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Elevation: 6,400 ft
GPS: 39.68296, -107.57729
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Shared By: Michael Schneiter on Nov 3, 2010 · Updates
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The Pup Tent is the little sibling, maybe red-headed step child, of the Fortress of Solitude. While diminutive in stature to the storied and illustrious Fortress of Solitude, the Pup Tent offers a high concentration of well-protected routes with a relatively short approach and a long climbing season. Facing south, this crag can be excellent on winter days as well as many days throughout the spring, summer and fall. The rock here tends to vary between quartzite, limestone, and sandstone.

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This is situated beneath the Fortress of Solitude, following the same approach before veering off to this little crag.

From New Castle, travel west on County Road 245, which can be found at the west end of main street by following the sign for "National Forest Service Access." Go past the turnoff to East Elk to the Main Elk Road turnoff, County Road 243, which is also the National Forest Service Access for the Clinetop Road. Take a right here and go about 6 miles on County Road 243. The pavement ends at a sharp right hand turn, and the road crosses Main Elk Creek on a bridge. Immediately after the bridge is a parking lot on the left where you can park, but you're better off continuing another 200 yds to a small pullout on the left with a large brown sign for the Clinetop bighorn sheep and a large informational bulletin board. This is the trailhead for the Hadley Gulch Trail.

Follow the Hadley Gulch Trail, making sure to stay right at the fork for trail #1840A after about 1/3 mile. Taking the left, and going through the barbed wire fence, will take you to the creek and the Main Crag. The Pup Tent will come into obvious view from across a gulch .6 miles from the trailhead. Continue up the trail until you come to the far right of the crag and a climber's trail is obvious on your left, accessing the climbs.

Expect about 20 minutes hiking time.

You can also access the Main Elk climbs from the Pup Tent by walking to the far left end of the Pup Tent. 

46 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pup Tent of Solitude

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 64
Deputy Dawg
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Sith Lord
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 71
The Nickelpup
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 74
Subpar
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Thin and Crispy
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 47
Magical Handhold
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 25
Toxic Asset
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 87
Girls With Guns
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 64
Subprime
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 27
Eternity
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 33
Tooth or Consequences
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 32
Hanu
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 23
Rex Luthor
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 21
Puppy Love
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 20
Shapeshifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Deputy Dawg
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Sith Lord
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
The Nickelpup
 71
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Subpar
 74
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Thin and Crispy
 63
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Magical Handhold
 47
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Toxic Asset
 25
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Girls With Guns
 87
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Subprime
 64
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Eternity
 27
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Tooth or Consequences
 33
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hanu
 32
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Rex Luthor
 23
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Puppy Love
 21
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Shapeshifter
 20
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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