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The incredible Renaissance Wall is hidden deep within the formation of the Book. At the far left side of the book, just before the Bookmark Pinnacle and just after the Isis Buttress, follow the deepest of the 'pages' in the book to find an incredible slot canyon with tall granite walls featuring excellent routes on either side- welcome to the Renaissance Wall. Popularized by the cutting edge 3 pitch route of the same name (Renaissance Wall 5.12c) established by Mike Caldwell and Randy Ferris in 1992, this area has become host to a number of Lumpy Ridge testpiece routes, both sport and trad. Here you will find Tommy Caldwell's 'Country Boy' 13d, which remains Lumpy's hardest route even 12 years after its first ascent. This seldom done route saw its first all gear placed on lead ascent just last year (2008).
Hike as you would to the Book, then follow the cliff line to the climbers left around the Pages Wall and the Isis Buttress. The Renaissance Wall is located far back in a cleft on your right, just before you encounter the Bookmark Pinnacle.
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Don Quixote 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b CO : Lumpy Ridge : ... : Renaissance Wall
This crack pitch diagonals in from the right to join the bolted anchor of the first pitch of the Caldwell route, Dulcinea on the Renaissance Wall. It starts on easy ground to a very thin crack which starts the diagonal bit of climbing. RPs protect the first 12a crux which eases off before joining the big ledge/flake which is the far right side of the same ledge which Dulcinea touches on its left side. The ledge is a welcome rest but also detracts from the star quality of the climb.Now for the ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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