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The Platitudes Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bruce Hildenbrand on Jun 20, 2011


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BETA PHOTO: 'Dig Those Moves' on the left, Knee Jerk Reaction ...


This is one of several crags which makes up the Second Band of the Country-Western crags. The rock consists of low angle slab climbing on good granite.

There can be a bit of an ant problem at the base of the routes so be vigilant.

Getting There 

There are two approaches. First, one can come in from the west by walking under Tomahawk Buttress. One can also approach the rock by heading slightly uphill and west from Vrain Child; a five-minute walk.

Climbing Season

For the South Fork of St. Vrain Canyon area.

Weather station 8.9 miles from here

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Element 101 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO : Lyons : ... : The Platitudes
Since there is no fixed protection on this climb, the exact line is a bit up to the leader. Pass several horizontal bands where protection can be placed. Other than that, just keep heading for the large pine tree about 20 feet right of a large, right-facing dihedral.To descend, traverse climber's right 40 feet on a good ledge to a tree with rappel slings and rap 60-70' to the ground.A seldom done second pitch continues up a left-facing flake (5.6) to the top of the formation....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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