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|Type:||Trad, 330 ft (100 m), 4 pitches|
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|Shared By:||tobias nitchka on Oct 11, 2003|
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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.
P1: Climb the chimney (5.5) being careful for loose rock. Easier scrambling after the chimney leads to a nice hand crack. The crux of the pitch is the final move up and over. It helps if you're tall, otherwise the move may seem a stretch at 5.9.
P2: Take the obvious dihedral on the right (5.8).
P2 Variation (recommended): Follow discontinuous cracks up the middle of the face. (5.9+) Eats up small to medium cams. Great pitch! Belay when you find standing room and protection for a belay.
P3: Continue straight above the variation. Or, if you climbed the dihedral second pitch, you should diagonal up left for 30 ft from the 2nd belay until you find the vertical crack headed up. A solid pitch (5.8); belay on next ledge with sitting room.
P4: Gonzo's lament? This is a 50 foot off-width, off-balance 5.8 that I thought needed lots of big gear (4-6") for protection. Tough; don't be fooled by the grade.
Variation (if you don't have the gear to protect the off-width...) From the belay, traverse south around a loose-looking block and out of sight of your belayer. You will see the chain anchors for the Standard Route. You can climb the last crack pitch of this route (5.10) or traverse another 30 feet south and gain the 5.8 finish of Equinox--certainly a much easier 5.8 than the finish to Gonzo's.