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First Pew

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Altar Boy T 
Elmo Amber Alert T,TR 
Features on a Slabscape T 
Georgia Style T 
Loose Horn T 
New York Reload TR 
Southern Hospitality T 
Unknown 2 TR 
Unknown 4 S 

First Pew  


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Elevation: 7,700'
Location: 40.4346, -105.5017 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 11, 2012
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Description 

This is the strata of rock that lies just to the north of pear-shaped Pulpit Rock. It is a wide, slabby expanse of rock. It has ascending gullies just behind it from the east and from the west. At its shortest, it is less than a rope length just behind Pulpit Rock. At its tallest, it is over 60m tall. Its right side has seen a bit of sport climbing development on a near vertical bit of rock. Overall, its face consists of discontinuous cracks separated by a decent amount of slab.

Given a lack of a better name or knowledge of any previous name, we'll name it First Pew. If you know of a previous name, please let me know, and I'll update this.

Sadly, I report as of 5/14/13 that this rock is a site of the latest bolt war in Estes Park.

Descent: you can scramble off the left end with a short downclimb at a tree. You can scramble fairly easily off the middle left side. There are 2 2 bolt anchors (which seem to have been removed as of 5/14/13) ~60' on the far right side of this strata.

L->R:

A. Hermit Kingdom, 8 R, gear?
B? Saber Rattler, 8 R, gear?
C? Features on a Slabscape, 7, 2p, 250', gear.
D? O.C. Route, 8+/9 or 7, 2p, bolts & gear.
E. Altar Boy, 7 PG-13 or 8 R, 2p, 300', gear.
F. Southern Hospitality, 8, 1-2p, 160'-260', bolt & gear.
G. Georgia Style, 9+ (7R), 2p, 315', gear & bolt (chopped).
H. Loose Horn, 8+ PG-13, 1p, 120', gear.
I. Elmo Amber Alert, 7 R, 1p, 60', gear / TR.
J. Unknown 2, 10-, 1p, 60', TR.
K. New York Reload, 10, 1p, 60', TR.
K. Unknown 4, 10, 1p, 60', TR.

Getting There 

From the McGraw Ranch / Cow Creek Canyon trailhead, hike to the east side of the barn and find the cairned trail to the base of Pulpit Rock. Once at its base, angle up and left.

Land Management 

This crag appears to be on Comanche Wilderness land, so power drills are not allowed. Also, they prefer camoflauged hangers.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

9 Total Routes

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