Type: Trad, 900 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: Lynn Evanson/Fletcher, Dan McGee, Ken Trout, 1984
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Shared By: Ken Trout on Jun 29, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Do any combination of routes, starting with Helen's Dome, then Acid Rock, and finally the Velcro Wall to the summit of Sheep Rock.

Lynn Fletcher and Dan McGee on the first Tour de Platte linkup, 1984.

The first time up all three domes the team was motivated by the news of great pitches up on Dunblazer and Kat's then-new Velcro Wall.

Darren Mabe's photo-map has a few details added in red, black, white, and violet for Tour de Platte.

Starting the tour with Spree (5.8), connecting to Four Eyes (5.9-), and finishing via Acid Crack (5.5) is a recommendable six pitch moderate.

On the way to Acid Rock from the top of Helen's. Photo by Mountain Project contributor and hardware up-grader, Mark Roth.




A single set of Black Diamond Steel nuts and Stoppers, a single set of small cams too, and maybe a #2 Camalot just in case.


Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
Have you done my SticksnStones route, Ken? (a similar TourdePlatte link up albeit easier, consistent difficulty, and shorter) Jun 30, 2009
Brian Brown  
We linked up Fractured Fairytales on Helen's to Sticks and Stones on Acid Rock to the Acid Crack on Velcro Wall. Great day. We did it all with a single 70m rope. Walk off of Velcro Wall to the south to a single rappel. Had to down climb 20 feet or so. We also threw in a pitch on Baby Helen's just for fun. Jun 29, 2011
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
Darren, I apologize for being so late to have seen your question! No per S&S, but it sounds great. All that hard work you've done on the north face is great too. Dec 9, 2015
Unless anyone would like to dispute it, I'm pretty sure we got the FAO* of the "Tour de Platte" on July 24, 2017.

Simul-climbed Fractured Fairytales, then climbed the well-bolted Unknown route on Acid Rock (linked first 2 pitches), then climbed Acid Crack on Velcro Wall. Started at 6:30am and summitted Sheeprock at 12:30. Incredible views of the surrounding area and really nice climbing the whole way.

We wasted a lot of time trying to find the approach between the top of Helen's and the bottom of Acid Rock. We also got pretty lost on the descent. Car-to-car in 10 hours.

The summit register is extremely water-logged and needs to be replaced.

  • FAO = First Ascent by Ohioans.
Jul 25, 2017