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The Stone Cafe

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Gruel Shoes S 
Reach for the Sky... Cafe T 
Rock Lobster T 
Stone Soup T 
Stonefish S 
Thanks a Latte' T 

The Stone Cafe  


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Elevation: 8,500'
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Submitted By: George Bracksieck on Jan 4, 2013
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BETA PHOTO: Stone Soup is the lefthand crack. Thanks a Latte' ...

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Description 

Secluded outcrop that faces west-northwest. Lies just downhill to the northwest of of the left side of Sky Cafe.

L-R:

A. Stone Soup, 9+, 1p, 55', gear.
B. Thanks a Latte', 6, 1p, 45', gear.
C. Rock Lobster, 10-, 1p, 65', gear & bolts.
D. Reach for the Sky... Cafe, 10+, 1p, 80', gear.
E. Stonefish, 10+, 1p, 80', bolts.
F. Gruel Shoes, 8, 1p, 65', bolts +/- gear.

Getting There 

Approach as for the Sky Cafe. Go left, down vegetated north-facing slope that is just west of the Sky Cafe.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.0 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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Stonefish 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : The Stone Cafe
About ten feet right of Reach for the Sky, climb steeply past three bolts. An amazing jug/flake allows cranking up over a bulge, to clip the fourth bolt. Because there is nothing positive enough to use from this position, I moved back down a bit, then reached left to a big hold and manteled over the bulge from that side (5.10). I clipped bolts up a slab that becomes invisible under an extensive crust of crustose lichen. Using my fingertips, I removed lichen from a key roughness, tee...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Lobster climbs the indistinct dihedral/gully on the left for 15 feet, then moves right to a bolt by a seam that is followed up and right to a blonde undercling in the upper part of photo. (I'm not talking about the long undercling that goes right and up, across the middle of the photo.) From the right end of the high, short undercling, climb up through a lichen-infested break to the rim. Build an anchor. Walk off.
BETA PHOTO: Rock Lobster climbs the indistinct dihedral/gully ...
Reach for the Sky climbs the nice crack in the left of the photo, then underclings right along the obvious flake that begins horizontal and eventually curves up to the overhang. At its right end, crank left and up to a horizontal, then attempt to beach your whale up over the overhang below and to the left of the small pine visible on the skyline. Stonefish climbs the up an "elephant's trunk" by a wrinkle visible at lower center, then up slab to the righthand (biggest) part of the overhang and over it (below and right of the small pine visible on the skyline). <br />
BETA PHOTO: Reach for the Sky climbs the nice crack in the lef...

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By George Bracksieck
Jan 4, 2013
In spring 2012, I did a bunch of routes at the Sky Cafe with Mike Endicott. From near its NW corner, I noticed a bolted anchor just below. Further investigation revealed a nice outcrop displaying bolts, anchors, and clean splitters. On June 12, 2012, I returned with my wife, Jeana, and Mike and led six routes on what I will call the Stone Cafe.

Thanks a Latte' and Gruel Shoes are the only routes lacking big areas of slippery lichen encrustations. Although countless bolted lines have been heavily brushed in Boulder Canyon and elsewhere, lichen is part of the rock's beauty, is natural, and doesn't have to be removed.
By George Bracksieck
Jan 4, 2013
Whoever opened this area and routes is welcome to provide names and details. Your work is appreciated. If you are disappointed that it is publicized, I suggest that advertising it with bolts is counterproductive. At least the bolts are painted gray and are relatively unobtrusive.