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Second Pew

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L to R R to L Alpha
A Way To The Top T 
Crystal Highway T 
Crystal Overpass T 
Face With Bolt Route T,S 
Grits 'n' Gravy T 
Grits with Eggs Over-Easy T 
Is This Your Crack? T 
March Madness T 
Step Up Or Step Aside T,S,TR 
Vegan T,TR 

Second Pew  


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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 40.4353, -105.5009 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is the strata 2 layers behind Pulpit Rock. It is rather much broader than tall. From the parking area, the upper left face appears quite smooth and less featured. The left edge and top of this rock are on the skyline from the parking area. There is a somewhat clogged slope behind this strata. To descend off the top of the left side, we slung a decent-sized horn and rapped 30' off a biner. Given the lack of an obvious downclimb or scramble off, this side of the rock appears to have been unclimbed or at least previously unsummited.

The right side has been explored a bit. Someone has a 2 bolt anchor above a lone protection bolt on the face. There are at least 6 other lines up there. You can make a circuitous ascent in excess of 600' of climbing here. To descend the right side from its top, you scramble down a gully off the summit and skirt a tower on its west and north sides down to hiking terrain. You can also rappel off 2 bare bolts & hangers ~85' up or rappel off a natural thread ~190' up.

Note, in early season, the cave up at mid-height can have ice making A Way To The Top difficult to ascend.

Finally, this area can have ticks in the spring. Do your tick checks.

L->R:

Left Side

A. Grits 'n' Gravy, 10+, 1p, bolt(s) & gear, 130'.
B. Crystal Overpass, 7 R, 2p, gear.
C. Crystal Highway, 7 PG-13, 3p, gear, 340'.

Right Side

DE. Vegan, 6 PG-13, 1p, 160', gear.
E. Grits with Eggs Over-Easy, 8+ PG-13, 2p, 200', gear.
F1. A Way To The Top, 8- T1, 3p, 450', gear.
F2. Is This Your Crack?, 7, 1p, 120' or 190', gear.
above F2. March Madness, 8+, 3p, 350', gear.
G. Face With Bolt Route, 11+, 1p, 80', bolt & gear.
H. Step Up Or Step Aside, 10+, 1p, 115' or 150', bolts & gear.
above H. Crack, project.

Getting There 

Go east past the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, go northward on a dirt road to the small (14 car?) parking area perhaps 2 miles in. Head north from the McGraw Ranch trailhead onto National Forest land. There is a cairned trail once you get 150 yards from the barn. Go up and left to the base of the rock we're calling First Pew. You can climb Features on a Slabscape and link it to a route on this rock or you can skirt around the base of First Pew and gain the gully between First Pew and Second Pew.

Land Management 

This crag appears to be on Comanche Wilderness land, so power drills are not allowed. Also, they prefer camoflauged hangers.

Cell phone reception 

From some checking, it seems you can get a Verizon signal here, but you can't get a AT&T or Cricket signal here.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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The start of the first pitch of March Madness.

March Madness 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Second Pew
This is a line that continues above Is This Your Crack? or Vegan and heads to the top of the Second Pew. It takes on the dihedral to the right of the obvious cave (which was a mixed climb in late March) at mid-height on the right side of the Second Pew. The 1st pitch of this is worth the effort. The section above this weaves around to avoid some weirdness, but it could be straightened out.P1. To make this a longer adventure, you can start with Grits with Eggs Over-Easy or you can sta...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Second Pew Slideshow Add Photo
Possible line above the bolts?
Possible line above the bolts?
Right side of Second Pew.  Interesting possibilities; however, some of this probably needs some bolts to make it go.
Right side of Second Pew. Interesting possibiliti...
A micro arch from the east side.
A micro arch from the east side.
Bud Saults tops out Vegan.
Bud Saults tops out Vegan.

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