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Comp Rock - East Face

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L to R R to L Alpha
Already Been Done Crack T 
Bathing Beauty T 
Castle Rocks Gardening Club T 
Continental Crust S 
East Ridge Variation T 
Handy T,S 
Mantle Dynamics S 
Mein Komp T 
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Comp Rock - East Face  

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Location: 42.1359, -113.6689 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: grk10vq on Jul 3, 2006
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Area Description 

A more moderate section of Comp Rock, this part of the crag has a good handful of hits and misses under 5.11. With a good share of cracks and face climbing, you'll find some really nice, well done classics mixed with a couple of no-star bombs. An exposed area, this crag sees sun almost all day.


Follow the signed/designated trail to Comp Rock from the lower parking lot. Take a marked trail between the lower Comp Wall and Wedding Bell. A scramble to the base of the routes is necessary.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.8 miles from here

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Comp Rock - East Face:
Handy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Continental Crust   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   
Mantle Dynamics   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Mantle Dynamics 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  ID : Castle Rocks : ... : Comp Rock - East Face
This shares the start of Continental Crust but continues straight up the arete. The arete may seem a bit exposed to some but it's almost impossible to climb above your protection on this one. A couple of "cruxy" moves in the middle spice up the route and as you may have guessed at least one is a mantle....[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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By Charlie Perry
Oct 11, 2006
I noticed that some of the routes going up are lower grade R and X. My suggestion is to make these routes non R or X for the following reasons.

1. The City of Rocks is known and acclaimed for its bolted safe climbing. There are plenty of other areas in the nation that sport routes that are hairy. Like in my neighborhood, Fort Collins.

2. By putting up R and X routes you are limiting the number of people who would climb these routes. Is it fair for a hard 11 climber to put up a 5.7 R-X? Anybody climbing at that level would possibly pass over a beautiful route due to the danger. Even worse someone might try it, fall and become seriously injured. The cost of such evacuations are exorbitant. Most municipalities are running on a limited budget as it is. If the cost for rescue strains their budget, the simplest and easiest path is to prohibit climbing in these areas. Do you want to take the risk of loosing our climbing privileges in the City as well as Castle Rock?
3. Once a climb is established it is forever! Why would anyone want to limit the access to a climb forever due to a dangerous runout that could possibly be cured with an additonal bolt or two. I see this all the time at Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park. Perfectly good death routes that hardly ever get climbed because some one like suicidal John Yablonski put it up.
p.s. He killed himself.

I just returned from the City for the first time in six years. It is really a great fun climbing area were most of the climbs are pretty safe and protected. A nice reprieve from psychotic runout routes.
By Brian in SLC
Oct 12, 2006
There's always been a mix of styles especially at the City. For instance, Dowdle Face is now Delay of Game (used to have no bolts, or just one old stud, and yet, folks still have been hurt/killed on it). Twist and Crawl, Tribal Boundries, etc, have had bolts added over time. Look at Chocolate Face, Batwings Direct, Suburban Sprawl, Infinite, etc etc. Plenty of R and X rated routes still exist.

These are new routes. Give them time. There's tons of well protected routes. If a few non well protected lines gather dust, no biggie. And, most FA'ers who don't protect their routes adequately, seem to not mind an upgrade later on.

Its all good.
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