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Rock Of Ages is a fine granite wall in Rocky Mountain National Park. Unlike the High peaks, this wall has a short approach and is a good cragging wall. The climbs vary between 1-3 pitches in length and are generally from 100 to 200 feet long. If you find yourself in the Estes Park area and it is too late for a long and committing alpine route, consider this wall as an option. Be warned in advance that most of the climbs here are 5.10+ or harder.
Drive in to the Fern Lake Trailhead, to the very end. Park here and hike past scads of fishermen... (Are there really any fish left here?) ... for a little over a mile until you come to some huge boulders through which the trail is pinched. Just after passing these boulders, you can look up and to the right (North) and see a few solid walls of rock to the North/Northwest. Scamble up a talus field to approach the lowest of these, which is the lower section of Rock Of Ages. This hike will require about 1 hour.
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Nameless Demons 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Center Dihedral 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Days of Heaven 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Desolation Angels 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Celestial Gate 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Hats Off 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Greensleeves 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Heavenly Daze 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
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Days of Heaven 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
This route is on the Rock of Ages, the first of the cliffs mentioned in the Fern Canyon intro. It is one of the best shorter routes I've ever done, offering fantastic, clean cracks and also some really wild 5.10 moves. Most of the protection is perfect, except for the first pitch. Hike a mile from the Fern Lake trailhead to the Arch Rock campsite (just past the Arch Rocks-- massive boulders, right on the trail, which have tumbled from the cliff. There is some really good bouldering in this a...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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