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Mary's Bust Area

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Mary's Bust - left buttress 
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Mary's Bust Area 


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Description 

Construction Zone

This is an organizational entry to help with restructuring this section of the Big Thompson Canyon. It was suggested by one of the BTC developers.

The Mary's Bust area provides Big Thompson climbers with a wealth of different opportunities for climbs ranging from 1 to 6 pitches, trad climbs to sport climbs, slabs to overhangs, and from 5.6 to 13-. The rock is granitic with significant quartz intrusions and pockets of mica which can may holds flex. The rock is still shedding here. Consider helmets. The approaches are brief. Some climbers have remarked that this is Lumpy without the approach. The sun is often warm here, although you can chase the shade a bit here.

In this area, we'll include a number of crags that are accessed from the same parking area. Included are: Golden Hall (above and on the right side of Mary's Bust - left buttress), Mary's Bust - left buttress, Mary's Bust - main buttress, Tick Rock (to the left), Sugar Cube (to the right & below Mary's Bust), Moonlight Rock (above Mary's Bust - left buttress)....

Incidentally, there is nice opportunity to rinse off or wash down after a pleasant day out on the rock here.

Please email with any suggestions for improvement.


Getting There 

From Estes Park, drive ~7.7 miles east on US 34. This decent-sized rock, Mary's Bust, will loom above on the north side of the road. There are pullouts both on the north and south of the road. There is a cairn marking the typical approach towards the east end of the cliff.

From the east, it lies ~9.4 miles west of the Beige Siphon Tube (BST) in the narrows.


47 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',7],['5.10',12],['5.11',14],['5.12',7],['5.13',1],['>=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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mary's Bust Area:
Arachnophobia   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Tick Rock
Dancing in the Moonlight   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 135'   Moonlight Rock
Dynamite   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Morning Town   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Golden Hall
The Broadmoor   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 6 pitches, 450'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Maternal Damnation   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Disneyland   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
The Brown Palace   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 6 pitches, 450'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
The Beak   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Mary's Bust - left buttress
Mary's Tricks   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Wingardium Leviosa   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Out Of Time   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Just in Time   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Lie Detector   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
Violet Blue   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
The Devil's Backbone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 280'   Mary's Bust - left buttress
Sympathy for the Devil   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Mary's Bust - left buttress
Match-Up Left   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Sugar Cube
The Match-Up   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Sugar Cube
Proud Mary   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Mary's Bust - main buttress
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Featured Route For Mary's Bust Area
Jim Belcer fighting off the pump. 4-17-09.

Violet Blue 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Mary's Bust - main buttress
Violet Blue runs up an old aid line on the west face of Mary's Bust just adjacent to the gully that separates the two main crags. The route was installed ground up, solo, and on the lead using hooks and some other related tricks. The original aid start was left alone and may provide a difficult and protectable alternate start. VB consists of three pitches and stops well short of the top of the crag. Rock above the final belay looked unpleasant but could certainly be led safely to the prominent l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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US Pro Cycling Tour.  Another picture of the chase.  Two teams looked like they were pushing really hard.
US Pro Cycling Tour. Another picture of the chase...
US Pro Cycling Tour from the top of the Brown Palace.  This is the main peloton.  They were 2 minutes behind a breakaway of 13 riders.  We still don't know if the break stayed away.  Excellent bird's-eye view of the race.
US Pro Cycling Tour from the top of the Brown Pala...
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