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I hesitate to write about Lumpy, I grew up spending my summers in Estes Park and started my climbing career 7 years ago at Lumpy. Since then, I have seen it grow immensely in popularity and is headed the way of Eldo (i.e. crowded as hell); however, this growth is mainly from the weekend warriors, on the weekday climbing is more reasonable.

Lumpy is awesome, the climbs are moderately long, two to five pitches on average, and take place in a spectacular setting with views of Longs and RMNP. The climbs are spread out on a number of unique formations, the most popular being The Book. Sundance, far at the end of the ridge, is the tallest cliff at 700-800' and has awesome classic climbing with a long approach that deters the lazier climbers.

The climbing at Lumpy is interesting. I have always felt it to be quite stiff. Pushing the grades here in the 5.10 and 5.11 range often requires fiddling with tricky pro on less than vertical flared cracks while fighting a heinous calf pump. The pitches tend to be full length and take place on highly technical granite that requires solid footwork. There aren't too many beginner climbs here, Lumpy climbing is concentrated in the 5.9-5.11 range. That said there are a few classic outings in the 5.5-5.8 range. These include:

Magical Chrome Plated Semi-Automatic Enema Syringe (5.7, this is a good, although not classic climb), Batman and Robin (5.6, great beginner climb or first lead), White Whale and Hiatus (5.7, totally classic), Kor's Flake (5.8, longer route), Osiris (5.8, you will either love or hate this "wider" climb), Melvin's Wheel (.8+, great climb), Pear Buttress (.8+, best 5.8 on the Ridge), Cackle Crack (5.8, short).

Climbing in the 5.9-5.10 range opens up tons of classics, these are a very few. J-Crack (.9, spicy with a runout 5.8 traverse, time tested classic), Loose Ends (.9 awesome), George's Tree (.9, very typical Lumpy climbing), Mainliner (.9-, DO THIS CLIMB), Orange Julius (.10a, varied climbing), Climb of the Ancient Mariner (.10a classic face), Fat City (.10+ famous classic, a sandbag), Cheap Date (.10a) and Outlander (.10+), great finish to routes like Pear Buttress and J-Crack ), Gollum's Arch (.10a, sandbagged and sustained with many different sizes on it). In the 5.11 range, almost every route is good, yet many are tricky to protect as they are thin seams and faint features. Stretch Marks (.11a, a little scary), Living Dead (.11b, very finicky protection), Backbone Arete (.11c, a well bolted yet very hard slab), Finger Lickin' Good (.11a), Corner Pump Station (.11c). I haven't done these two, yet they, obviously belong on this list.

For those with minimal time to spare, Little Twin Owls has good toproping with a classic Finger Crack (.11) that should not be missed. There is good bouldering just before Little Twin Owls, and just after the turnoff for The Book. Two good routes for the solid .10 trad leader are on Checkerboard Rock, a fifteen minute approach. These climbs are Ziggy's Day Out (.10+) and Checkerboard Crack (.10b), both these routes are short and require a lot of skill at placing pro. Checkerboard Crack is classic Lumpy climbing, flared, insecure, sustained, and very hard to protect.

Getting There 

Take US 36 to Estes, head across the lake and go straight at the first stoplight you meet. At the second stoplight, head straight, the road curves left here and passes the Stanley Hotel. Take a right 1/4 mile after the Stanley on Devil's Gulch Road. Head straight on this road for a mile or so (Lumpy Ridge should be quite obvious in front of you) until it begins to curve right. When it curves right, there will be a wooden gate that says McGregor Ranch. Take the road through the gate for a half mile, to the Lumpy Ridge parking lot.

The new trailhead will be located east of the Twin Owls Trailhead just off MacGregor Ave. The gravel access road lies just west of the Gem Lake Trailhead. This will result in an additional 0.7 miles to formations west of Twin Owls. This will shorten access to crags east of Twin Owls. Happy hiking.

Trail Realignment 

There appears to be a line of cord uphill/north of the old Black Canyon Trail. It is likely the new trail location as part of the changes to be made with the land deal swap/reversal of easements (which includes the new parking lot to the east). Now, the fences have moved (as of 2009).

New Trailhead 

There is a new, 100-car, paved trailhead for Lumpy Ridge. The old Twin Owls trailhead is in the process of being reverted closer to its former state. The new trailhead adds on 0.6 miles to routes from Twin Owls and west (Batman, Book, Pear, Sundance, etc.) Note, for those new to the area, the trail listed as Black Canyon Trail is used to access The Book, The Pear, Sundance etc.) The water source at the old Twin Owls lots is still on as of 7/07.

Obscure bit 

This was called Thataa-ai-atah by Arapaho Indians which means "little lumps".


No dogs allowed off the pavement. It is a National Park.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

391 Total Routes

['4 Stars',53],['3 Stars',123],['2 Stars',134],['1 Star',72],['Bomb',6]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lumpy Ridge:
Batman and Robin   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Batman Pinnacle
Kor's Flake   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Sundance Buttress
Hiatus   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Left Book
White Whale   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Left Book
Osiris   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches   The Book : The Pages Wall Area
Backflip   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches   The Bookmark
The 37th Cog in Melvin's Wheel aka Melvin's Wheel   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   The Bookmark
Pear Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches   The Book : J-Crack Slab Area
Sidetrack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 900'   Sundance Buttress
Loose Ends   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   The Book : J-Crack Slab Area
Mainliner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Sundance Buttress
J-Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   The Book : J-Crack Slab Area
Romulan Territory   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   The Bookmark
Turnkorner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Sundance Buttress
Climb of the Ancient Mariner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   The Bookend
Cheap Date   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Book : The Pages Wall Area
Idiot Wind   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 1050'   Sundance Buttress
Fat City Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   The Book : The Pages Wall Area
Crack of Fear   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Twin Owls
Between The Sheets   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches   The Bookmark
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Sundance Buttress and Sundance Needle bathed in a ...
Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Lumpy Ridge.
Lumpy Ridge.
The Whole West End of the Shootin' Match.
BETA PHOTO: The Whole West End of the Shootin' Match.
View of the park from the Book area.
View of the park from the Book area.
Small granite arch at Lumpy.
Small granite arch at Lumpy.
Bandit in action
Bandit in action
Lumpy Ridge during a rainy sunset.
Lumpy Ridge during a rainy sunset.
Twin Owls and autumn gold, Lumpy Ridge, Colorado.
Twin Owls and autumn gold, Lumpy Ridge, Colorado.
A couple of climbers head toward the Book on a bea...
A couple of climbers head toward the Book on a bea...
Sunset over Lumpy, 7-28-2007.
Sunset over Lumpy, 7-28-2007.
Fall colors.
Fall colors.
Elk and horses-Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Elk and horses-Lumpy Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
The view from The Book on 3-31-12.
The view from The Book on 3-31-12.
Sunset over Sundance and Batman Rock, 7-28-2007.
Sunset over Sundance and Batman Rock, 7-28-2007.
View from top of 1st pitch of Osiris, The Book
View from top of 1st pitch of Osiris, The Book
Lumpy Ridge from Trail Ridge, 7/25/09.
Lumpy Ridge from Trail Ridge, 7/25/09.
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A unique view of Lumpy from the second highest poi...
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From left to right: Observatory Dome, Sunshine But...
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Anyone recognize this low-angled dome up above Thu...
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Ponderosa pines frame Sundance and Thunder Buttres...
Elk, owned by Captain MacGregor
Elk, owned by Captain MacGregor
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By Brian Sorden
Jul 30, 2001
Food for thought: Having a chat with one of the park's rangers one day, we asked him what climb/area produces the most injuries/ accidents. His response was that 70% of the injuries he knew of in recent years occur on "J crack," mostly due to the minimally protected traverse. Be safe out there, and protect the second.
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 23, 2001
Yeah, you out with the exposure and all. I was up on the J crack when a terrible lightning storm broke out, and it's not easy to back off of, so be careful. Don't miss this route for the world though, it is my favorite in Colorado.
By Stef Dutton
Oct 3, 2001
I visited Lumpy for the first time last week, and it is BEAUTIFUL!! However, I do have one concern. While climbing Pear Buttress we encountered a rappel station at the end of the second pitch (at the big ledge just before the finger crack pitch) composed of 2 nuts superglued to the rock and equalized with chains. We saw this again in the first pitch of Melvin's Wheel, only this time, we could easily remove one of the nuts. Now that's scary! If the climb is difficult enough to require a permanent rap station, wouldn't a set of bolted rings be more appropriate? I realize bolting is by hand only in Rocky Mtn. National Park, but it would surely be easier and safer than this arrangement. Or, perhaps it may not even need a permanent rap station.
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 18, 2001
Labor Day Weekend '95. Just putting on our boots at when the climber on J Crack took a ground fall. Broke both tibia and fibula on his right leg. Took 4 of us and the Rangers' second team 6 hours to get him down. Yes, be especially careful.
By artrley goodhart
Nov 6, 2001
Yeah the I could see how you could get hert on the J crack that traverse has no pro. And if you come of you pendulum a good 15 feet talk about rock burn.
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 24, 2001
Only one amendment, this guy says that Lumpy has gone the way of Eldo (i.e. crowded as hell). This could not be further from the truth. Lumpy may be more crowded now than ten years ago, but it still is far less crowded than any other five star granite area I've seen. Sure, White Whale or Pear Buttress may have one or two parties on them on a sunny Saturday, but you can stroll up to almost any route, on almost any day and see no one. Don't let this guy scare you away with negative comments. If you want to see a crowded crag, saunter through the Gunks on a Sunday in September, you'll probably be pawning your rack on Ebay.
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 5, 2002
1) Don't be the one to add anchors on Lumpy, especially in the area the previous guy is talking about. Many people bail early from the second pitch area of Loose Ends/Pear Buttress. This is the top out for Thindependence, Toot, and a few others. There are plenty of gear options for people to play with. Top out or lose gear to the guys/cougars who climb the next day...or are just getting off work. Again, let the locals deal with the fixed anchor issues. (I am not a local, anymore)

2) #2 Ed's Cantina. Enough said.

3) If you think it is too crowded...try hitting the full moon in warmer weather. Take a headlamp and enjoy. I have yet to have to wait for anyone.

4) Work at the YMCA before you get a real job. This will allow you to really hit RMNP hard and find all the Cougars you need in a summer.
By Anonymous Coward
May 17, 2002
About J-crack: the traverse can be protected using double ropes. I set a piece pretty high in the RH crack, then move back down a bit, traverse, and clip the first few pieces in the LH crack on the other rope. Much safer, and no rope drag whatsoever! Double ropes are the way to go.
By nate_
Nov 27, 2002
In my opinion, the best climbs in the ridge are [Stretch] Marks, George's Tree, Batman and Robin, and Kor's Flake (which is got to be the most exposed climb in Lumpy). Does anyone know of internships for CMS this next summer? Nate
Jan 8, 2003
Lumpy Ridge is where it's at. Nested in the outcroppings of mother nature. This is a place to be safe and get your groove on. If you need any climbing stuff or a coffee stop in the downtown (Mexican restuarant and the climbing shop next to it, nice wall guys! Rock on). If you want to climb right next to Mother Nature, this is the place. It feels like your on top of the world when your chillin' on the Ridge. Nice hike up to most of the climbing. This is a must for scenery and good climbing, too. Beginner routes to expert routes, it's all there to play on. Don't forget what you pack in, pack out.
By Hayden Yurkanis
Apr 10, 2003
What is going on with the parking situation??? Does one still park at the ranch, or has nothing been resolved?
By Ben Mottinger
Founding Father
Apr 11, 2003
I don't believe there are plans to begin the move until fall 2003, subject to funding.

Please see:


or "if you have any questions about this matter, or if you would like to obtain a hardcopy of the FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) , please contact Larry Gamble, the park's Chief of Planning and Compliance. He can be reached at (970) 586-1320."
By Bryan Lechner
From: Denver, CO
Jul 2, 2003
Does anyone have any suggestions on places to camp? Either established camp sites where I can pitch a tent or a place where I can legally pull my car off to the side and park for the night? Preferably a place where I don't have to spend $$...
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Feb 9, 2004
Estes can be amazing in the winter. This Saturday there was an afternoon window warm enough to boulder in jeans & a shirt and actually sweat. Clear skies, protected S-facing rock, and no snow at the base req'd. Moooo.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Apr 23, 2004
As someone who does a bit of rebolting work with the ASCA I would just like to say that Greg, Chris, etc. run a very ethical organization. I can tell you first hand that people like Greg, who probably replaces 100-200 bolts, or more, per year, is doing this gratis. Luckily his girlfriend has a truck since his truck has had a blown head gasket for a long time.

And, not to downplay the efforts made in rebolting single pitch routes, the ASCA has been responsible for rebolting many multi-pitch routes in areas such as Yosemite and Red Rocks. The amount of effort to drag all that gear up many, many pitches and climb then re-bolt routes is staggering. It makes big wall climbing seem trivial.

Please do not stop contributing to the ASCA because of one bad apple. Greg, Chris, et al. are doing a great service to the climbing community. It is a thankless job that is in need of your support to keep it happening (www.safeclimbing.org).

By Dale Remsberg
Apr 26, 2004
Hello all,

First of all Eli is out of town and probably would like to be part of this discussion. I will leave that up to him and to respond to the bolt issue on the parking lot rock.

As far as the route King Tut goes- I drilled the one protection bolt that is on the slab 1/2 between Ramses and Cat Dancing. The route is a little bit of a sqeeze but is a great route and to climb it directly without the bolt would put the leader into ledge fall territory. I tried to lead it group up but backed off. WE cleaned much rock off of the overlaps, much of it being very loose and poorly protectable. There are some other overlaps to the right but still to the left of Ramses that Jason may have climbed or he may have climbed the same route. The fact that we claimed a new route may have been premature and if you have climbed this entire route prior to 3/04 let this site know and you can name it., grade it etc... chop the bolt if you think it is unessecary. Just trying to get cool new routes up! As far as the anchor goes. It is a convenience anchor. I see no problem with that. 99% percent of the bolted anchors at Lumpy are convenience anchors. One could always climb choss to the top and walk off. Or rap off slings around horns that litter the area and are eye sores. (I know bolts are eye sores to some, but generally they are considered lower visual impact) If you want to jump on a band wagon, jump on one that is going to allow the park to build and brand new trail only 300 feet above the exisiting one.

peace to all,

By Crusty
May 5, 2004
Beer and margaritas next Tuesday boys. Please be civil.
By Nate A
From: Estes Park, CO
Jun 14, 2005
AC, the pitch you were on used to be the first pitch of Bosch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it was chopped quite a few years ago. The bolts you saw and clipped are some that have been replaced by locals in an effort to fix up the route.
By craggin carl
Nov 12, 2005
The previous post is an imposter, [Eds. it has been deleted] FYI I have returned to Summit County for the winter and have not had a chance to chime in for a while. I also just had knee surgery last Tuesday so will not be able to climb for a little bit.

I do however know of the arete that the fake CC is talking about and I too believe this would be a great clip up pretty close to the car, well I guess it used to be close to the car. Hey fake CC, get some bolts in that thing, it is a pretty sweet line.

May I suggest top roping it a bunch first and then talking to Laurence Stumpke about the best place for the clippies. He has a good eye for bolting aretes.

Hello to all the Estes Folk, and I hope you are having fun in the snow.

By Blitzo
Sep 15, 2006
A beautiful place! Nice, easy approaches!
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
May 2, 2007
The NEW LUMPY RIDGE PARKING LOT is nearly complete. It is expected to open within the next 6 weeks. Once open the old Lumpy lot as well as the old Gem Lake trailhead roadside parking will be closed. The new lot will add .7 miles to your one-way hike to all points west (Batman, Book, Sundance, etc.). To access the lot, proceed east on Devils Gulch Road from the old MacGregor Ranch road turn off. A new paved road with NPS signs will be obvious on your left (north). The good news is that there will be a new shithouse -- cuz nobody will miss the old one. There will be no further public access through the Ranch. The memorial water fountain at the old lot-site will remain in service.
By Eli Helmuth
From: Estes Park, CO
May 14, 2007
The latest word from the NPS trailcrew is that the new parking lot will not be open until probably mid-June as there have been some delays with construction- thus the old parking lot will be open until that time.
By ChrisGill
May 20, 2007
I'm on the RMNP trail crew and the new lot is still to open Memorial weekend, as long as the weather accommodates the pouring of the lot tomorrow.

A few other things to clear up, the new trail is officially 0.7 miles long, I just GPS'ed it for the park. The fencing and gates are also being reconstructed; this should help with the wandering cattle.

This new parking lot is a must, by 945am Friday the Ranch lot was full. Yesterday the Gem Lake lot was over capacity by 11am.
By Ben Griffin
From: Durango, CO
Mar 3, 2008
Anyone want to go climb at Lumpy tomorrow? I am visiting my girlfriend and would love to check out this spot. I am a strong climber. If I do not feel comfortable leading a route, then I can guarantee I can follow. I could also be persuaded to go to the Monastary, so I am also flexible. Hopefully someone out there in this world has time to climb.
By Reece Henson
From: Knoxville, TN
Jun 6, 2010
Does anyone know of a good place to camp around the area that's either free of cheap?
By Meg
From: Moab, UT
Jun 19, 2010
So, in a moment of sheer stupidity, I dropped my shoe off of the second pitch of Romulan Territory today. Much searching for it afterwards today did not turn it up. So, if anyone finds a left, Scarpa Vision shoe, I would LOVE it back! Thanks - Megan 303-842-2910.
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Sep 14, 2010
RE: Lumpy Ridge Climbers Reunion October 1-3. cocktails, clinics, & dirt:

You are invited to join other climbers, and first ascensionist, of past and present, and other lovers of Lumpy Ridge to celebrate a half century of climbing at Lumpy Ridge, Colorado. The festivities will be held the weekend of October 1st through 3rd . Details are attached.

We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of activities on Lumpy as well as in Estes Park. Details are attached.

This is the tenth (yes 10th !) straight year of partnership with Rocky Mountain National Park and stewardship of the climbers access trails. Lets make this a fun and memorable Decade in the Dirt. Over the last ten year we have provided over 500 participants and 4000 hours of service work on Lumpy Ridge. These are not your tourist trails but the steep, narrow and rugged climber access trails to each of the crags we enjoy. Destinations include: Sundance, The Pear, The Book End, Book Mark, Left Book and Book, Batman and the Twin Owls. Some of these access and descent trails are 800 vertical feet in length. Some now have over 60 wood water-bars and 100 stone steps each notched into place to prevent erosion and improve the hike. On Sunday, October 3rd we’ll begin the day by staging at the Estes Park, Town Hall parking lot at 7am. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all volunteers.

In celebration of over 50 years of climbing on Lumpy, I’d like to invite you to come on Friday and/or Saturday also, and join the energetic group for cocktails, dinner and a slide show by Author and compulsive first-ascensionist; Scott Kimball. From the late 1970’s to the mid 1980’s Scott put up over 50 new routes on Lumpy Ridge and penned two guide books. Many of us found our way around the Ridge using the blue “stars” book for over a decade.
Scott will provide warm stories and a viewing of many of those routes on Saturday evening at the Estes Park Museum, at 8pm. There will be a social hour starting at 6pm followed by a full-spread buffet dinner starting at 7pm.

For dinner reservations; please pay $20 in advance by PayPal. (Same for Credit card) at paypal.com, use the Send Money tab, and Send Money Online to this email: ekreis@americanalpineclub.org for the Lumpy Dinner. Other inquiries and questions can be sent to Section Chairman Chris Pruchnic at 303-809-6783, haliku@yahoo.com, or event coordinator Greg Sievers at g_sievers57@q.com.

I hope to see you here for some, part, or all, of the Lumpy Ridge Climbers Reunion and the 10th Annual Lumpy Trails Day.
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
May 7, 2011
2011 Raptor Closure info: go to

Updated February 22, 2011

Lumpy Ridge Raptor Closures
March through July

Each year, Rocky Mountain National Park initiates temporary closures in certain areas of the park to ensure birds of prey (raptors) will be undisturbed during their breeding and nesting seasons.

Closure notices will also be posted at key access points in the park.

As breeding and nesting data are collected, additional closures may be necessary, or closures may be lifted.

Closure Areas Include:
•Twin Owls
•Alligator Rock*
•Rock One
•Batman Rock, Pinnacle
•Sheep Mountain
•Thunder Buttress – The Parish
•Lightning Rock
•Checkerboard Rock

Areas not listed above are presumed to be open. These closures will be lifted or extended as conditions dictate.

Closures include the named rock formations and the areas extending 100 yards surrounding the base of the formations including all climbing routes, outcroppings, cliffs, faces, ascent and descent routes, and climbers’ access trails to the formations.

  • The Alligator Rock closure includes areas extending 200 yards from the base of the formation.
By D@n
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 15, 2011
No Dogs Allowed.
In my ignorance, I brought my dog to Lumpy and on the way out received a 20 minute lecture and a $100 ticket.
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Jun 19, 2011
Yup - no dogs allowed in any National Park ('cept on a leash, in a parking lot). Kind of obvious. Bummer.
By Steve kirk
Feb 11, 2012
What's the current weather and snow cover like at Lumpy? Planning a trip in two weeks and hope to get some climbing in there.
Thanks for any information....
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Apr 16, 2012
Annual raptor closure details for Lumpy Ridge. FYI
By Lee Landkamer
From: Golden, CO
Jun 17, 2012
I found a pair of trekking poles at the base of the Book on 16-June, 12. Contact me with a description and I will give them to you.
By Christy-Dale
From: Harrisonburg, VA
Sep 16, 2012
Dry Gulch Road is closed today for unknown reasons. The detour suggested by RMNP staff - turn around, take US 34 E as if headed to Loveland. At Dry Gulch Rd, turn N for about 3 miles, then L back onto Devil's Gulch. It means you'll approach parking from the N instead of the S.
By david garber
Sep 27, 2012
Could you please delete your 11-year-old first paragraph in your description of Lumpy Ridge? Lumpy doesn't deserve a negative introduction. In my opinion, it has been well maintained, is accessible, and doesn't suffer from overcrowding.
By Nat T.
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 17, 2013
I may have left a pair of sunglasses while climbing last week. We were climbing in the J-Crack/Pear Buttress area. Have a reward if anyone finds 'em.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Aug 23, 2013
From Kelly Cordes:

I live in Estes Park and was thinking about my weekend plans and had forgotten about the road closures up here on Saturday for the pro bicycling race. I glanced at a few links and maps, and on the NPS RMNP page it mentioned that Lumpy Ridge and RMNP access will be shut down most of the day. Climbers will probably want to know this. in looking at the map, I think that access to the Monastery will probably be closed or limited as well. Basically, all kinds of stuff around the Estes Valley seems like it'll be a mess on Saturday.

I tuned out after looking at it a little bit, and figure I'll just stay home and work Saturday anyway -- I'm buried in deadlines. So, I don't know a lot about it, but your site's viewers might find it useful.

Figured I'd email you and let you know, in case you wanted to announce it under "climbing news" or something. Or would the forum be a better place for it? I'm swamped right now and thus kinda didn't want to hassle with posting in the forums, and then dealing with questions (and accusations and insults, ha! can't imagine it, though it is a web forum, and it seems it takes about one page before the name calling begins :) ) or anything that follows -- I don't know anything more than what I quickly perused online, just figured that people would want to know about it.

If it's best for me to just post it in the forum, though, I can do that. I'll just copy-paste this.


Here's some links:


By colussiv
Aug 17, 2014
Found a medical kit at the Sundance buttress near the start of Mainliner. Msg me with the description, if it belongs to you.
By HikingGirl
Sep 28, 2014
Found a camera on Lumpy Ridge, Saturday Sept. 27th. Msg. me with the description, if it belongs to you.
By 0o0o0
Oct 18, 2014
Lost keys bouldering either in the Twin Owls, lower Twin Owls, Pear Boulders, or somewhere in that direction. Toyota key with an orange carabiner. Please contact me with any info. Thanks!

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