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|Type: ||Sport, 8 pitches, 1500 feet, Grade III|
|Consensus: ||5.9 [details]|
|FA: ||Tim Toula and Peter (der Oestereicher) Krainz, September, 2009|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Season: ||Beware of afternoon mountain thundershowers!|
|Submitted By: ||James Garrett on Jun 29, 2010|
Becky Hall in the White Crystal Groove, pitch 7.
Excellent approach and descent info is here: Mount Royal (near Frisco)
This is a 5.8 climb put up by a 5.13 climber for 5.8 leaders. This route is so much fun, I know I will be driving back all the way from Utah to do it again soon. Thanks to the hard work of Texas Tower Tim Toula, the climbers of Frisco have their own little "Big Wall" that is intelligently protected, with harder variation pitches available for those seeking more challenging climbing, with excellent pitch after pitch of outstanding climbing.
MANY OF THE 15-30m PITCHES MAY BE LINKED OR SIMUL-CLIMBED. The stated number of roped pitches is for clarity, ease of route finding, and ease of partner communication. With that said, when linking pitches, verbal and/or visual communication may be seriously impaired or impossible due to the wandering nature of the route as well as incessantly loud noise pollution from busy I-70. The route offers super fun cruising with memorable movement.
All belays are bolted. Please leave the rappel links and/or carabiners left at the stations for those who need to rappel the route. Many people new to multi-pitch climbs may choose to only climb the lower wall and these stations have been bootyed and re-equipped already numerous times since initially equipping the route. Although first thought to be intended for those new to this type of climbing, popularity has soared raising the number of ascents (as of Nov 2012) to more than 600!
At almost the lowest point or toe of the granite at the base of the climb (7-10 minutes approach time from the car), a nice rope up ledge will be found. Up and right is the start to Royal Rocklette Arete.
[Editor's Note: This was originally submitted as a 20 pitch route, but I doubt anyone has ever done it in that many. With a 60m, it is easy to do in 6-8 roped pitches, plus some unroped walking. Judging from comments and my own experience, that is the norm, so I have changed the official pitch count to 8. See comments for common ways to link pitches. My preference:
P1-3: combine #1-12 below with some walking easy. There are so many anchors, just pick one when you think you're running out of rope.
P4: combine #13-14 below
P5: combine #15-16 below
P6: combine #17-20 below
Pitch #1: Climb up the middle of the slab past a couple of bolts passing few obstacles to a two-bolt belay platform. 5.4, 20m.
Pitch #2: Follow a black streak straight up to another two-bolt belay. 5.5, 15m.
Pitch #3: Pass an overlap protected by a bolt and some natural protection opportunities to a two-bolt belay. 5.6, ~15m.
Pitch #4: Lead up and right passing 4 -5 bolts. Four different variations are available for this pitch alone, which may lead to some confusion, but trend right for the ongoing pitches. 5.6, 15m.
Pitch #5: Choose 5.10 out slightly left or 5.6 angling right and up a groove to a White Crystal rock spur to one of 2 two bolt belays. 5.6, 20m.
Pitch #6: Traverse right (or down & right from the 5.10 var on P #5) on a narrow ledge to a tree and then to the base of a white crystal dike. 4th class, 30m.
Pitch #7: Climb the White Crystal Groove either going through Joe's 5.10 mantle variation straight up or start down & right and go to a two bolt belay. 5.7, 30m.
Pitch #8: Climb past 3 bolts (1st may be hard to spot) up a rib to a belay at two-bolts. At the belay is a plaque in memory of our mutual friend, Swiss Mountain Guide Res von Känel, who died in the Alps during the same time while Tim was doing the FA. Royal Flush is similar to many long "Plaisir" climbs in Switzerland. 5.7, 30m.
Pitch #9: Third class (exposed) up and then mostly 2nd class left traversing past 2 small, grungier buttresses. Follow cairns/faint trail, 60+ m.
Pitch #10: The White Rib Pitch. Joe's Cracks are nice offerings to the left (5.6) or pass 3 bolts on a slabby pillar (5.7) and belay near a snag. 30m.
Pitch #11: Go straight up (5.10) or out right up the Grey Beard Slab past a roof and more slab to a two-bolt belay. 5.6, 30m.
Pitch #12: Follow cairns up scree to the base of the apron of the Headwall. 3rd class, ~150m. Look for the bolt line just to the right of a large pine at the base of the Apron.
Pitch #13: Climb a classic pitch up a white streak with memorable holds past 1 pin & 5 bolts. 5.7, 30m.
Pitch #14: Continue past 3 more bolts & cross the gully at the top of the Apron moving left of the prominent cleft dihedral system of Mount Royal to the "Headwall" past 2 bolts to one of 2 two bolt belays. Use the left anchor for the 5.9 version of P15. This anchor is hidden until you walk to the left on a 1 foot ledge system. 5.7, 20m.
Pitch #15: Continue straight up (5.10) from right anchor or from the left anchor to a tricky 5.9 system of steep grooves. These merge after 5 bolts. Interesting moves to a two-bolt belay. 5.9, ~18m.
Pitch #16: Continue up some in-cut, black-colored plaques passing through a fun Gunks-like roof and belay at Yosemite Ledge with a two bolt belay. 5.8, ~18m.
Pitch #17: Climb up to the Grey Shelf past a few bolts. Some small Camalots may be useful here. 5.8, ~18m.
Pitch #18: Climb through some blocky roofs with funky rock past a ledge and a two-bolt belay near a tree. A wall register is found here...spray away. 5.8, ~18m.
Pitch #19: Follow up a coarse, dirt-filled gully slinging pine trees for protection. Beware of some loose rock. Two bolt belay. Exposed 3rd class, 30m.
Pitch #20: Surmount loose blocks to the summit and a sign that asks hikers not to throw rocks due to climbers below. 3rd class, 10m.
Though descent via rappel is always an option if inclement weather strikes, from the top, walking off to the south on a great trail which drops down to the town of Frisco is best. Stay south, going down a bit, and then back up a hill for a total of 1/4 mile until turning left and walking downhill. If you're not on a major trail, you probably tried to head downhill too early. 30-45 minutes.
10 QDs and 4-6 shoulder runners and perhaps a small rack of assorted cams if this is pushing your grade (most people won't need extra pro). All belays are bolted and all cruxes are well protected which deems a light rack adequate for protecting this climb.
If you link P1-3, P4-5, P7-8, P10-11, P13-14, P15-16, P17-18, P19-20, bring at least 13 QDs.
Becky Hall turning the "Gunks-like roof" on Pitch ...
Looking down the first 3 pitches. A 70m easily mak...
There are raspberry bushes on this route in the ta...
CJ nearing the top of the route, pitch 16 maybe. T...
Mount Royal from the parking lot. The headwall is ...
OMG, I winz!!!
BETA PHOTO: Route on the upper buttress. Arrow shows the Gunks...
BETA PHOTO: Upper headwall with new single variation pitch (ye...
81 year young Tom Hornbein getting it done on Roya...
Tom Hornbein again.
Tom Hornbein up high.
Beth following the easy slab on the upper head wal...
Beth leading the the pitch after the short travers...
|By Jason Killgore|
From: boulder, co
Jul 11, 2010
Given the accessibility and enjoyable, well-protected climbing, this is a great climb. Not many places where you can walk 5 minutes on a paved path and get 1500' of pleasant sport climbing. The lower pitches aren't particularly noteworthy, but they are still enjoyable (especially the mantle). The upper pitches are really great. We climbed the route in 8 5th class pitches (no simulclimbing), plus the noted scramble + move the belay type pitches. P1-3 link, and the remaining 5th class pitches linked in sets of 2. The only pitches where linking created rope drag were 13-14, but it was still doable. Kudos to the developers for a lot of hard work. Route is mostly clean, but a few loose holds still exist.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 17, 2010
It reminded me of an out-of-place Flatiron, but it had less consistent grade, a lot of bolts and was a little broken up. It is a good route, but it's not a destination climb. The grades are mostly consistent with gym ratings, and the pitch lengths a bit overstated. That's not a problem - it's just an FYI.
Also, don't expect the route to be 'obvious' from the posting here- it is not and may be hard to follow if this is your guide to it.
|By James Garrett|
Jul 18, 2010
Good comments. Not a destination climb for high end climbers, but something of this character is rare, fun, and a great day out for the rest of us....I agree, route finding could be eased up quite a bit by a quality topo. Tony? I suspect you have exceptional skills in this area?
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 22, 2010
James, I'm pretty much "Mr Off Route" himself, and I can't draw any better than I could in first grade- and relative to my classmates, I was bad at it then, too. I wish I could be of more help, but all I can really offer is elaboration on the text if people want it.
FYI, I talked to Tim about the route, and I didn't get the impression that he'd be super psyched to see it published in full anywhere with topos and such. I don't regard it as being his route in any way more than authorship, but all things equal to me, I can leave it alone.
So, I just fugured to leave the 'mystery' in this one and let people know that it was not super simple.
Still, if there is intent to be more clear, I can attempt to clarify in text a bit.
|By James Garrett|
Jul 22, 2010
Thanks, Tony B. Fair enough. With route finding skills and the write-up, I suspect most people will find it pretty easy to follow. I'll be seeing Tim soon enough myself and carry on from there.
|By Alex M|
From: Breckenridge, CO
Jul 23, 2010
rating: 5.9 PG13
Really fun afternoon climb. I'm fairly new to climbing so this was my first multi pitch, first of many. I have to say good job to who put this route up, I can only imagine how much work that took. Only complaint is how it is slightly confusing finding the route, better cairns would be nice.
|By Lee Smith|
Jul 24, 2010
I wouldn't consider this to be a "sport" route, in the sense that a 5.9 sport climber might not be comfortable on it. It is a tad more adventuresome than 5.9 sport routes especially concerning runout, weather, route-finding etc. Plus, you must really feel comfortable with slab climbing. On lichen and moss.
But I do think it is a fun route, and I applaud the work put in by the first ascentionists. Other than the road noise it is a great day out. Definitely link pitches and watch the weather.
|By Steve Bond|
Jul 25, 2010
Fun climb. Don't let the number of pitches intimidate you. Here are the seven pitches w/ a 70 meter rope:
Pitch 1: Combine pitches 1, 2, 3.
Pitch 2: Combine pitches 4, 5.
(The walk right to "Pitch 7" (no climbing required))
Pitch 3: Combine pitches 7, 8.
(Hike up left through the woods (little climbing required))
Pitch 4: Combine pitches 10, 11.
(Hike across boulder field)
Pitch 5: Combine pitches 13, 14. Your belay is 30 feet up the vertical wall, not the one at the end of the lower angled terrain.
Pitch 6: Combine pitches 15, 16. Long draws help reduce drag in two key places. Pitch 16 was really fun.
Pitch 7: Combine pitches 17, 18. If you bring some gear, you can climb past the pitch 18 top anchors to set your belay. This allows for an easy scramble to the top (4th class and easier). Somewhat loose, so rig your rope to not dislodge rocks on your buddies.
I never felt short on rope, so it went pretty well. Not sure how a 60m would do. It took us 4-5 hours with route finding. Thanks for bolting this route. Have fun.
Jul 26, 2010
This is a terrific, adventurous route. Look out for falling rock and wear a helmet. We climbed with a single 60m rope in 9 pitches, combining 2-3 “pitches” the whole way. The midway anchors should be considered rappel anchors not belay anchors. In addition to clipping the bolts we only placed 3 pieces of gear on the route, one small nut and two finger sized cams. A fairly relaxed 4-5 hours car to car with no simul-climbing.
-The route starts just up stream from the first power pole and just upstream from an old signed mine shaft.
- pitch 6 is a long traverse (3 bolts), descending a little to the base of the White Crystal Groove (cool feature) or you can angle up after the traverse bolts on an unprotected right ascending foot ramp that joins the Groove (pitch 7) almost half way up.
-pitch 12 is more than 100m of 3rd class.
Killer route, thanks so much for the bolts and the hard work installing!
Jul 30, 2010
A set of 8-10 quickdraws plus 4-6 extendable draws to cut down on rope drag is sufficient enough to climb each pitch. Trad gear is only needed if you are uncomfortable running it out on easy slab. All the cruxes are protected with ample bolts.
|By Lee Smith|
Jul 30, 2010
On pitch 18, I ran across an old iron, ring piton. Clip it, but don't fall on it is my advice. Plus, it would be really cool if it were left in place for the enjoyment of other historians.
|By pat thompson|
Aug 1, 2010
I spoke with Peter and Tim the other afternoon and apparently the dynamic duo has been back at it on Royal. I did not get many details as it was raining and they had clients to attend to.
The details that I did get were that the new route is harder and not quite as long? Sorry for the lack of useful information but I will try to pry more details from them when I see them next.
|By Chris Plesko|
From: Westminster, CO
Aug 14, 2010
I was going to leave a bunch of comments to help with route finding after Tony's comment, but I changed my mind. In fact, I think it's just about perfect for this "beginner", semi-alpine route. While it's not always super obvious which way is the right way (though it usually was to me), route finding is not difficult. The variations, at least all that we tried, are not much harder than anything on the standard route, so don't be afraid to try a line that looks like it goes. Be prepared for some minor climbing up and down and looking around and you'll find the route with the above description. To get to the start, all we did was park in the first parking lot off exit 201 (I-70) and walk west down the path to the first power pole and follow the trail/cairns. We were at the base in 5 minutes flat. The route doesn't get much sun in late summer, so dress accordingly. It was a little chilly at 7am.
We brought a small trad rack and didn't place one piece of gear. I'd still recommend bringing a very light rack of small cams if you don't feel super solid at the grade. There are occasional longer runouts but all cruxes are safe. Bring a 70m or longer if you really want to link every possible pitch and then a few extra draws. We linked tons of pitches with a 70m and still usually had rope left so a 60m is fine too. Pitches are always shorter than stated in the description. When it doubt, go for it!
I call it a beginner semi alpine route because there is some lichen and moss and loose rock but it's fairly minor by alpine standards. Wear a helmet and be aware and it's not a big concern. Also with all the bolted belays you can rap the route without leaving gear at any time so commitment factor is lower than normal. Would a 5.9 gym climber feel comfortable here? Maybe not. But real 5.9 outdoor leaders will have a blast, especially if they have someone to share the leads with. The upper headwall pitches are pretty steep and there are roofs at all grades throughout the route. I'm psyched the route equippers did such an excellent job and created a neat and unique route in the Front Range.
Also keep your eyes peeled in late summer, we had a delicious on-route raspberry snack!
|By CJ Coccia|
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 15, 2010
Chris pretty much said it all! The routes are super fun (especially on the steeper headwall) and the variations are nice. There are some slab type faces that are runout a bit, but it is easier climbing. All the cruxes are well protected (much appreciated!). Thanks to Tim and Peter for all their hard work!
|By Bill Briggs|
Aug 21, 2010
First, this is a great route with unexpectedly outstanding climbing on the clean rock between the tree-covered ledges. Clearly a lot of work went into cleaning and equipping the route. Thanks very much!
The only tricky route finding is locating the start of the climb on the upper headwall. "Follow the cairns" is not too useful if cairns are missing or if there are multiple cairned routes -- as there are now. Here is a better way to find the bottom of pitch 13: Cross the rock pile and aim for the bottom of the large, right-facing dihedral that eventually becomes the prominent, central gully on the upper wall. Once at the bottom of this dihedral, traverse right (roughly west) along the bottom of the apron for about 30 yards. Look for the many bolts on pitch 13 before starting to climb.
|By Rob Griz|
Aug 25, 2010
Fun, fun. Makes for a great "after work" cruise. Was able to send it in 7 pitches, could have been 6, with a 70m line and some simul. Ideally you could break the route into 3 sections (pitches?): simul the bottom "5" pitches and possibly link them into pitch 7/8 with a bit o' drag across the ledge. Hit the middle section to the talus. Finally bang out the headwall. With 20 draws on the leader it's possible to run it (skipping a few bolts) to the top. Great drillin' guys! Love the ammo box too! Keep an eye across the canyon on White Cliff, some new craggin' lines going in there.
|By Leo Paik|
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 26, 2010
Found a pair of scratched up sunglasses, if you want them.
Nice route. Kind of like linking up 4 mini-buttresses. 13 QDs are helpful if you link up as Steve Bond writes and do the 10 variations. Good route to dedicate to Res.
|By Brian Pappas|
From: silverthorne CO
Aug 29, 2010
Found a slinged quickdraw at the start of Royal Flush.
Contact me if you are missing one.
From: Morrison, CO
Sep 22, 2010
The discussion regarding fixed protection on Royal Flush has been move here.
Please add any comments on this topic to the above forum thread.
|By J. Thompson|
From: denver, co
Sep 26, 2010
It's possible to link pitchs's 15-18 in 1 x 70m pitch. It's a pretty sweet long pitch! I was soloing, so I don't know how rope drag would be...but with plenty of runners it couldn't be too bad.
Sep 26, 2010
rating: 5.8+ PG13
Climbed on September 25. Very fun route for what it is.... That being said, there could be a couple things you should know. There is a bit of hiking involved in getting up the climb. You have to unrope and coil up two times, which is kind of annoying but not avoidable. The upper climbs are very fun moderate climbs and even the 5.10 variation at the start of the headwall is about 5.9. The rock cairns are helpful for getting to the climbs between hikes. Someone needs to bring a knife and some quicklinks for the anchors because the ropes are not safe for rappelling considering the elemental exposure they will endure and the fact that they are directly wrapped through the hangers. It is worth doing if you are a Summit County person who is looking for an adventure.
|By Chris I|
From: Fresno, CA
Oct 4, 2010
rating: 5.9+ PG13
I will echo Benten's comments. A worthwhile adventure but there are definitely some inconvenient spots, where coiling the rope and hiking around are required. I did a couple of the "5.10" variations and found they were very 5.9ish. Being an alpine route, loose rock was an issue and a scary stone was unleashed just by rope contact- so watch out! A last note- describing this as 20 pitches is a little extreme. Linking pitches was easy (though communication was difficult) and many of the "pitches" are hiking from one wall to another. We probably ended up climbing 8-9 technical roped pitches. The anchor set up is weird also. Those ropes are looking pretty beat up and shouldn't be trusted for much longer. What ever happened to two side by side bolts for a more convenient and traditional anchor? Also, we topped out just as a wild storm rolled through, so watch the weather!
Oct 17, 2010
Great addition to the area! Great work, Tim and Peter.
From: Frisco, CO
May 10, 2011
I would never climb this route with a group above me. I pulled off many rocks. Our rope alone dislodged a football-sized rock. Nonetheless, it was an awesome climb and super fun.... P.S. CHECK THE WEATHER REPORT BEFORE CLIMBING. Ha.
|By Chris Plesko|
From: Westminster, CO
Jul 3, 2011
With an 80m, we linked 1-4, 5-8 (little simul), 10-11, 13-15, 16-18. Pitches not listed we scrambled unroped. I thought the route was a touch more dirty than last fall, but I'm sure some traffic will clean it up. Most of the rock was solid save for p18 to the top and the hard mantle variation on p7(?). Be aware of parties below you as there were 3 groups climbing today. I tried to be as careful as possible and still knocked one rock out of the p19 gully and that's without dragging a rope through it.
Oh, and we never used more than 18 draws including the anchors despite bringing more. We skipped a bolt here and there but clipped most of them.
|By Mike Crandall|
From: Superior, CO
Jul 5, 2011
Climbed it on July 2, 2011. Surprised/grateful that there wasn't a cattle train on a holiday weekend. Lots of fun!
I recommend just bringing a rack of 13-16 long slings as draws and leave the short sport draws at home. This will reduce the drag if you're linking pitches which most parties are doing.
Lots of potential variations. Looking forward to seeing this area further developed.
Jul 29, 2011
My partner Ryan and I are speed climbing Royal Flush from Door to Door. I live approximately 1 mile from the base of Royal Flush. On 7-29-11, our second attempt, we got 63 minutes. It is very exciting and great cardio training. Any challengers?....
|By Mike N|
From: Currently Charlotte
Jul 31, 2011
Fun climb. We did this on Saturday, only noticed 3 other parties on the climb. We were able to do it without place 1 piece of pro. Many thanks to those who put this up. Just FYI, it's still a little dirty and lichen-ish, but it's safe climbing.
Aug 4, 2011
Head's up, folks, there is a big ugly piece of choss in the end of the "crux" on pitch...uh one of the last 2? moves are 5.9 maybe? Just avoid deadpointing or getting all aggro anywhere on this route, she's still a dirty girl.
|By Rob Griz|
Aug 20, 2011
"Bradyk", I will call your bluff on 63 mins from 1 mile out off Mt Royal. I live 1 mile from Mt. Royal as well. Drop me a line and I'll bet you a 30-pack of PBR that I can sink a 30-pack on your door-step before you get back from sending the Royal Flush (round trip from your dwelling). Unless you're BASE jumping the summit, the descent alone is a 20 min. jog/run down. Solo you couldn't touch this time, let alone roped-up.... Lifting a PBR to your so called "challange"?!
I second Ryan, there are 2 prominent hunks of rock that are seriously loose (a flake on the lower half and a block in the upper headwall)and will crush someone for sure. Hard to clean them as it could impact climbers not seen below. Hope to someday when we know it's safe, until then heads-up!
Aug 24, 2011
I would be glad to challenge you, unfortunately my partner Ryan from the above post, is chasing tail down in Texas. We simul-climbed the whole thing and glissaded down goat trails skier's right of the east face. I believe if I were free soloing, I would go much slower because of double checking choss, with the simul-climbing, you just go as fast as you can. Approximately 9 minutes to run to the base and change shoes, 40 mins to simul to the top and change shoes, and then 14 mins to get down. The time is actually Oven to Oven, I have been timing myself with the kitchen oven. I would be happy to climb it with you in the same fashion. Email me and I will give you my number so we can share a rope. Thanks for your additions to 10-Mile canyon.
On another note, the big block above the crux has been removed. It is now a great sidepull to the next set of anchors.
Aug 24, 2011
HAHA! I wish we were BASE jumping from the summit. We could easily cut 10-15 min. If you can put down 30 pbr in an hour I applaud you.
|By Rob Griz|
Aug 25, 2011
Ryan and Brady, you guys seem to be able to rock it out, Awesome! Sharing a rope would be great, maybe we could set a speed record with a 30pk of PBR in tow?! The Happy Hour Speed record?
More routes to be done on Royal: 215.499.7832
|By Michael Foy|
From: Denver, CO
Aug 29, 2011
Look out when there's been a solid rain, it feels more like 5.10 when it's wet.
|By Steve Williams|
From: Denver, CO
Sep 10, 2011
Chossville, USA. That's why they call it flush. . . .
|By Ryan Coulter|
Apr 25, 2012
Rockfall on Royal:
This is a video my friend Liam took of rocks coming off the headwall while we were climbing it on April 9th, 2012. I'm above him after the traverse on the headwall. Look in top left corner of screen at 00:15 secs and then wait for the gnarly rock showers. Super scary experience.
|By Alison Conrad|
Jun 11, 2012
Fun outing! Great way to beat the heat and avoid the crowds. We did most of the .10 variations and they felt easier than stated. On pitch 15, I took the 5.9 variation around the corner, I thought it provided a better line with more consistent moves. We brought QDs(13-14) with some longer slings. I brought a light rack but did not really need it. The route is well bolted. There has been a lot of work on this route. Great job. Be careful of loose blocks on the upper pitches.
|By Casey Graham|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 22, 2012
Great route, easy approach, and nice beginner grade III. We climbed it in 10 pitches but probably could have cut that down to six technical pitches. If you are comfortable with soloing 5.5, you can cut out a lot of time on the first 900 ft or so of the climb by not setting belays every rope length or by just simul-climbing the whole thing. We were a bit confused after the "5th" pitch, just go straight left until you are on a huge ledge with large trees and walk until you see the bolt line.
The upper pitches were solid and well protected. Even with a slight drizzle, we had no problem with the crux pitches up here and had a lot of fun on them. You can definitely link the first two pitches of the headwall (long 5.7 to top of the apron then 5.8ish on the traverse to the 9/10 anchors). You can also link the two crux pitches after that as the rope line is clean and a 70m gets you more than there. Loved the Gunks roof!
Don't bother bringing gear other than draws. It's just not necessary. Definitely bring 14 draws if you are linking pitches though.
Jun 26, 2012
Happened to be on this route on Sunday. To the dude in blue trying to simul-climb the whole thing: get there first the next time you try to climb it on a weekend. And to the 6 people who crowded us up the final headwall, hope the rockfall taught you all a valuable lesson. You never want to be under other groups when they are climbing through questionable (i.e. loose) terrain. I actually heard a few of you talking about how the rockfall video was taken from the belay you were at, then you all started bitching at us when a rock came loose. Please be careful, you say? We were being VERY careful! That shit is chossy. It's not rocket science, guys, figure it out.
|By Rob Griz|
Jul 9, 2012
PERSPECTIVE.... Look, kids, let's not turn the "Frisco Ferrata" route into a pissin' contest. Us locals know the top out harbors loose stuff, some of which could actually KILL you. It's all part of the climbing game, play it how you like...solo without a helmet or do the prescribed 22 pitches via a 25m rope. It's all how you want to enjoy it, but keep it "kleen and fun". I've been up Royal via rock routes probably 3 dozen times. Sometimes with my wife, sometimes with a good friend from back east, and sometimes on a 3-roped pitch, lunch break, speed climb. I'd bet Peter, James, and Tim felt this should be a fun outing for all who travel through (plus they beat me to it).
Some call it a beginner's alpine route (I don't think so) and such, it's honestly another shit-show side trip on I-70, just like the half-assed crags I have developed on the north side of 10 Mile. For those who travel far to enjoy rock climbing in 70-degree sunshine at 10K, cheers. For those that rope up (or solo) from the base, be kind, be respectful. There are gumbies, gym rats, newbies, greenhorns, hardmen, and douche bags all climbing the same line. Believe it or not, there are countless ways up Royal, and many ways don't involve clippin' bolts, but placing gear, running it out, and just plain soloing. Remember kids, this ain't the Diamond, it's Mt. Royal, my grandma hikes to the top for grins! Play fair, be cool, and thank the 3 fellas that put some hard-earned time and money into the line. Oh and if you don't like rockfall on the headwall apron, buck-up and climb "Aces High", a great 'bypass' that keeps you somewhat free of exposure until you rejoin the regular route...and don't bring your Hero GoPro, it'll probably get crushed by rockfall! Cheers~
Jul 11, 2012
Quick question...heading up here for the first time on 7/12. I am a little confused about people referring to the route finding. If it is pretty well bolted, how can you get off route? I understand it in trad I get lost all the time...lol....
Just looking for a little input before I get lost. Thanks.
|By Forrest L.|
Jul 12, 2012
It's not continuous, there are a few places (2 if I remember right) you need to hike to the next set of bolts. We spent only ~10 minutes looking for the next bolt after the two major hikes, but we had a few other people on the mountain which gave us some extra clues.
Just follow directions, and allow an extra 20-40 minutes to pick the line back up after each brief hike.
|By D Sharp|
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 22, 2012
For those who lug a GPS around: start is at N39 34.352 W106 06.720. The head-wall pitches start either at N39 34.290 W106 06.568 (5.10, Aces High) or N39 34.272 W106 06.585 (5.7 Royal Flush).
We never found the "white rib" pitch, although spent a not insignificant amount of time looking for it. Maybe we didn't walk far enough left on the ledge above the memorial plaque belay? (Royal Rocklette Arete's description says 100m, Royal Flush's says 60m+. Don't know which is true. And is it laterally or altitude gain?) We scrambled up a mossy slab to the big plateau, where we found the cairn trail, only to lose it a bit later... We eventually made it up through the boulder field to the start of the upper part.
Aces High is easily on of the best pitches on the route. The pitches above seem pretty stiff for the grade (mostly due to the odd powerful/balancy/technical move here and there), but extremely fun. The Gunk roof is 5.8 only if going around it through the left (2 extra bolts - not easily visible from below), firing it straight up is more like 10- (similarly to Joe's Mantle variation).
Otherwise an amazing 6 hours spent on rock, with some very memorable climbing. Go do this route. And bring a walkie-talkie if you have one - certainly makes linking pitches easier...
|By Dave Clark 5.10|
From: Golden, CO
Jul 23, 2012
Very nice route and kudos to those who put it up. I'm posting this as a heads up to others who try to find the route using the route description above. We didn't find quite all of the lower route and I don't know the route well enough to post a complete description, but here are some notes to consider:
General: some of the pitch lengths are not too accurate, so don't take them too literally
Pitch #4: A 70m rope will not link Pitches 1-2-3-4. The sentence saying "you can reach all the way to this point easily with a 70m" should be deleted or moved to Pitch #3.
Pitch #5: The 5.10 option goes straight up (not left). A separate bolt line starts about 20 ft to the right from the P4 anchors. Is this the 5.6 option?
Pitch #6: The description implies you should traverse right 30m. Don't. Just go up.
Pitch #9: Hard to follow the cairns when there are about 6 of them scattered around in all directions. This is a walking pitch; no significant elevation gain. Head left on a trail for about 60m and look for the P10 bolts above where the trail ends.
Pitch#12: From here to the top the description is better and you can follow the bolts on the headwall.
|By Krister Sorensen|
From: Centennial, CO
Aug 5, 2012
Climbed the route on 8/4/12. I think there is some confusion around the first four "pitches." With a 60m rope, I was able to just make it to the third set of anchors with only a few feet of rope left. However, at the top of the third "pitch", the description didn't make sense anymore, but it did make sense if we were at the top of the 4th pitch. I think perhaps an anchor has been chopped on "pitch" one? Also, there is a traverse for "pitch" 6 despite comments above. Anyway, I'd ignore the crazy pitch count in the description and climb the lower section this way:
Pitch 1: 60m. Climb straight up passing 2 two bolt anchors with a "roof" between the anchors. Once you hit the third anchor, you should be almost out of rope with a 60m.
Pitch 2: Go up and angle right to keep it at 5.6 (Slightly left and up is a slabby 5.10 option per description). Climb 20m to a two bolt anchor and then traverse right 30m on a ledge (not that narrow as described above. This is the "pitch 6" traverse) with bushes and trees (follow bolts here for protection) to a two bolt anchor just right and below some large tree trunks.
Pitch 3: Another 5.10 option (per description) goes straight up over "Joe's Mantle", or you can angle up and right twenty feet along an in cut groove to a second bolt line. Climb straight up over an intimidating but not difficult 3m headwall. Pass a two bolt anchor, continue up over easy ground to a series of three bolts up a rib to a two bolt anchor. Here you will find the "Plaisir" plaque.
Coil your ropes. Scramble up 20 ft and hike left and up along a faint trail and cairns for 60m+ to the most prominent feature around (the only thing that looks interesting to climb). Look for bolts to start climbing again.
Pitch 4: The White Rib Pitch. Climb up a slabby pillar 25m to a two bolt anchor near a dead tree trunk(snag). Go out right up the Grey Beard Slab past a roof and more slab to a two bolt anchor, or go straight up some tricky 5.9/10 slab then 15m easy climbing to a different two bolt anchor.
Coil your ropes again. Follow cairns up a boulderfield to the headwall for "pitches" 13-20. The headwall can also be done in 3-4 pitches with a 60m rope making a total of 7-8 technical pitches.
I hope this helps!
Aug 10, 2012
Awesome day climbing a very fun route with John Parsons. My kudos to Tim and all the others who have worked on making this route happen.
I think beta was pretty spot on. Cairns were no problem.
We did this with a 70m. I only stopped at top of P3, because it was going to be hard to hear JP if I was out of rope, glad I did as JP said I did not have enough to make it to the top of P4. Agreed w/ prior post...linking first 4 w/ a 70m to make anchors is not possible.
We did this in 7 pitches. We went left of the normal headwall pitch, to do Griz's variation up the headwall (1 pitch with 70m). Highly recommend...I think that pitch is 5.9++, would be nice to have a bolt straight up and do that slab instead of going out right to catch the "safety bolt" which I think makes it a little contrived. After finishing this pitch traverse right (30-40 ft) to catch last technical pitches.
If the roofs on the last technical pitches are what the Gunks roofs are like, I gotta go there.:-)
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Aug 12, 2012
1. Not a trad route.
2. More like 8 pitches.
3. Awesome fun.
|By patrick morrow|
Sep 4, 2012
Climbed Royal Flush 9/3/12. It was a blast, we did it car to car in less than 4 hrs. Only had to clip about half of the bolts, well worth doing. Super fun!