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BG's Corner T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Continuity S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mui Bajo T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
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Elevation: 7,500 ft
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Shared By: Bernard Gillett on Jan 8, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Continuity Crag is a small, uplifted slab on the south side of Big Thompson River, just downstream from Mary's Bust. It is the leftmost of three formations that are a short distance above the river, appearing as a fin of rock from the parking spot. The rock is of excellent quality, and nicely featured. I'm guessing it faces E-NE, though I had no compass. It may receive some morning light in winter, though a high ridge to the east might get in the way. In the summer, it definitely gets morning sun.

Getting There

Drive up US Hwy 34 from Loveland to Drake, and the intersection of US Hwy 34 and Devil's Gulch Road. Continue 2.5 miles on US Hwy 34 to a long pullout on the left (south) side of the highway, which appears just as a passing lane disappears. From Estes Park, drive down US Hwy 34 and go 0.3 mile from Mary's Bust to the long pullout (about 8.1 miles from Mall Road).

Cross the river (probably a very bad idea in high water) and hike 5 minutes to the base. The best approach lies 50 yards downstream from the rock, where the slope is not so steep. Once at the elevation of the crag, traverse the hillside to the base.

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The rock immediately right of Continuity Crag (see photo) has a nice dihedral with a perfect hand crack (or so it appears) on its left side. It's pretty short (30-35 feet?). If you visit Continuity Crag, you might consider bringing a rack of cams to do the dihedral. Jan 8, 2009

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