Type: Trad, 250 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Duncan Ferguson with either or Chris Reveley /Jim Walsh
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Shared By: Ray Snead on Dec 31, 2001
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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure Details


The Dome's historic ultra classic. There is mandatory excitement around the roof on the 2nd pitch (as described here) - no way to dog this one. Start near the center of the face at an obvious easy crack.

P1: Climb the crack (5.5, gear) to its top [optional belay], then friction up to join Topographical Oceans for the first three bolts of its second pitch (5.9). Veer left, then climb up and right to a belay at an arch.

P2: Climb right around the arch-roof (5.9) with courage, then follow a ramp up and left to a belay above the arch.

P3: Climb up past a bolt to an overlap, and turn it on the right (5.6) or left (5.9), and continue up left to a belay.

P4: Move left on a ramp to a wide-ish crack, climb it (5.8) to the easy summit slabs.

Downclimb to the east to descend.


Old school bolts plus a light rack.
Joe Keyser
Scottsdale, AZ
Joe Keyser   Scottsdale, AZ
When we did this route, we rapped to the climbers left instead of walking off. 2-3? raps from bolt anchors. The belay bolts on the route after P2 are heinous so we set an awkward belay off a couple cams (.75 and 1 camalot) in the crack just below it. Oct 31, 2002
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
I linked pitches one and two together. Pitch two was a bit dicey because of the runouts on old bolts. My partner led the third and fifth pitch. We rapped from the top on old belay stations that are equipped with dangerous bolts. I would recommend walking down rather than rapping, as the bolts on this rock are not the greatest. Nov 4, 2002
I climbed Bishop's Jaggers on Labor Day in 2001. I was swarmed by bees twice on the traditional first pitch (half of the first pitch from the description.)

Though it makes for a good story, and the bees were only low on the route (before the difficult climbing), it's still a useful cautionary tale, particularly for those who react more strongly than I do to bee stings. Jan 13, 2003
Englewood, CO
ROC   Englewood, CO
Fun climb but be ready to really run it out. If your not completely confident on 5.9 South Platte (!) slab then I would not recommend this route at all. The bolts on the entire climb were horrible at best. I wouldn't trust a fall on those rusty old things or even hang off them for that matter. Also the roof pitch (2nd, if you link 1 and 2), is pretty tricky. Not particularly hard moves, but the route finding for me was a real challenge. Go for the crack in the roof strait up from the belay. Have fun and be safe. Also be ready for a real haul up there, especially if you miss the right trail!!!! Jul 9, 2004
Derek Lawrence  
This climb (along with the Dome and the Cathedral Spires )is closed from March 1 to July 31 and has been for years. Its still posted as closed on the Access Fund site. Please don't climb here during this time frame.

P.S. If someone has info that it opened early - please post it! Jul 10, 2004
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
I climbed Topographical Oceans several weeks ago and climbed past the second pitch belay station for Bishops Jaggers. One of the bolt's button head is cracked, the hanger spins easily, and the overall condition of the bolts is not good. Don't belay here-belay farther along or belay somewhere under the roof(one might consider belaying from the station that occupies the end of pitch two of Topo). The above belay station is a death trap. Sep 5, 2004
Just climbed this yesterday. The bolts have been replaced by the ASCA. Now the climbing is safe as well as enjoyable. Sep 10, 2005
Did Bishop's Jaggers last week. Nice shiny new bolts, the work is appreciated. There appeared to be a new rappel route bolted to the left so we attempted to rap after four pitches. The first rap (ends above the big roof to the L of the 3rd belay) came up no less than 5 feet short with a single 60m rope! I say come on now, are we installing 70m rap stations at a long-established crag? This is dangerous, someone's going to rap off the end of their lines. Be careful! Nov 8, 2005
Boulder, CO
pfwein   Boulder, CO
Thanks ASCA--I emailed a donation after doing this route, as I wouldn't have done it on the old bolts (same with many other S. Platte climbs). Oct 2, 2006
Steven N   CO
Climbed it last week. THANKS to ASCA for all the nice new bolts. That pic of the old one is scary!! Oct 5, 2006
Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Allen Hill   FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
I'm perplexed that the first ascent party is not listed here. Duncan Ferguson with either or Chris Reveley /Jim Walsh. A Platte classic if not a Colorado must do. Jun 5, 2007
Dustin B
Dustin B   Steamboat
The left variation on pitch 3 as described above provided excellent, interesting climbing. Mar 3, 2009
Rodger Raubach
Loveland, CO
Rodger Raubach   Loveland, CO
This is definitely a Colorado Classic climb; was my intro to the South Platte. Superb rock, and a bit scary in places, in spite of the lower angle rock. The new bolts reported above would make it less psychic. Sep 10, 2010