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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Jul 19, 2002
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Description 

Spirit follows the hanging arete on the right side of the hanging face. Into the Void lies to the right on the vertical east face overlooking the gorge. Continue about two miles further up the road to a hairpin bend at the top of Windy Point. While it is possible to park here, if your car rolls it will join another wreck down in the gorge. Safer parking (and camping) is available a few hundred yards further up where the road flattens out on top (turning a two minute approach into a five minute walk). A trail leads out east along the summit ridge from the hairpin bend. Anchors for Into the Void are on the rim about halfway down the descending slab to the south. Anchors for Spirit are accessed from a short rappel from the next to last tree at the bottom of the slab before sliding off the rim above the overhanging south face.


Getting There 

Windy Point is labeled on the relevant USGS topo map. Follow the same canyon west of Newcastle that leads to the approach to the Fortress of Solitude and on up into the Flattops Wilderness. Continue up the hill on the dirt road (30-45 minutes) until a switch back in an aspen grove along the rim overlooking East Elk Creek. If you walk over to the rim from this point, the overhanging south face of Windy Point is obvious along the cliff a mile or two to the north.


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This route will get your heart racing, if only for the views and exposure. The line is basically vertical on a tall cliffband perched on the rim of a 2000' deep gorge (East Elk Creek). Toss out traditions - the only approach is "top-down". Approach: From the summit of Windy Point, scramble down the ramp to the south to a tree near the edge. Look for a three bolt anchor on a flat ledge just back from the lip. Equalize slings to extend over the lip and tie in a 50m rope for the approach rappe...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Alan Nelson
Aug 16, 2007

Windy Point is labeled on the relevant USGS topo map. Follow the same canyon west of Newcastle that leads to the approach to the Fortress of Solitude and on up into the Flattops Wilderness. Continue up the hill on the dirt road (30-45 minutes) until a switch back in an aspen grove along the rim overlooking East Elk Creek. If you walk over to the rim from this point, the overhanging south face of Windy Point is obvious along the cliff a mile or two to the north. Spirit follows the hanging arete on the right side of the hanging face. Into the Void lies to the right on the vertical east face overlooking the gorge. Continue about two miles further up the road to a hairpin bend at the top of Windy Point. While it is possible to park here, if your car rolls it will join another wreck down in the gorge. Safer parking (and camping) is available a few hundred yards further up where the road flattens out on top (turning a two minute approach into a five minute walk). A trail leads out east along the summit ridge from the hairpin bend. Anchors for Into the Void are on the rim about halfway down the descending slab to the south. Anchors for Spirit are accessed from a short rappel from the next to last tree at the bottom of the slab before sliding off the rim above the overhanging south face.

By Josh Janes
Aug 19, 2007

Before Alan added these directions, we had some difficulty finding the area. Eventually we did, and here's how:

From Grass Valley Road (226) which runs between New Castle and Rifle, turn north a few miles west of New Castle onto Main Elk Road (CR-243). For reference, this turn is well-signed and sandwiched between East Elk Road (CR-241; to the east), and Buford Road (245; to the West). This is also the access road for the Fortress of Solitude. Set your odometer to 0 at the turn.

At 4.7 miles the road turns to dirt. The Fortress is very obvious ahead and slightly to the left. Shortly thereafter cross a bridge and follow the road as it takes a sharp bend to the east (right). The road turns to gravel at this point. Follow the road as it switchbacks for several miles up the cliffline.

At 13.4 miles the road makes a hairpin turn to the left. Just before this point there are good views of obvious cliffs off to the east (East Elk drainage). If the road starts descending down again through aspen groves and away from the cliffs, you've gone about a mile too far. There is room at the hairpin for one car to park just off the road on the right. Park here and follow an obvious trail down and right along a small ridge for 100 feet to the cliff face. Scramble down some talus to the right to approach the climbs. The three-bolt anchor of Into the Void is obvious above the rim. About 35 feet further down a rap to the east off a sturdy tree leads to the three-bolt anchor of Spirit, just below the rim.