route without ragging your rope.