The incredible Renaissance Wall is hidden deep within the formation of the Book. At the far left side of the book, just before the Bookmark Pinnacle and just after the Isis Buttress, follow the deepest of the 'pages' in the book to find an incredible slot canyon with tall granite walls featuring excellent routes on either side- welcome to the Renaissance Wall. Popularized by the cutting edge 3 pitch route of the same name (Renaissance Wall 5.12c) established by Mike Caldwell and Randy Ferris in 1992, this area has become host to a number of Lumpy Ridge testpiece routes, both sport and trad. Here you will find Tommy Caldwell's 'Country Boy' 13d, which remains Lumpy's hardest route even 12 years after its first ascent. This seldom done route saw its first all gear placed on lead ascent just last year (2008).
Hike as you would to the Book, then follow the cliff line to the climbers left around the Pages Wall and the Isis Buttress. The Renaissance Wall is located far back in a cleft on your right, just before you encounter the Bookmark Pinnacle.
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Pharoah's Child 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Decisions 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Renaissance Wall 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 3 pitches, 240'
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Decisions 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a CO : Lumpy Ridge : ... : Renaissance Wall
Decisions starts off the Pharaoh's Child ledge directly beneath the tree with rap slings. Look for a nice hand crack, that ends quickly, and head straight up towards the tree moving back and forth between angling crack systems. Gear is abundant with great small and medium sized stoppers' and the climbing is sustained and pumpy. The Gillett guide has this listed as 5.12a, but I think the rating is more consistent with nearby climbs such as Dead Boy Direct and Corner Pump Station....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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