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Both Stewart Green and Peter Hubbel consider this route to be one of the best routes on Sheep's Nose. I think it's a great way to get Lost in Space. This route is but one of the many fine lines gracing the southeast buttress up to the 8,894 foot summit of Sheep's Nose. With a short approach through the Poderosa pine and a sunny southern exposure, this route is a year-round classic for everyone.

From the parking on Douglas County Rd. 68, hike along a shaded trail up through the boulders to the prominent southeast face in about 15 minutes. Lost in Space begins on the lowest point along the face in its southeast corner and climbs up into a large, right-facing corner near the summit. To start, look for a ledge system with a small pine tree growing out of a right-leaning corner about 75" off the ground. There are many variations and alternatives to the first pitch.

Pitch 1: 5.7 or 5.9, 80'. Look for a 5.7 hand crack leading up and right into an easy 5.5 corner that continues up to the tree at 70', or run it out over the slabs for Cheap Thrills at 5.9. Belay on a comfortable ledge above the tree. If this pitch has snow or ice on it, try Lamb's Prey, a hand and finger crack 30" to the right, 5.9-.

Pitch 2: 5.8+, 130'. Move above the belay, and traverse right for about 10" around an arete to gain a steep fingercrack. Follow this crack straight up to some very airy moves with good holds along the arete and into a shallow dihedral above. Continue up for another 20' to a nice ledge and belay.

Pitch 3: 5.9, 100'. Head up and left in a thin crack. Where the crack ends (crux), move out onto the face, and make a few delicate moves up the slab. Climb up easier ground to a 5.4 corner above. Scale the corner on large holds and belay on a spacious pedestal above the corner.

Pitch 4: 5.7, 150'. Jamalama up the right-facing corner in a clean 5.7 hand crack with perfect protection for about 100". As the angle kicks back and the corner fades, run it out over the summit slabs up to the top. Belay and enjoy the view. There are a few other excellent options to this pitch including Ozone Direct which follows the zig-zag corner system to the left of Lost In Space, 10a.

Descent: scramble and downclimb off to the left side. There may be snow on the descent in winter months. Watch out for the Yeti.


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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
My partner and I jokingly referred to this route as "Lost Off Route" due to the number of people who end up in said condition... including us. Study the route carefully or you'll end up on another. Mar 12, 2002
I've been off route on this twice. The route as described above is how Tony and I did it, but we agreed after looking at the topo that we had mixed-and-matched various pithes. Doing it a second time, I also got off-route, but did different 3rd, 4th and 5th pitches -- a local claimed that the last two we did were correct....

It seems that the problem is where you go after the first pitch. It is obvious to go climbers right ten feet from the top of the first pitch, and up the fun corner as described. Apparently that's not right. According to the local, you go a little left, and up from the first belay.

In particular, the third pitch as described is definitely listed as a different climb, and pretty scary when the crack runs out. On my second attempt, my partner led a third pitch due left to avoid the scary pitch above us. This traverse, while well protected, was very insecure, but put us back on route.

Can anyone else shed some light on this route, or would not getting lost miss the point? Mar 12, 2002
Darin Lang  
Add one more name to the list of off route climbers. We started out correctly, yet somehow ended up finishing on the last three pitches of Southeast Face (5.8). The latter is fun if you like moderate runouts on licheny slabs and a bit of loose rock here and there. The summit of Sheep's Nose is definitely worth the effort, regardless of the route taken. Mar 12, 2002
Darin Lang  
Re: descent options

Assuming that the "left" in the description is referring to climber's left, this is the correct descent. I thought the downclimb looked a little hairy in spots - perhaps I got off-route. Fortunately for the weaker of spirit, there are a couple of nice big bolts in a notch just when things start getting steep. Rap straight down the S/SW face from here to a huge grassy ledge (single 60m). Hop down to a giant boulder with two more bolts, and make a double rope rap to the tree gully. Mar 12, 2002
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Hey, if you ever wind up here without your rock shoes, don't fret. You can follow this in tennies and you don't have to be named Chris. Mar 12, 2002
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
I too had trouble finding the route when I first tried this. The second time was easier, thanks to the obvious chalk marks after the first belay. I distinctly remember climbing through a short/small dihedral at the end of the second pitch (somewhat long pitch). The third pitch was 5.4, the final pitch followed a 5.7 hand crack. Let me backtrack a bit...it took me three times to figure out this route, not two! Indeed, this is a good route with great views from the summit. Glad to see that I am not the only person to get lost here. Mar 20, 2002
Bryson Slothower
Portland, OR
Bryson Slothower   Portland, OR
Don't worry too much about the exact line you follow, finding the fun variations and wandering around a bit is what makes this such a great route. Mar 27, 2002
Chris R  
I've done this route a number of times and not gotten lost--maybe I can shed a little light on the issue.... I've never tried to traverse right above P1--generally we have set the P1 belay above the 5.7 corner standing in a bathtub, about halfway up the slabby section. From there, the leader can attack the vertical wall straight-on. As I recall, I moved up and slightly right above the P1 belay, then found a left-facing flake (Stewart Green admonished in his guide to watch out for a loose flake above P1--I don't think this is it. I felt it was secure enough to throw some pro into......). The sequence felt 5.8ish to me. Anyhow, you can pull up that flake and over the headwall lip to the incipient, slabby crack that moves atop the headwall up and left. There is one airy move as you swing out over the headwall, out of the slabby crack, to start moving up blocks to the 5.9 corner. Good pro goes into the bottom of that corner for the tougher crux move above. Hope this helps. Apr 26, 2002
Didn't get lost somehow. After the first pitch look for a short finger sized splitter. Boulder up on top of the semi-loosish blob below it and traverse right. Pull back left not much further along and then you will soon find the shallow corner. The crux seemed to be the water groove just below the ledge as described in Green's book. The topo in hubbels book looks nothing like the route, surprise!

From the top, keep walking across the summit, and you will see a cairn on your left, pointing to a 2 bolt anchor that allows two quick 30m raps (1 60m rope - 50m will leave you downclimbing). The second rap anchor is on a totally-detached, huge boulder that must weigh more than I do. Aug 6, 2003
I got lost right from the start because I used two guide books. Green's book is only textual with a photo and the topo I had was from Hubbel which has a route called Lost in Space Direct, which I now realize is not quite the same at all. We got lost after it's first, extremely difficult first pitch of 5.9 which felt more like 5.10b. After seeing the picture on the website here I realize that Hubbel calls this route the "Old Man Route", I think. If anyone can add a comment on what happened to us, please. We somehow made it to the summit and that felt worthwhile in and of itself. Send to last pitch went through a 5.8ish three piton bulge that was quite fun over towards the right side of the massif. Anyone know what route that may have been. Two of the pins had steel D rings on them??? May 22, 2004
Darin Lang  
Bo - see the description for Southeast Face. May 23, 2004
Did this today and did Not get lost in space, mainly because of all the helpful info above. Thanks.

A thought on P1: we went out about 150 feet, and set up an anchor that is at the same level as the big tree which will be 20 feet or so on your left. This puts you right below the crack that can start the second pitch.

Another descent option: head NW from the top, then cut hard E above a very large tree. Then you can head down a gully to the ground. Jul 27, 2004
Ok, Ok, Ok.

Tried this route this past Sunday (9-4-05). The first pitch/start was easy enough to find, we think. The pictures of the first pitch on this site and the Trout book's topo do match up with what we climbed. The Hubble books topo [didn't] even look remotely close so we [didn't] follow that guide.

We climbed a slabby/broken ramp to start, gained a face with a funky move right into an easy slabby handcrack. This handcrack led to what I have read/heard described as anything from a .5 corner to a .8 corner. We both had to pull a move which was tough, it felt .9+ish at least.

Now, my real question is where in the jack do you go from here?! The leader built a belay in some left leaning cracks on a slabby stance just after the corner. It was not clear to me AT ALL where the hell I should be going at this point. There was a slabby corner system (sorta) that continued up from the belay for about 50 feet or so. There was also what looked like a way directly up over the face that the leader [built] a belay at.

I climbed what felt like some .9 face up directly over my belayers head for 15-20 feet and then traversed right (as I thought I was supposed to) on slabby mini-mini-bathtub type rock. It now looked as if I had 3 options. I could enter a slabby left facing dihedral, which formed the left side of a triangular roof, climb about 20-25 feet to a roof and try to exit the dihedral somehow (which [didn't] really look possible). Secondly, I could climb a tough-ish looking face for 15 feet unprotected (risking a serious ankle breaker) just to the right of the dihedral in an attempt to bypass it. Finally, I could continue to traverse right under the triangular roof past some SERIOUSLY loose human-crusher boulders that were perched on a ledge above a rap sling, and use this approach to gain a broken crack system that seemed to pass the roof on its right and allow you to access the face 20-25 feet above.

After looking at the Trout Book's topo, it would seem as though you are supposed to take the 3rd option that I mentioned, but I was not about to attempt that traverse knowing that I had 100 more feet of vertical left to the pitch and the drag both for me and belaying the second would have been psycho, and I am very used to dealing with drag. Regardless, as I was trying to figure out what to do with myself the weather hit us hard so I donated a nut to the rock gods and we accepted defeat. Unfortunately, the comments listed here and the info in Stu's book really [don't] help me. What I find most confusing, is the "steep fingercrack" I am supposed to find immediately after the first belay. There was no "steep crack" anywhere that I could see, unless this confusingly refers to the face I climbed above my belayer which I guess I [don't] consider a "crack."

Was I in the right spot to begin with? Was our first belay set to early? It is really eating me up about this route and if someone out there can help me in any way, that would most certainly be bitchin'.

(I know I'm long winded, [can't] help it) Sep 6, 2005
Chris -

The way that the route is described on this site and the way that it is usually done are different. The line is the same, but the belays are in different spots. That said, here is the way that it is usually done:

It sounds like you got the first pitch right, although the corner is only 5.7 or.8. If you belayed right after the corner where it gets slabby - that's the place - you can sit your butt in a nice depression . You can put in small stuff all the way up to a 3 or 3.5 Camalot for the anchor.

From there, you traverse right about 5 feet and go 15 feet or so directly up a steep wall with decent pro to a small stance. The finger crack is hidden, but it's there. From here, the line goes pretty much straight up the edge/arete with a nice drop-off on your left. Follow this to to a thin left facing corner which is the crux, and belay above.

The next part goes up a broken corner to a vertical wall that is covered in bird crap but is only about 5.4. Belay here. After this corner, you have two options - continue straight up in a 5.7 or so hand crack or go slightly left and finish with Ozone Direct which is a slabby thin crack problem protected by an old buttonhead that goes up to a roof and passes it on the left.

Also- on the West side of the rock there are two sets of bolts just in case you do not feel like walking off. Sep 6, 2005

Just so I understand you, the "crack" in question is right in front of my face and this is the part I climbed up right off the belay? If this is true, then the crack only lasts for 15-20 feet tops. Correct?

Also... I was to stay as left as possible after I gained the stance above the crack and climb along the rounded edge passing a roof on my right? Then I will hit the crack?

I looked at a picture I took of the southeast face on the approach, and I think I can now see where I was supposed to be.

Thanks! Sep 6, 2005
Chris - Your question is a little confusing since you don't say which pitch you are talking about.

Anyway, take a look at the first two photo's with the route description. The first one was taken from the depression that I described as the belay for the first pitch, looking down at the second, who just came up the vertical corner that I called 5.8. The second picture is taken from the same spot, but instead of looking down, it is looking up and to the climbers right. You can see the crack in this photo, and the climber is on the arete. If you continue up the arete, you will eventually wind up being deposited in the crux dihedral, which is pretty short - like 10 feet or so.

From there, pick whichever way you want to go - 5.7 or 5.10.... Sep 6, 2005

Thanks for the info. To clarify, I am referring to the second pitch. This is where I was the most confused. As I said, we didnt even make it to the 3rd pitch because we ran out of time.

As I look at the second picture, I think I understand where I was supposed to go. The other features up there just suck you in I guess. If you look at the fourth picture below, you can see the shadow of a medium roof and dihedral at second pitch height above the large corner of the first pitch. Am I correct in saying that I should be to the LEFT of this system while on pitch 2?

Thanks! Sep 7, 2005
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
The route goes as so.
Pitch 1 ascends a right traversing hand and finger crack to a easy 5.5 corner, exit left and belay at the base of the obvious flake.

Pitch 2 ascends the finger crack in the flake for 15 feet to an awkward mantle. From here start aiming left around the roof for roughly 20 feet using great flakes for hands and gear. Step left around some slab to a low angle hand crack. When this crack dies there is an open book of slab to the left, crank the crux move and run it to the right facing corner where you can set up a spacious belay.

Pitch 3 Ascend the right facing corner for 25 feet. On top of the corner you have 2 options either set up a belay and do the Ozone Direct .10b or continue climbing to the right up easy cracks and slabs to the summit.

This is a great route so enjoy the Granite. Apr 5, 2006
Stubby-Ian Howells
Denver, CO
Stubby-Ian Howells   Denver, CO
Definitely a fun route with pitch 2 being nice and airy with a pretty intense crux, but the gear is good. If you follow the pictures and route description from Stewart Green's "Rock Climbing Colorado" you should be right on.

Cheers and enjoy the fun hand jams and exposure on pitch 2. Mar 16, 2007
Boulder, CO
Lordsokol   Boulder, CO
P.W. and I climbed the route this weekend. A party was just starting when we arrived, so we warmed up on the Southeast Face. After running up that (just under an hour and a half) we had time to sneak in an attempt before the afternoon thunderstorms moved in. The first pitch of Lost in Space felt like easy 5.9. The little tree sticking out of the crack on the first pitch mentioned in Green's book was burned in the fire, so it is now just a stump... but it's still there. The second pitch was airy, but still went around 5.9. The key was moving right about 5 feet just above the first pitch. A thin finger crack unfolds on the second pitch along the corner at the left, along with a big drop off to the left. Great exposure! The last pitch was easy and a fun cruise to the top. Lead left up easy 5.4 to a little ledgy overhanging corner. Still at 5.4 or so. From atop the corner move right and mostly up along the 5.7 crack. These last sections can be done in one pitch. Stewart Green's guide was pretty accurate, and staying on-route wasn't too tough. The most helpful route-finding tidbit for me was the picture in Green's book that showed a little jog in the line to the right above the first pitch. The granite is fantastic and I will definitely be back to climb this area again. May 15, 2007
Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
Did this route today, lead pitch 1.
Pretty easy for the most part but a little awkward, the upper dihedral is definitely harder then 5.7 IMO, the 3 other ppl climbing it today also almost slipped off through that section at one point in time (we had 2, 2 man teams). Up above, I headed left for a nice belay spot. From there, we (not my lead) headed almost straight up toward a crack that looks nice up higher passing a fixed nut on the way (the other team went right above the dihedral and set up a belay around the corner, but they were envious when they saw where I stopped). But the base of the crack was total mank and non-existent. Another nut was placed and then we fired out an airy traverse 5.8 or so on good chicken heads to the right (on a ledge system). We found the small crack, topping it out seemed to be the crux (delicate movement liebacking a flare/ sloppey edge of the tiny crack feet high with smears). The third pitch is really obvious, and after being humbled on Ozone Direct I promptly sent the main line clean. Mar 8, 2008
Climbed this yesterday with Joe Chorny - it is a great route.

We both thought P1 was harder than 7 and more like 8 or so. Near the top of the P1 dihedral (after the easy 5.5 section) is a harder move that is best done by moving onto the face.

We had no trouble finding pitch 2 based on everyone's good beta (especially Monty's). I did indeed traverse around the arete to the right because it looked a little easier than going straight up the finger crack that is above the flake. The flake above the belay is solid and didn't even flex with a 200 lb guy yarding or standing on it. Once around the arete continue up near the left edge on flakes. Be mindful to not place gear too quickly on the other side of the arete to not create rope drag. There is a fixed stopper on P1 and P2 that could possibly get retrievable. When the left-leaning crack ends, look up and right to the low angle handcrack Monty describes. At the top of that, I traversed left about 6 ft to the base of an easy, right-facing crack. Take that up until you are at the base of the thin 9 corner. The corner is only about 10 ft long. It helps to be tall leading this pitch as you can stand on the big jug on the right edge to place gear up and left before committing to the crux move. Joe couldn't use the jug for a foothold and with just the face the moves looked quite difficult. I set the belay just above the corner at a nice ledge. The ground at the bottom of the large corner on P3 is sloping so I didn't think this would be as good a belay spot.

P3 is easy 5.4-5.6 chimney/wide crack for 80 ft or so. There decide to do the regular finish or Ozone Direct (which we did and was great!)
As described under the Ozone Direct route, the crux move is a mantle, so it is definitely easier if you are shorter.

From the top of the route, go to the summit and traverse down and look for the raps. Two single rope raps with Metolius rap hangers gets one down. May 5, 2008
Sara Weimar
Del Rio, TX
Sara Weimar   Del Rio, TX
Does anyone know if anyone has climbed straight up the slabs above the small roof above that last piton on the last pitch (above the 5.7 crack)? My partner Ryan said he has never seen Lost in Space finished that way, as everyone goes to the right at the piton and then up. I pulled over the roof and then ran it out with only two placements in some small horizontal pockets/cracks. The line is a direct continuation of the last 5.7 crack and the roof is cool, but the upper slab is very runout. Jul 6, 2008
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO

My partner Annette and I climbed this yesterday and finished similar to what you describe. After pulling up through the little roof, though, I wasn't entirely sure where to go, so I went sharply left for 10' or so, and got to a little left facing corner/flake. I climbed up this, then went back right to get to the base of the slab you're talking about. I flipped the rope around the corner/flake so that it ran directly up from the little roof to the slab, and Annette could follow the rope directly up.

The slab was runout like a Flatirons east face, but was a fun way to finish. Jul 27, 2008
Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
Meredith DB   Boulder, CO
Hmmm. I'm a bit confused about the discussion here. We followed almost exactly the route description given here, which (in my opinion) matches the topo for Lost in Space Direct in Hubbel's book almost exactly. Well, Hubbel's topos are a bit hard to read, but the major features do match.

We did the ascending part of the route in 3 pitches with a 60-m rope. The first belay was above the 5.7 corner, as described here, at the height of the walk-off ledge, just up and right from a small tree. For the second pitch, you can string together the traverse right from the belay, the exposed crack, the thin crack and crux face move left, and then belay about 20 feet above the crux at the base of the huge 5.4 corner. The third pitch is then the 5.4 corner, the step right into the 5.7 crack, and up to the top.

It may be useful for people to know that the long traverse at the top, left to the rap anchors, is easy but fairly exposed - it may be worth staying roped up for this section.

Also, the most important thing: this is a really fantastic route! The rock quality is excellent, the gear is good, and the climbing is super fun. It's a lot of face climbing than I was expecting - the majority of the climb feels like face climbing with good cracks for gear. Jun 5, 2009
Rob Davies UK
Cheshire, UK
Rob Davies UK   Cheshire, UK
Very nice. Trickiest route-finding was getting correct level for traverse right at start of pitch 2: apart from that it's simply a matter of following the most obvious line all the way up. Tree stump on P1 is not visible from the ground. It's easy enough to take a belay before the tricky move at the end of P2 is you've run out of right size gear. 5.9- seems fair, though actually easier than some 5.8s at Turkey Perch! UK grade HVS 4c, 5a, -, 4a (.8, .9-, .4, .6). Not being sure where the easiest descent was, we ended up abseiling from a tree at the back of the crag then trudging back round. Oct 27, 2009
Jake Carroll
The Springs
Jake Carroll   The Springs
Sara and Jake, I think what you are looking at is Ozone Direct. It is a 5.10b variation to the last pitch. You can check out the description to the variation on this site. Dec 20, 2009
Peter Swank
Edinburgh, UK
Peter Swank   Edinburgh, UK
Climbed in late November on an incredibly windy day. Route finding was no problem. Took a look at the route from Stewart's guidebook at the base and then linked it all up. Pitch two and four were the best. Set of stoppers with C3s and C4s up to three worked well. Dec 4, 2010
Colorado Springs
mountainmicah83   Colorado Springs
As of 12/5/2010, the road was still try to Sheep's Nose. Different story to Turkey Rocks. We decided for Lost in Space after not being able to do Turkey Rocks with no prior beta and just an old South Platte book from 1988. Seems we had the same route finding issues everyone does. Started with the runout slab at the bottom. Then ended up doing the variation to the left of the tree and up having to do a crazy, unprotected traverse back right and then back left. Connected pitch 3 and 4 with one long pitch and walked off to the summit. Can 3rd class down to a large tree on the NW side and a 60 m rope will get you down from there. It should have webbing on it but we used our own as we never trust old webbing.

Here is a photo of our route. Please feel free to tell us what we actually did. The circles are belays. At the second circle, I know you can take the crack to the left and there were actual piton anchors over there. We tried straight up and finding out the hard way that it was runout face climbing and then did a crazy traverse to a cool little crack system that got us to the belay before the 5.4 section and back on route.
Dec 6, 2010
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
I have tried to do this climb 3 times now and I'm pretty sure I got it right the last time. The problem is you didn't start in the right spot, but you actually did end up on the correct route for the last half.

Look at my picture for my interpretation of the correct route.

Dec 6, 2010
Tombo   Boulder
Phil's photo is basically the line we took today. The only confusion I found was the description above lists the 1st pitch as 80 feet and the second as 130 feet. We climbed the ramp and belayed just below the 5.8 hand finger crack that you traverse out of and it was about 130 to 140'. The second pitch was more like 80 feet and the third around 100. We combined the second and through the crux of the third to a belay on the large ledge below the square inset seen at the top of the face. Then we had a short pitch up to the base of the fourth pitch. Mar 26, 2011
Did the 1st pitch yesterday before getting blown off (convenient excuse). Have climbed this route quite a bit over the years, and would agree with moving right after P1 at a kind of inobvious spot, above the corner just climbed. It's possible with a 60m to belay from a good ledge 20' above the tree on the ledge, which would be above the right traverse to P2 and below a couple of 5.9 roof cracks. The blue line in the photo above is correct.
Be sure to put a long runner on the lower pro (stepping around the corner at the bottom into the 0.5 crack). We usually have done P2 ending at the chimney on the right, or where you can go left then up the thin crack, then traverse left to a dihedral. The crux for me on P2 is the last move out of the little corner and onto the slab/ledge belay...green Alien is what you want.
Have always hiked off towards the back and sketchy downclimb to the top of the gully. Have also rapped off a little tree if you continue down the back side...then hike back up to the "col" and down the descent gully. Have never seen the rap bolts
It's possible to bail to climber's left after P1. There is an exposed move to the ground, but there is a little tree for belaying or rapping. It's only a move or two but exposed, although my dog managed to do it both ways yesterday. She also manages short stretches of WI3. It would be a little to the left of the lower red line in the photo.
Kind of a mess on the approach after the fire...anyone notice all the exfoliating slabs on the boulders?...hotter than heck. If it's windy, pay attention to your route up the hill...still a few standing dead trees. Mar 14, 2012
Foco, CO
Lyont72   Foco, CO
Hello all,

Sorry did not post this sooner but here is a little beta to help you stay on the route. Climbed this back on 3/10/12 and had no problems with route finding (or so I think). The trick for us was at the top of the 1st pitch and starting the 2nd lower then what you see in the beta photo which seams to be the problem for many. We followed Bryson's description to move over to the arete and on to the other side of it then going straight up. After making the crux move in the description, my partner built a belay on a nice ledge under the 5.4 corner. We climbed this 5.4 corner as its own pitch and built another belay at the top just to the left of the 5.7 hand crack that takes you to the top. Posting a series of photos showing you what my partner did at the start of the 2nd pitch. Hope this helps . . . .

Happy sending May 7, 2012
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
Blew off work for a day and did this route back in the early 90s. Really fun--and we didn't get off route (which makes us the weird ones, it seems). Too bad about the fire. Love the gear list. Jul 23, 2012
Climbed this last week, and it's quite stellar. Was not nearly as involved and comitting as this page makes it come off as.

After pitch 1 (belay in a large waterstreak with good belay seats right next to a left-facing dihedral), just climb up 8 feet or so above the belay and make a right traverse under a rooflette, pop around the arete, and boogie up and left along the arete. I thought this was straightforward and that the route finding was neither complicated or hard.

I ended up linking pitch 2 with half of pitch 3. Belayed right after the Lost In Space crux and right below the 5.4 corner. This made my pitch 2 long, sustained and quite classic, in my opinion. Couldn't imagine stopping before the route's crux and then starting a new pitch just to climb an 8 foot crux and a 5.4 corner.

Either way, this is an awesome route with lots of vertical feet, exposure and fun moves! Oct 16, 2012
mike h
Denver, CO
mike h   Denver, CO
Great route, great rock.

Route finding was easier than I expected from the discussion here. I think two things are important: 1. know where to start from the multiple p1 pictures here, 2. know where to traverse right at the start of p2 from the pictures here, followed by exposed moves back left along/above the arete/roof.

Otherwise, the routefinding was obvious, and multiple belay/pitch options exist. I'd agree that it's best to take p2 all the way past the 5.9 crux to the base of the large 5.4 corner, then do a long third pitch to the top. Nice summit. Oct 7, 2013
Pink Thunder
Sacramento, CA
Pink Thunder   Sacramento, CA
Stellar route. Did it on Sunday with a pal and wound up leaving a nut at the 5.9 crux. So the next party on will have a nice surprise.

We didn't have any problem route finding; after the first pitch, look to the right, and follow the lack of lichen onto the ridge and up. Just be wary of a big bulging rock that's loose as you move off the belay ledge. The thing feels like it's about to pop at any moment. Oct 10, 2013
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Just did this today for a nice afternoon climb. Didn't really get lost but did have a stellar time. We made it in 3 pitches easily. Don't bring bigger than a 2, I doubt you'll use it, have fun! Jan 22, 2014
Dom R
Bend, OR
Dom R   Bend, OR
I think the reason everyone is getting lost on this is because the description on here is pretty vague and not entirely correct, though we all write our own stories out there. Anyways, did this yesterday with not one issue following the Haas guidebook.

P1. Locate the obvious hanging dihedral in the middle of the cliff, about 50 ft. up. Climb the slabby open book/crack in a corner to this and into the corner. Climb the corner, and make a hard move to exit. Belay on the left side of the headwall below a small, chalked fingercrack.

P2. Climb to the fingercrack, do a brilliant and unlikely traverse. Follow cracks in the arĂȘte up and left around the roof. Keep climbing till you hit the small crux corner. Make the move and belay below the huge chimney ahead.

P3. Climb the chimney, move right, and cruise the pleasant corner to a nice belay.

P4. Take the easiest path to the summit. These pitches are all 150' or longer, and the crux second is almost 180'. That's the joy of this climb, so don't think you've passed the belay because you probably have not. Now, all that being said, this is for sure a fun classic and shouldn't be missed. Almost 700' of climbing in only 4 pitches? It's pretty great, and I went on a sunny Saturday afternoon and didn't see another soul. Jun 14, 2015
Evan Crumpecker
Colorado Springs
Evan Crumpecker   Colorado Springs
Yeah, this page's route description isn't the greatest. The Haas book has good pitch descriptions, and I think Dom's comment was pretty much right on the money. If you do it his way, there isn't much actual climbing on the fourth 'pitch' -- we just scrambled to the summit.

I used a #3 and #4 for building belays at the top of the first and second pitches but probably could've gotten by without them.

This thing is greasy when it's warm, which might not make it a good warm day lead if you're at your grade -- the one crux move felt pretty hard. There were also two cams and a nut stuck on the route this past weekend, and we failed to booty any of them. Maybe one day.... We also dropped a #0.5 Black Diamond on the third pitch which is probably still lying around the base of the climb somewhere, we couldn't find it on the way out. Sep 23, 2016
Ace Boogie
Hollywood, FL
Ace Boogie   Hollywood, FL
Pitch 2 starts to the right of the belayer, up the short 5.8 crack to some face holds that get you standing on the arete above and to the right. There is no reason to even touch the giant loose boulder/"flake" that's directly above the belayer. It's all there, and you'll be chillin' with a smile as soon as you gaze up from the arete once you've established. Just start to the right in the handcrack from the belay, watch your technique and trust your holds. Instantly one of my favorite climbs! Mar 5, 2017
Mark Rolofson
Boulder, CO
Mark Rolofson   Boulder, CO
This route is actually Lost In Space Direct, not Lost In Space. First ascent: Ed Lynch & John Pease in 1974. We would normally do it in 5 pitches, splitting the 3rd pitch in two leads & belaying at the base of the 5.4 dihedral.

Sadly, in "South Platte Rock Climbing & Garden Of The Gods" (1988) that I co-authored with Peter Hubbel, Lost In Space (5.8) was omitted. It was listed & drawn on the topo in my first guidebook to the area "The Hard Stuff - A Climber's Guide to the Turkey Rock Area & Other South Platte Crags (1984). Chockstone Press had Hubbel do the final drawings for the guide, rather than use mine. He really screwed things six ways to Sunday & then refused to correct his mistakes after my edit.

Lost In Space climbs the same first pitch to the big ledge then traverses right to Lamb's Prey and climbs what is now considered the 3rd pitch of Lamb's Prey. The 4th pitch wanders up & left via face climbing to the base of the large 5.4 dihedral on Lost In Space Direct. There is enough good gear on this pitch, I didn't rate it R. They are both worthy lines with Lost In Space being longer. Jan 29, 2019