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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- E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Center Dihedral 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Days of Heaven 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Desolation Angels 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a R Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Celestial Gate 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Hats Off 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Greensleeves 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Heavenly Daze 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
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The Wasp 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Rock Of Ages
The Wasp may be THE best single pitch, trad, granite route of its style and difficulty in Colorado! There are a couple single-pitch routes in CO that come close, but this is a unique gem combining great rock, super aesthetic moves, and great pro. In my opinion, California fine-grained granite has always catered to more memorable crack pitches than almost anywhere in CO, except for this very spot (and parts of the Platte). A word about ratings…I had heard a couple comments from climbers who felt...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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