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Routes in The Bishop

Bishop Crack T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Bishop Offwidth T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Bishop's Conundrum (aka Psycho Physics) T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Craftwork T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ellingwood Chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flounder T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unknown Handcrack - AKA The Right Splitter T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: Bill Duncan, Steve Stubblefield, Pat Peddy
Page Views: 1,151 total · 8/month
Shared By: Bill Duncan on Aug 14, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route begins behind the huge flake that is leaning against the Bishop's left-hand side, to the left of the Bishop finger crack.

Start by climbing on to a large boulder wedged behind the flake, and then straight up the classic stemming chimney, clipping 3 bolts along the way. There is a small foot ledge on the flake that allows you to climb out to either side of the cap rock. A few easier face moves brings you to a nice ledge with 3 bombproof anchors. 5.9-R.

Next, climb out left to the arete (crux) and then pull right of a small roof to gain the south face of the Bishop. Wild exposure, excellent rock. The crux and the roof are well protected. Climb up the face to good belay anchors. 5.11+ crux, followed by sustained 5.10 face moves.
The top of the chimney is visible under the caprock. The north exit ledge is visible.


Walk into the chimney to the left of the Bishop's Finger Crack, and look up.


Quickdraws and a couple of cams up to about #3 may come in handy.


Patrick Peddy
Patrick Peddy   evergreen,co
Wow Bill, super classic but never actually been able to do the crux. Me thinks you're sandbaggin' again. Sep 28, 2006
Bill Duncan
Jamestown, CO
  5.11+ R
Bill Duncan   Jamestown, CO
  5.11+ R
You may be right Pat, this was Steve's opinion, and I perhaps spent too much time on that ledge to have an objective view. My rating was PDH. I seem to recall sliming that move more often than getting it clean, but it is a boulder problem . . . . May 8, 2008
Petaluma California
stevecurtis   Petaluma California
I tried this thing with Pat some years ago. The "boulder problem" start was much harder than 11b--never got it. Rest of the route was pretty good then a little run out at the top. Nov 17, 2009
Steve Stubblefield
Shawnee, KS
Steve Stubblefield   Shawnee, KS
I'm not sure where this name came from. When I completed the route by hand drilling the last pitch hanging from hooks, I named it Bishop's Condrum. Oct 4, 2018
Patrick Peddy
Patrick Peddy   evergreen,co
Great photo of you sporting the '80s shorts and Boreals, Steve! Oct 16, 2018

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