This is a fun route navigating a dihedral to a thin crack and finally face climbing with solid jugs to a stellar top out. The first crux is most definitely getting established in the dihedral (be sure you're solid at the grade because the protection before getting established is unreliable at best), with a second through the thin crack....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
No, but there may be times when the base is closed, and there may be areas you shouldn't access (follow posted signs). Visitors are usually welcome on the Academy grounds during "normal" hours, for example, there is a visitor center that is open to the public, you can attend sporting events and parades, etc. There is a nice hiking trail to the summit of Eagle's Peak that anyone can do. You might have to show your driver's license at the gate, but the guards should be professional and friendly.