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The Stone Cafe

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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.


6 Total Routes


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Gruel Shoes 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : The Stone Cafe
From the right side of the rock, climb left onto the rock, and turn a bulge on its left. Angle slightly right past bolts up a nice slab with interesting moves, including underclinging and liebacking a thin flake. B6 seems unnecessarily close to B5. A bomber placement for a purple Camalot is obvious in a horizontal two feet below B7. B7 is placed such that the gate of the carabiner clipped into the hanger is levered over the lip of the bulge, compromising the biner's strength. Maybe a tiny biner ...[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.