|GPS:||39.768, -105.743 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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DescriptionRa is a 400 ft high fin of stone in an alpine setting at close to 10,000 ft elevation. Several sport routes, a long mixed route, and some trad lines have been developed on this West facing crag. Numbering begins on the right with the second bolted route encountered, "Empire of the Air" (#1), at four pitches with bolts and trad encountered in each pitch. "Miner's Delight" is an adjacent bolted line that runs up two pitches and has a variation with its own belay and a separate second pitch. "Windows on the World" takes the major, obvious South facing shield to a super exposed arete finish. More trad routes can be found up-hill from these. Development has continued in 2003 and as a result the landscape can be evolving - I'll try to keep it up to date.
Getting There3.2 miles North on US 40, outside of Empire. Set the odometer at the light by the Post Office. Park in the second of two large pullouts. A trail system has now been worked into the landscape. Across the street from the second major turnout is a short wash just left of a clean, fifteen foot, granite face. Start here. The trail takes off from the top of the wash, and it is well cairned at this point. Presently, the cairned trail seems to be the most user-friendly approach. The hike to Ra takes about 20 minutes despite the fact that the crag appears to lie almost on top of the road.
As Per claytown, the best parking area is at 39.764855,-105.744384. Look for the trail across the street and slightly right.
Classic Climbing Routes at Ra
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