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Routes in Cynical Pinnacle

Amy, Good Gorilla T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Buffaloes in Space T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
CMC Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Center Route T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Center Route P3 Variation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Class Act S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Don't Fear The Boogie Man T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Full Facial (aka Only the Lonely) S 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Hand Job (aka West Face) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Hand Job Direct T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Monkey in the Forest T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Off-width Route TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Rap Crack T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Rising Crescendo T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R
Rubber Ducky T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Turf Spreader T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Twist O' Flex T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Wunsch's Dihedral T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Ken Trout and friends
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Shared By: Bryson Slothower on Nov 19, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Seasonal Raptor Closure Details


This is the pitch leading from the top of the Center Route to the summit of Cynical Pinnacle. Caution should be exercised with the pins and bolts.

Climb to the top of the third pitch of the Center Route and belay at a bolted anchor below a line of two pitons and about 6 or 7 bolts leading straight up to the summit.

Start off with a tricky move to the left of the anchor and hand traverse back right along a shallow crack to reach the 1st of two pitons. Falling before the first pin or even onto the second could result in a bad ledge fall. There were three pins before the 1st bolt, but one pulled out while my second was following the route, so now you may have to place a small wire or Alien where the 1st pin used to be. The second pin sticks out about 1/2" the third pin looks solid.

Once you reach the 1st bolt, continue up very steep rock via small but positive edges. The crux comes at the 2nd bolt and after the crux the bolts become a bit more spaced out as the climbing eases off to 5.10.

Belay from a bolt anchor on the summit.


Bring about 10 quick draws and some small wires or Aliens to get you to the first pin.


Lisa Montgomery
Golden, CO
Lisa Montgomery   Golden, CO
I'd recommend bringing some small cams and a single set of nuts for the traverse. I placed green C3 to grey Alien and a medium nut. I didn't have a purple C3, but one may have gone in. Feb 13, 2016
Greg D
  5.11a/b PG13
Greg D   Here
  5.11a/b PG13
Excellent route. Thanks, guys. We happened on this route by chance after climbing Center Route. It looked so good we had to try it. We had no problem placing gear to back up the two remaining pins, then onto the newer bolts. Mostly well-protected with slight runout higher up on new bolts. Fantastic climbing. Oct 18, 2009
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
Thanks Olaf! Too bad about the pin pulling. They never seem to last long in Pikes Peak Granite. Dec 30, 2007
Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Allen Hill   FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
A class act indeed and a great route to boot. Apr 10, 2007
Olaf Mitchell
Paia, Maui, Hi,
Olaf Mitchell   Paia, Maui, Hi,
I was totally honored when Ken Trout invited me to have a stab at freeing his new line.
Ken and Kirk Miller had hooked and drilled the first two bolts on aid.
That was a great start and it made the rest of the pitch sporting but safe.
I free climbed up to their high point and then went for the top putting in two more 1/4" bolts with a hammer and hand drill from small and very steep stances. From that point, it was moderate slab climbing and I could have easily cruised to the top.
I thought that since the line was Ken's vision, he should be the one to top out.
I lowered off my high point this allowed Ken to top out first.
It was truly,the effort of three friends, having fun, while doing a first ascent, that topped out on one of the most dramatic summits in the Platte.
Hence the name "Class Act". Apr 10, 2007
I agree that the pins are sketchy. But you can lead this quite safely, if you accept that a fall might land on the huge ledge. It's actually not very far down to the ledge. It would be considered a pretty good landing by most bouldering standards. Obviously, if you've got bad ankles or something, it's not a good thing. But if you think about it and are prepared, a fall doesn't seem that harsh. I found the spacey face climbing above more stimulating. All in all, great pitch. Aug 28, 2006