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This is an obvious rock at the trailhead which has avoided description on Mountainproject for quite a bit of time. From the trailhead, this massif of lower angle granite looms less than a quarter mile away. Local inquiries had just led to vague reports of possible ascents on this rock...mostly on the foreground, pear-shaped chunk of granite. Hardware found on the rock suggests ascents probably go back to the 1950s.
From Estes Park, head east past the Lumpy Ridge trailhead past Alligator Rock and take the dirt rock to McGraw Ranch trailhead.
There is a 2 bolt anchor left of the obvious chimney splitting the left-center of the rock. There are no chains, slings, or links on the hangers. It appears folks thread these hangers, but they are not Metolius rap hangers. It's a 35-40 rappel from these bolts. You might be able to downclimb a wide crack and angle right to avoid the overhang at the base...it you were so inspired.
This massif appears to be on Comanche Wilderness land, so power drills are not allowed. Also, they prefer camoflauged hangers.
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Wight Wing Wadicals 5.5 Trad, 1 pitch, 190 feet
Anatomically Incorrect 5.5 R Trad, 1 pitch, 190 feet
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Right Side 5.8+ PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 300 feet
Judy's and Ellie's Grand Night Out 5.8+ R Trad, 3 pitches, 360 feet
Peachtree Street 5.8+ Trad, 1 pitch, 170 feet
Walk In The Park 5.8+ Trad, 3 pitches, 360 feet
Tiptoe Through The Tulips 5.8+ TR, 1 pitch
Pulpit Rock Left 5.8+ PG13 Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 360 feet
Vegetative Estate 5.10 TR, 1 pitch, 55 feet
Praying Hands 5.10+ Trad, 2 pitches, 400 feet
Garden Party 5.11b TR, 1 pitch, 55 feet
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Garden Party 5.11b CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Pulpit Rock
This is a newer bolted line from 2012? near the nadir of Pulpit Rock. It is fun and a nice route to add a bit of mileage at the beginning or end of your day up there.It starts as for Vegetative State, clipping its first 3 bolts. Then it goes straight up with the crux section starting as you clip the 4th bolt (which seems to have been removed as of 5/14/13). Pay attention to your left foot holds, as that seems to be the crux. This has some nice stem positions for clipping. The d...[more] Browse More Classics in CO