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The Fin

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Andrology T,S 
CG's Naked Fun Time S 
Dynamometer T,S 
East of Eden T,TR 
Edge of Time S,TR 
Lost Time T,S 
Slabbed Up-Side da Head S 
Unknown S 

The Fin  

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Elevation: 9,534'
Location: 40.3127, -105.5411 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on May 16, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Jurassic Park, showing the major formations. Upda...


The Fin is another elongate formation near the top of the hill and is host to half a dozen good routes. The crag really has some mixed lines that take a piece or two of trad gear, and a set of Camalots will suffice for everything. Overall, the climbing on The Fin is great (***), however, some of the stone can be friable so don't yard like Hell on everything. The area classic, Edge of Time (5.9) should just get its bolts upgraded with one or two new ones to turn it into a more satisfying lead. Since it is not difficult, just stay in tune and use the feet. A 60 meter rope will descend from everything, or you can walk off to the right.

Getting There 

Hike to the right around Lily Lake. Just before the bench head up hill via a climbers trail that doesn't look like much immediately. The trail takes you up along a corridor between the main climbing formations. The Fin is on the right and near the upper end of the corridor and just opposite the Dinosaur's Foot.


AB. Unknown, 9, 1p, 75', TR.
B. East of Eden, 9, 1p, 85', TR, now bolts.
C. Lost Time, 7, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
CD. Unknown, 9 R, 1p.
D. Edge of Time, 9, 1p, 85', bolts.
E. Andrology, 11+, 1p, 100', bolts.
F. Dynamometer, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
G. Slabbed Up-Side da Head, 10+, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. CG's Naked Fun Time, 10-, 1p, bolts.
I. Stegosaurus, 1p, gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.1 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fin:
Lost Time   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Edge of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'   
East of Eden   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
CG's Naked Fun Time   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Slabbed Up-Side da Head   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dynamometer   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Andrology   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
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Edge of Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Fin
Follow the trail to the highest point and turn around (right) to see the obvious sharp arete looking back towards the diamond, a beautiful line. Perhaps one of the most scenic climbs in the Estes Park area, without being on a wall somewhere. This route is photographed and is on the front cover of the Gillett guide book for the [Estes Park] valley areas. A spectacular line.... It is now a bolt lead only protected by 4 bolts and a pin. You can toprope this route by scrambling to the top of the wal...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Dark Knight in Jurassic Park.
The Dark Knight in Jurassic Park.
At the top, with a jet!  The Fin, Jurassic Park, C...
At the top, with a jet! The Fin, Jurassic Park, C...
Andrology, The Fin.
Andrology, The Fin.
The Fin as seen from the Middle Toe on Dinosaur Fo...
The Fin as seen from the Middle Toe on Dinosaur Fo...
Edge of Time, The Fin.
Edge of Time, The Fin.
The Fin.
The Fin.
Atop The Fin.
Atop The Fin.

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By Nate Christiansen
Jan 28, 2003
Checked this area out about a month ago cause I didn't get a chance to climb last summer and the Fin is LOADED with great steep, crimpy, clean routes. I saw about 4 more lines than posted in Gillett's guide. I was doing edge of time 2 summers ago and I overheard someone putting up a 5.13 right in the center of the Fin. Could be wrong.
By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Aug 12, 2007
My father and I have added CHAINS to the climbs Dynamometer and Andrology so that you can lower to the ground/pull your rope/TR, etc without the hastle of walking off.
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