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North Rock might be the least visited and most obscure crag in Eldorado Canyon- or it is at least in the running for the title, and deservedly so.The rock has a mix of crack & face routes, mostly still with some lichen and loose rock, some with some runouts. The rock is generally "sticky" and offers good friction & edging, but the friction there will be determined more by moss and lichen than by rock quality. Some routes are worse than others.
Follow the trail up for Hawk-Eagle Ridge and come completely to the top of that formation. Pass though a 'notch' or 'keyhole' and rop over to the north side. (Don't hit your head on the hanging branch above the slot - I and my partner both did it, HARD). Once through the notch, turn 90 degree left and walk uphill for 1 minute or less, a crag will emerge on your left, small at first, but increasing in size on the way up. This is ~50m uphill.
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When arriving at North Rock, "First Crack" is the first real obvious crack encountered on the way up it's length, 50' up. Not surprisingly, "Second Crack" is the second one, maybe 30' further. "Second Crack starts as a few moves to gain a very shallow, right-facing, arching corner, then pulls up and right to join a crack system, which after a few feet is abandonded for a second parallel crack just right of that.The amount of moss and lichen on this route may not be a problem when dry, but when...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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