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Actually a subsidiary cliff to the Book, the Bookmark has some fantastic routes and is always less crowded, despite a shorter approach. Romulan Territory is a quintessential Lumpy 5.10 corner climb, and both Melvin's Wheel and Backflip climb beautiful 5.8 cracks and corners. Fantasy Ridge (5.9) is a unique must-do climb. Descent: very confusing. Downclimb or a do a short rappel (if summiting). Get established in either of the recesses (east or west) flanking the rock. Both will necessitate funky down-climbing and/or annoying rappel(s). Many routes end in the recess east of the summit; locate [a 2 bolt anchor with chains through a slot & stance facing the gully. Also, the fin where Fantasy Ridge and Joy and Tribulation top out has a bolted anchor. It is on the corner of the fin between the fin and the summit block, once again pretty obvious chains. From this anchor, a 100 foot rappel down into the gully (towards the Left Book) will deposit you at a hidden sling anchor under a chockstone (not visible from above.) A 50M rope will put you within an easy scramble of this anchor. Then, it's one more short rap and a scramble to the base of the Left Book. This descent is now pretty casual. There is talk of replacing the chain anchors with something less visually offensive.]
From the new parking lot, take the west trail towards the old Twin Owls parking lot ~0.6 miles. Then, head west from the old Twin Owls parking lot, turn off right for the Book, and then turn off left for the Bookmark (follow signs). ~40-45 minutes to approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bookmark:
Original Fantasy Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches
Backflip 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 4 pitches
The 37th Cog in Melvin's Wheel aka Melvin's Wheel 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches
East Side 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches
Fantasy Ridge 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, 4 pitches
Inside Straight 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Penis Chimney 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Grade II
Joy and Tribulation 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, 3 pitches
Star Trek 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a X Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Romulan Territory 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
The Goose 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Bellyflop 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Between The Sheets 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
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The 37th Cog in Melvin's Wheel aka Melvin's Wheel 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookmark
This is a great route at an even grade. Hike around to the west side of the large (100 feet) flatiron that leans up against the rock. The route begins where the flatiron ends.P1 - Climb a left-facing corner with two small trees (or perhaps one?-bad memory), continue up cracks and turn the right side of a roof, and traverse right to a good ledge (5.8, 150 feet). The cracks just to the right, behind the flatiron, are bushy and not nearly as fun.P2 - Climb the beautiful hand crack in a blank slab ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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