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This small crag was formerly part of the Bastille until a road was built though it long ago.... The crag lacks the good rock of the lower part of the Bastille and is generally more in character with the upper section, above the Bastille walk-off. The routes on is are short and mostly face...the West, where they get afternoon sun. There are no "must dos" on this crag, but it maybe gets a few visits from the climbers on the obscure tour. In reality, I have never seen another soul on it - perhaps due to the difficulty in discerning one line from another for lack of a better description or topo in the local guidebooks. That's too bad, because it would be a decent place to throw a group of top-ropes down for a group, given someone had the skill to set ropes on gear or on large slung blocks.... You can walk off to the south from the summit, then back down to the base to the east or west (West preferably).
Approach via the Rattlesnake Gulch/Fowler Trail, or up the Bastille's West side, or best of all, from the well-traveled Bastille scramble-off pitch, which dumps you 20 feet from the North-toe of the Petite Bastille. Time will be ~10 min for the approach trails. Most of the routes go up from the talus slope along the base to the West.
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Plankton Stew 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : Petit Bastille
The Petit Bastille, Rossiter: "This is the long, low ridge, just south of the old railroad cut/Fowler Trail, behind The Bastille." Stand in front of the Lori J. Biehler bench and look East at the Petit Bastille. From the highest point, you'll see 2 obvious lines, one on the left side and one on the right. The line on the left is Plankton Stew.Start in a right facing dihedral, climb right over the bulge or go right of it (crux), and then continue up the crack. The bulge was fun.This is a moss...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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