Elevation: 8,500 ft
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Shared By: Joe M on Nov 1, 2001
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Punk Rock is a complete sport and top rope, 30' tall crag located ... between Estes Park and Boulder. The rock is sharp on the hands but very positive. In the summer, it is cooler because of its elevation (around 9000'), and in the winter, well it's cold starting in October. There are climbs from 5.8-5.11 offering fun for all. The descent/access to top rope anchors can befound by heading around back of the crag and bouldering up the crack. All of the routes are fun, but Rip Off Ranger is a blast.

This rock is basically in the center of what can be a pretty crowded, rednecky, off-roadin', gun-shootin' place. By July, sometimes there are fire and gun restrictions which drastically reduces that effect. There are rarely very many climbers here.

A. The 3 Bs, 9+, 1p, 30', bolts.
B. Seething Bitch aka Thieving Bitch, 8, 1p, 30', bolts.
C. Tuition Dollars at Work, 11, 1p, 30', bolts.
D. Short Take aka Poached Earth, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
E. Blah, Blah, Blah, 11-, 1p, 30', bolts.
F. Five Finger Discount, 9, 1p, 30', bolts.
G. Short Stop aka Diminishing Returns, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
H. Short Sighted, 6, 1p, 30', gear.
I. Unknown Left of Rip Off Ranger, 8, 1p, 30', bolts.
J. Rip Off Ranger, 9, 1p, 30', bolts.
K. Stock-Still and Stoic, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.

Getting There

Follow the directions to the Iron Clads, park your car and walk about 5 feet to the crag.

Iron Clads- just north of the intersection of the Peak to Peak and CO Hwy 7 is Bunce School Road, follow it up to an aspen meadow on the right and two fireroads go up right to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Punk Rock aka Poacher's Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rip Off Ranger
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stock Still and Stoic
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Tuition Dollars at Work
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rip Off Ranger
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Stock Still and Stoic
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Tuition Dollars at Work
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
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Peter Gram
Portland, OR
Peter Gram   Portland, OR  
This rock is named Poacher's Rock in the [Gillett] guidebook. Aug 2, 2002
In some other parts of the world, this would be a bouldering area. Feb 15, 2003
I guess Punk Rock is a locals thing. That is what I was told. Oh, be careful not walk around barefoot here. The partiers like to dirty up the place from time to time with wonderfully sharp broken beer bottles! Mar 17, 2003
It is sad what careless people have done to this place. I've been here over the years, but last week will be the last time.

Be ready to walk through knee-deep beer cans and broken glass in the main areas. Depending on the time of day, you will be serenaded by off road vehicles, gunfire, parties, or hung-over belching adolescents waking up after a night of parties. By 10am, these people will be occupying the routes.

This is not the outdoors, imaging a climbing gym, without a roof, run by middle-schoolers. I brought a friend up here for her first rock climbing experience, which was a horrible mistake.

Cory Jul 21, 2003
Punk Rock - 8/6/03 - Quite a short rock. It could very easily become a bouldering problem. The 5.10b ([Still Stock and Stoic) is probably the most worth while route on the rock. I wouldn't [recommend] using the eye bolt at the top, I was up last weekend and it has become very loose.As for the stupid teenagers that seem to think that the mountian is there trash can. They seem to stay away from the Rocks and the climbers. I always bring a trash bag for mine and any other trash that I come by (please do the same). Aug 6, 2003
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
Here is the current line-up of routes on Punk Rock, from left to right:

1. Unknown 5.10a, 2 bolts. Climbs left arete.2. Seething Bitch aka Thieving Bitch, 5.8, 3 bolts.3. Tuition Dollars at Work, 5.11d, 4 bolts.4. Short Take aka Poached Earth, 5.10b, 3 bolts.5. Blah, Blah, Blah, 5.11a, 3 brown bolts. Starts by pine tree.6. Five Finger Discount, 5.9, 3 bolts. Starts by aspen tree.7. Short Stop aka Diminishing Returns, 5.10c, 3 bolts. Climbs [an overlap].8. Short Sighted, 5.6, no bolts. Just left of notch.9. Unknown 5.8, 3 bolts. 2-bolt lowering anchor. Just right of notch.10. Rip Off Ranger, 5.9, 3 bolts.11. Stock-Still and Stoic, 5.10b, 3 bolts. On right side of rock. Jul 26, 2005
This outcropping was a bouldering area, it should have stayed that way!!! It is one thing to turn a trad area into a sport area but you have got to be delusional to turn a bouldering route into a sport climb. Sep 3, 2005
desbien   seattle,wa
This place is awful. The directions are terrible. Take the main road, BUNCE (unmarked) until the rail and buck fence surrounding the aspen grove. Go right on the first of two roads. Don't expect anything worth the trip unless you're already in the area. Really bad climbs. May 29, 2007
Matt Richardson
Longmont, CO
Matt Richardson   Longmont, CO  
This place is a toilet. I am not certain why this was ever bolted and I am not sure what people are "bouldering" - seems like most of the rock is fairly easy. In addition to the climbs being short and mediocre, someone did an absolutely horrible job bolting the anchors. On the other hand, this area is a good place to go if you have a small child. However, Mount Boner is about 100' to the left and offers longer, better quality climbs (such as Smack the Cold Booty). Jul 23, 2007
Jeremy Fields
Longmont, CO
Jeremy Fields   Longmont, CO
This area is still a toilet. There's glass absolutely everywhere. The day we went, another party reported finding glass in some of the holds. I would not recommend this as an area to take kids. There's definitely better climbing and ambiance at other nearby crags. Jul 17, 2011
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
I remember my first trip to this area about 8 years ago. There was a big party in the area the previous night. A guy was running around in a pair of red boxers yelling "Spank me, Spank me, ...". Jul 18, 2011
Despite some of the negative reviews, you can still have a relaxing day here when it's peaceful. Biggest negative was the bits of broken glass. 15 min with an iron rake and a lighter rake could clean up the main belay spots. The rock is fun, very textured, not annoying and slippery like some granite in other spots in RMNP. Not a good place to take a beginner, because many tend to step on the rope. If that happens here, it could grind glass into your rope. As long as you don't step on it, you can manage fine. Aug 9, 2017