|Upper Great Face
This fun little outing offers some great climbing on mostly good stone in a beautiful setting.
Pitch 1: This is 'The Mother Of All Death-Flakes' pitch. Wander past the line of bolts on somewhat continuous terrain with a few good stances for rests. Angle slightly right to the last bolt and surmount the final bulge to reach the bolted belay anchor in a shallow, right-facing corner (5.11-, 105 feet).
- Use caution while climbing this pitch. There is a GIANT, detached flake system around bolts 5 and 6, to the left. It is easy (and probably best) to avoid contact with the 'Death-Flake'. An attempt to remove the flake prior to bolting was unsuccessful.
Pitch 2: Stem up the corner for a few feet and move right to clip the first bolt. Climb up through orange-colored rock past four closely spaced bolts (crux) and onto a narrow ledge. Wander up and left past 2 more bolts over exciting terrain to reach the final bolt, then climb up and right on an easy ramp to reach the bolted belay anchor on a nice, airy ledge. This belay is on the far left side of what is known as the '5.10 ledge' (5.11b, 90 feet).
Rappel the route or finish with any of the other routes that continue from the '5.10 ledge'.
This is the farthest left bolted line on the Upper Great Face. Start directly in front of a 4'x 4' flake sticking out of the ground next to the wall, between two trees.
Pitch 1: 10 bolts, bolted anchor.
Pitch 2: 8 bolts, bolted anchor.
60 meter rope mandatory. TIE A KNOT IN THE END OF YOUR ROPE!
|By Adam Baxter|
From: Estes Park, CO
Jun 26, 2012
Just did the first pitch of this on accident today thinking it was The Big Steep. It's not, but it's good! Sustained with a definitive crux at the last bolt.
|By J. Miller|
Jul 10, 2012
Chris and Paul have done a great job putting up routes on the Upper Great Face. Makes for a really fun outing. Go get on them!