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The Secret Garden T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Elevation: 11,482 ft
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Shared By: s.kimball on Jan 22, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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As a summit, Half Mt. is but a bump along the crest of Long's Peak/Glacier Gorge's NW ridge. Previously this was known only for the Astro Tower, the tallest of five formations seen to the east above popular Mill's Lake. Left of the Astro Tower is the Darkberry Buttress and to the tower's right is the Chronic Buttress. Astro Tower has only two recorded routes, Snively and Westbay's 1983 line and the Rossiter's Space Walk, of the same year. At least a half dozen have been added since then. The Darkberry has several FAs. The Chronic Buttress, is a 400 foot high, truncated rock of fine, glaciated granite. Three routes, including this chronicler's Secret Garden, a three pitch, pleasant 5.9+ a line up the buttress's left shoulder.
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Gillett's 2001 RMNP Climber's Guide suggests a 1000 foot elevation gain from Mill's Lake. I would double down on that once quoted as the worst approach hike ever: this daunting bushwack angling around slabs and talus then through Krummholz forests took this party from the lake over three hours.

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jason seaver
Estes Park, CO
jason seaver   Estes Park, CO
Good call, Scott.
I humbly suggest we create an area within Glacier Gorge called Half Mountain. Then we could add the crags Scott mentions under that heading; including Astro Tower, Darkberry Buttress, Astro Slab (aka The Chronic Buttress), and Astro Monk. Jan 22, 2012
Administrator please add photo now found through the search mode. Jan 22, 2012

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