Elevation: 6,400 ft
GPS: 39.683, -107.577 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Schneiter on Nov 3, 2010
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

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.

Getting There

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. 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. Shortly thereafter is a large 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 #1849A. The Pup Tent will come into obvious view from across a gulch. 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 by continuing left past the Pup Tent.

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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
 38
Deputy Dawg
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Dark Side
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Sith Lord
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Ewok Stew
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 21
First Blood
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 41
The Nickelpup
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Subpar
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 31
Magical Handhold
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 60
Girls With Guns
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 42
Subprime
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 24
Hanu
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Puppy Love
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Jennifer's World
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 7
Hope
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
Shapeshifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Deputy Dawg
 38
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dark Side
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Sith Lord
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Ewok Stew
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
First Blood
 21
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
The Nickelpup
 41
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Subpar
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Magical Handhold
 31
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Girls With Guns
 60
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Subprime
 42
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Hanu
 24
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Puppy Love
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Jennifer's World
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hope
 7
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Shapeshifter
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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