Type: Trad, 270 ft (82 m), 2 pitches
FA: Harvey Carter, 1959
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Shared By: William Prehm on Dec 31, 2000
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Access Issue: 2020 Seasonal Closure Details
Access Issue: Lifted: 2020 Seasonal Closures Details


This route is located on the east face of Kindergarten Rock. Park at the Kindergarten Rock parking area and walk up the road. You will see a faint trail on the left side of the road cutting through a field of POISON IVY. Scramble up the steep hill to the base of the prominent crack in the middle of the formation.

You can climb this in two or three pitches. I prefer two.

P1 climb jugs and pigeon shit to a thin layback crack just before the cave belay. Slings are setup here for anchors and rappels. If you decide to rappel from this location, either bring two ropes or rap down to a couple bolts/slings that can be used for the end of P1 if doing this climb in three pitches. 160'.

P2 is run out on moderate terrain to the top, minimal protection options. 110' to the top of the formation. There are 3 fixed pins.

DESCEND: by scrambling down 4th class to the south. There will be bolts to rappel from at the last part of the descent.

This climb is one of the classic climbs of Garden of the Gods.


Standard rack.

One or two rope descent

If you have 2 ropes, you can no longer rappel from just below the top, huge ledge. There is a
This is the top rap anchor due east of the mushroom boulder at the top of New Era. Note, the left bolt was a bit loose. It's about 80' down to 2 possible rap anchors. with links due east of the mushroom-like boulder. An 80' rap straight down gets you to 2 two bolt anchors of Diesel and Dust with beefy rap rings. A 160' rappel gets you to the ground. If you have only 1 rope, you could rap from the P1 anchors on Alligator Soup.

Per Stewart M. Green: in 2017, the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department asked the Pikes Peak Climber's Alliance (PPCA) to remove the convenience rappel anchors on top of Gray Rock above New Era. After discussion at last a June 2017 evening's PPCA board meeting, the board voted unanimously to remove the anchors.

If you climb New Era, be aware that you can no longer rappel off the top of the formation. Instead, climbers need to downclimb the South Ridge route to the base of South Slabs. This was done for safety reasons as sport rappellers have dislodged large blocks nearly hitting/killing/maiming climbers below.