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|Type:||Trad, 250 ft (76 m), 3 pitches|
|Page Views:||427 total · 2/month|
|Shared By:||tobias nitchka on Dec 6, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
The Cathedral Spires area, including Block Tower, Cynical Pinnacle, Snake Buttress, the Dome, Hall of Mirrors, Sunshine Wall, and Poe Buttress, are closed annually starting March 1 for raptor nesting. After careful monitoring of nest sites, Jefferson County Open Space opens certain areas of Cathedral Spires and maintain spot closures for active nests through July 31st. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates: jeffco.us/open-space/parks/…
Note, JeffCo Open Space has notified us that access to The Bishop and Poop Point (along with all the Cathedral Spires Area) currently goes across JeffCo OS land. Despite information in some guidebooks (published or soon-to-be-published), the entire Cathedral Spires area is subject raptor nesting closures. Please be aware of the hefty fines associated with failure to observe these regulations.
2nd pitch: located to the right of a blankish face there are three crack systems, from left to right a 10a, a 7 (with a 5.8+ move if you ask me), and an 8 (the widest of the three). We climbed the 5.7. Nice pitch. It takes you into a wide chimney. There are red and blue slings there. Angle out left following a crack along a slab, or climb straight on (harder). We did the former, and belayed from the flat ledge there with good views (Pikes Peaks to the southeast, the mountains south of Evans to the west).
3rd pitch: we didn't climb it. We traversed through split rocks to the north to another climb. (See "Interceptor".) If you stay with Squatter's, there's a 5.9+ variation on the left, according to Hubbel's book--the first moves of which seemed like hard 5.10 at the very least--and a 5.8 off-width on the right (pro to 5 inches). Just remember, 5.8 around here ain't necessarily a cinch....