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Rock Of Ages is a fine granite wall in Rocky Mountain National Park. Unlike the High peaks, this wall has a short approach and is a good cragging wall. The climbs vary between 1-3 pitches in length and are generally from 100 to 200 feet long. If you find yourself in the Estes Park area and it is too late for a long and committing alpine route, consider this wall as an option. Be warned in advance that most of the climbs here are 5.10+ or harder.
Drive in to the Fern Lake Trailhead, to the very end. Park here and hike past scads of fishermen... (Are there really any fish left here?) ... for a little over a mile until you come to some huge boulders through which the trail is pinched. Just after passing these boulders, you can look up and to the right (North) and see a few solid walls of rock to the North/Northwest. Scamble up a talus field to approach the lowest of these, which is the lower section of Rock Of Ages. This hike will require about 1 hour.
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Nameless Demons 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Center Dihedral 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Days of Heaven 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Desolation Angels 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Celestial Gate 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Hats Off 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Greensleeves 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Heavenly Daze 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
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Hats Off 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
Hats Off is located on Rock of Ages.P1. Climb the first pitch of Days of Heaven and belay. P2. Do the first few moves of the second pitch then continue straight up a thin tips crack (12a). Climb up this seam until you are eye level with a row of grips heading right. Place a good piece of gear high in the crack and campus right. The hand holds are pretty good, but the feet really suck. One can place a medium wire about halfway out the traverse. Continue traversing until you slab out ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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