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Flying Nun

5.10a/b, Trad, Alpine, 500 ft, 6 pitches, Grade II,  Avg: 2.8 from 4 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Cathedral Wall
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This is a good route in a great setting, but I was disappointed that the it didn't break left onto the red rock at the top.

The top pitch is blocky with big, classic features in an open, chimney-like system.


The start took some time to find, the wall looms large when your standing in front of it. Instead, find the route on the wall at a distance before arriving.


I seem to remember thin gear at the beginning, but it gets better higher up. Bring Tricams.

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The dihedral on the fourth pitch.
[Hide Photo] The dihedral on the fourth pitch.

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Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
[Hide Comment] I wish this page had more useful route information on it! Oct 28, 2014
[Hide Comment] This route is a great engaging adventure. It would be on par with the Dalke Route if it saw more traffic. One should definitely be prepared for pretty significant runouts on good rock. Generally speaking, following one's intuition works out pretty well. We climbed the route as follows:

1) From the start, climb into the steep, arching flake/crack. As the crack goes horizontal, pull through the overlap, and arrange a nest of small gear about 10 feet above the overlap before heading right around the arete and climbing rather runout terrain to a belay at a fixed nut below and left of a the grassy ledge mentioned in Rossiter's guide, 130ft, 10- R.

2) Climb to the ledge, and then follow faint dihedrals up and slightly left ending at the bolts on Sublime Buttress. There is a spicy move about 20 feet above the ledge, but the rest of the pitch has decent pro, 160ft, 5.9 R.

3) Step right, and climb a faint dihedral for about 100 feet until a ledge system is reached. At this point, climb up and right into the base of a large, left-facing dihedral with red rock on its right side (it is worth looking for this feature before leaving the ground), 170ft, 5.8 R/X.

4) Follow the dihedral until it gets totally blank at which point, one can traverse left and arrange a belay about 25ft left of the dihedral in a nice exposed position, 160ft, 5.9.

5) Climb unprotected terrain up and back right into the dihedral, and follow it to the base of a steep flake/handcrack where the climb merges with the Dalke Route. Climb this feature over a bulge, and then traverse right on a wildly exposed face traverse around the corner to a small ledge and fire up to the top of the steep part of the wall, 170ft, 5.9 R.

6) Climb to the top of the wall. Jul 2, 2018