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Cynical Pinnacle Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.42059, -105.25164 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: John McNamee on Feb 17, 2006
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  • Description 

    Cynical Pinnacle is probably the most popular of the crags in the Cathedral Spires of the South Platte. Its prominent south-facing prow attracts the eye for miles. This spire hosts a number of fine routes. The ever popular Center Route gains the greatest lines & waits. However, Wunsch's Dihedral is an excellent sustained line for the intermediate to advanced crack climber. Turf Spreader draws the eye, but requires a pumpy roof to gain entry to its beautiful upper crack. The Prayer Book was once featured in a Jeff Lowe video. Breashear's Crack is a fun test piece for the advanced.

    Getting There 

    Walk uphill up one of the various of the trails ascending from the North Fork of the South Platte River. You may pass various abandoned relics from a different era along the way.

    Descent 

    Double ropes are necessary to rappel down the S face.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 4.5 miles from here

    16 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Cynical Pinnacle

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cynical Pinnacle:
    Hand Job Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Hand Job (aka West Face)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
    Twist O' Flex   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
    Center Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
    Center Route P3 Variation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Monkey in the Forest   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
    Class Act   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Turf Spreader   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
    Wunsch's Dihedral   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Rising Crescendo   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Mark B leading the horizontal. Beware of the loose...

    Turf Spreader 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CO : South Platte : ... : Cynical Pinnacle
    To the right of the Center Route on the Cynical Pinnacle is a beautiful, long, hand-sized crack that heads straight up the slab. This is the 3rd pitch of Turf Spreader.P1. You can begin at the bottom of the gully, looking up 40 feet or so into a no-pro chimney, which Hubbel rates 5.8. We chose pro, and headed around the corner to the right, making our first pitch P1 of the Great Chimney. You can even avoid the chimney by heading up the face (5.8ish), to the bolted anchors.P2 hea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

    Photos of Cynical Pinnacle Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: It is usually climbable during the winter months, ...
    BETA PHOTO: It is usually climbable during the winter months, ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: A party (including photographer) pushing a new lin...
    A party (including photographer) pushing a new lin...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Cynical Pinnacle is the spire on the right hand sk...
    Cynical Pinnacle is the spire on the right hand sk...
    Rock Climbing Photo: 2nd pitch of the great Center Route. Picture taken...
    2nd pitch of the great Center Route. Picture taken...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Deb Slevin on the 5.11+ finger crack.
    Deb Slevin on the 5.11+ finger crack.
    Rock Climbing Photo: View through the binocs from the road.
    View through the binocs from the road.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The C.P. from a little closer on the approach. 'Wu...
    The C.P. from a little closer on the approach. 'Wu...
    Rock Climbing Photo: West side of Cynical Pinnacle, taken from Sunshine...
    West side of Cynical Pinnacle, taken from Sunshine...
    Rock Climbing Photo: More views as a reward for the steep approach.
    More views as a reward for the steep approach.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Rock is coarse grained but not decomposing. Lots o...
    BETA PHOTO: Rock is coarse grained but not decomposing. Lots o...
    Rock Climbing Photo: CYNICAL PINNACLE TOPO
    CYNICAL PINNACLE TOPO
    Rock Climbing Photo: The C.P. from the approach as seen in 1996. Photo ...
    The C.P. from the approach as seen in 1996. Photo ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Amazing views reminded me of Tahquitz.
    Amazing views reminded me of Tahquitz.
    Rock Climbing Photo: West Side.
    West Side.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Summit anchor service with Buster Jesik, 9/17/13.
    BETA PHOTO: Summit anchor service with Buster Jesik, 9/17/13.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Cynical Pinnacle.
    Cynical Pinnacle.
    Rock Climbing Photo: West side.
    West side.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Cynical Pinnacle.
    Cynical Pinnacle.
    Rock Climbing Photo: From the Block Tower.
    From the Block Tower.

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    By Monty
    Administrator
    From: Golden, CO
    Feb 15, 2009
    Just wanted to mention that you can get down from the summit with a 70m rope. From the shoulder on top of Center Route, run across the wall to the top of the handcrack on Turf Spreader (bolt and fixed nut). Then to the next bolted anchor on the slab and so on.
    By Kevin Stricker
    From: Evergreen, CO
    Feb 16, 2009
    A 60m rope works fine for this, just knot your ends when you penji right to the third pitch anchor of Turf Spreader.
    By slim
    Administrator
    Feb 16, 2009
    Haven't ever done it with a 60, but it sounds nervewracking. Probably want to be careful if doing so.
    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Feb 16, 2009
    A 60m works great for the descent. The last rap will put you on the ledge, which is part of the 4th class approach.

    The summit register and pin needs to be replaced. There are only a couple blank pages left.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Nov 9, 2010
    It is completely possible to rap with one 60m rope off the summit.

    1st: Rap from the summit to the shoulder at the top of Center Route.
    2nd: Rap off the normal anchors at the top of Center Route, trending climber's right to the top of the 3rd pitch of Turf Spreader. There is one bolt and a slung nest here that you can rap off of. ~90ft!! Tie knots!!!
    3rd: Rap off these anchors and trend back left to a double bolt anchor. Big pendulum here!
    4th: Rap straight down to a hidden anchor ~60-70 feet below.
    5th: Rap straight down to the 4th class ledges ~100ft

    I would recommend an autoblock. I did not use an autoblock and resorted to heel-toe cam acrobatics to traverse the large horizontal crack to get to the anchor at the top of turf spreader. ALSO TIE KNOTS!! The end of the rope is not far away on a couple of these raps.
    By Keith Leary
    Aug 5, 2011
    Found two ropes hanging at Cynical Pinnacle, if they are yours contact us at nctxclimber@gmail.com or wannabedirtbag@yahoo.com.
    By John Klooster
    From: Arvada, CO
    Aug 5, 2011
    Keith, I sent you an email. Thanks
    By JFisher
    Aug 18, 2012
    Great day up on Wunsch's on Thursday, 8/16 although my partner was unable to clean a yellow TCU 1/2 way up the 3rd pitch and somehow a purple BD c3 worked its way off my harness and fell (presumably) onto the 1st pitch ledges.... If anybody finds one/both of these, I would be EXTREMELY grateful. Thanks!
    By moby
    Oct 14, 2013
    If you left a black jacket and gloves below the Center Route on the Cynical Pinnacle on the 13th, I have them and will happly return them too you.
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