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Hearts and Arrows

5.12b, Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 9 pitches, Grade V,  Avg: 3.7 from 16 votes
FA: Bruce Miller, Chris Weidner, August 26, 2010
Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures Details


Begin beneath the D1 Pillar, at a short, left-facing corner, about 20 feet left of the top of the North Chimney.

P1. Climb the corner, then wander up the D1 Pillar on moderate terrain to a small ledge beneath a steep, right-facing corner, 5.6, 65m.

P2. Stem and jam the corner (P2 of D1) to its top, then tiptoe right on a narrow ledge and belay at its right margin, 5.8, 15m (can be combined with P1).

P3. Climb cracks above the belay for 15 feet, then traverse right toward a large, left-facing corner. Climb the sustained hands and offwidth corner past a two-pin anchor. Belay on a good ledge at its top, 5.10a, 58m.

P4. Ascend the rotten, left-facing corner until it slabs out (about 130 feet). Traverse thirty feet left (5.8 R) to belay at the base of a small, right-facing corner (this is where Hearts and Arrows deviates from the Enos Mills Wall). The belay is about 50 feet below the massive, right-facing corner that's pitch five of the Enos Mills Wall, 5.10b, 50m.

P5. Balance left around the sharp arête that forms the corner. Climb left and up with difficulty past two bolts and a pin. Continue up cracks to a stance below a steep, right-facing corner (Jack of Diamonds P5), 5.11c, 15m.

P6. Jam and lieback the "Horrible Corner" to its top. Continue up a left-facing corner to a hanging belay (one bolt, one pin), 5.11a, 27m.

P7. Climb the arête and face (fixed pin and nut) above the belay (5.10- R) to Table Ledge crack. Climb left a few feet then straight up double cracks (crux), emphasizing the right crack. After climbing a short chimney, belay on top of a large, black flake, 5.12b, 25m.

P8: Jam a difficult section above the belay, then continue up a solitary, overhanging crack (fingers to fists, 11b) to beneath a roof. Surmount the roof (10d) and belay at a stance just above, 5.11b, 30m.

P9: Face climb right into a left-facing corner with an offwidth, the last pitch of Enos Mills Wall. Struggle up the wide crack to the top of The Diamond, 5.9, 40m .


Descend the North Face (Cables Route) of Long's Peak.


1 ea: Nuts, TCUs, #4 and #5 Camalot.
2 ea: #0.4-#3 Camalot.
3 ea: #1 and #2 Camalot.

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Storm to the north of Long's Peak, taken from our bivy at Chasm View.<br>
Photo: C. Weidner.
[Hide Photo] Storm to the north of Long's Peak, taken from our bivy at Chasm View. Photo: C. Weidner.
Climbers on Hearts and Arrows from Chasm View. July 2013.
[Hide Photo] Climbers on Hearts and Arrows from Chasm View. July 2013.
Caldwell and Wharton cruising.
[Hide Photo] Caldwell and Wharton cruising.
Bruce Miller on the crux 7th pitch.
[Hide Photo] Bruce Miller on the crux 7th pitch.
The route line.
[Hide Photo] The route line.
Starting up the P4 finger crack variation instead of the rotten corner.
[Hide Photo] Starting up the P4 finger crack variation instead of the rotten corner.
Matt finishing the P4 finger crack variation right before it joins the original traverse.
[Hide Photo] Matt finishing the P4 finger crack variation right before it joins the original traverse.
Coming up to the belay at the end of the P5 traverse.
[Hide Photo] Coming up to the belay at the end of the P5 traverse.
[Hide Photo] Topo.
Bruce Miller leading the final offwidth to the top.
[Hide Photo] Bruce Miller leading the final offwidth to the top.
Bruce Miller on the sustained cracks (11b) of pitch 8.
[Hide Photo] Bruce Miller on the sustained cracks (11b) of pitch 8.
Bruce beginning the 11a corner on pitch 6.
[Hide Photo] Bruce beginning the 11a corner on pitch 6.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Santa Monica, Ca.
[Hide Comment] Looks badass! Great photos. Maybe need to rescan topo, when I zoomed in, I couldn't read a thing.

Edit: Thanks! Jul 13, 2011
Chris Weidner
[Hide Comment] Thanks, YDPL8S. I resubmitted a higher res topo – it's now legible. Jul 13, 2011
Scott Bennett
[Hide Comment] Great Route, nice find guys and huge thanks for putting it up!

Did it yesterday with my friend Rob, and we found the first two pitches (shared with D1) to be wet, but still easy. The whole middle portion of the route, and all the crux climbing, was in great shape. There were tickmarks everywhere, though, even on 5.10 terrain.

12b seemed right on for the crux pitch. Not sure if there were any moves as hard as 12a, but the whole package (p7 of sustained climbing at nearly 14k) adds up to a burly lead.

The final, OW pitch was seeping wet and slimy, and it didn't help that we led it during a hailstorm. It felt like the crux of the route!

Thanks again, and congrats on finding this gem right up the center of the big D!

-Scott Jul 19, 2011
[Hide Comment] WOW! I had the pleasure of repeating this with Joe Mills this week. What an awesome line! Props to Chris and Bruce for ferreting out a modern day free climbing classic. This is the best out of the five routes I have done on the Diamond so far. My thoughts.... The 10b "rotten" pitch is actually pretty cool and fun as you stem and jam through a wild crystal matrix. The 11c face traverse is incredibly classic, airy, exposed and I thought just as hard as the crux 12b pitch. It also feels like the point of no return, where the best way off is now up and over. You definitely need to be on your A-game for the 5.10R start to the 12b pitch! The last 11b pitch is INCREDIBLE, a burly splitter leads to a roof which looks to be 5.13 from below but succumbs at 5.10d! You belay for the final 5.9 offwidth at the lip of the roof in one of the most spectacular and exposed positions on the Diamond! Sustained, burly, and classic!!! Jul 5, 2012
EDJ Johnson
Eldorado Springs, Colorado
[Hide Comment] We did this route the day after heavy storms, and the wall was dripping wet. The climb was dry the whole way! An awesome classic! Aug 24, 2013
Jay 1975
Bonedale, CO
[Hide Comment] Pretty sick route! Clean all the way. Jul 20, 2015
Tyler Rohr
Washington DC
[Hide Comment] So good, this was my first route on the Diamond, and it could not been better! Although coming from Boston, I definitely got a taste of humble-altitude-pie by the last 3 pitches! Anyway, a few helpful notes.

1. Route finding with was very straightforward and pleasant with two very minor exceptions:

a. I think we ended up a little too high after pitch four, at the base of large, right-facing corner with some old fixed gear at the anchor. This was fine though as we just set up shop there (redirected though a high piece we put in the corner) then downclimbed maybe 10 feet and did the traverse. The downclimb for the follower is a little spicy, but if you use some of the old webbing to lower yourself off the ledge, it's fine.

b. We never really found the 'short chimney' on P7 and were worried we were too far left but everything else seemed to check out (double crack crux, transition into P8, etc.).

2. At the end of P6 to the left of the left-facing corner, there is a large flake system that you can transition to from the finger crack in the corner. If you transition too low though, there is a large (microwave-size) block on the left of the flake system that is basically just sitting there, ready to come tumbling down. We didn't huck it as there were parties below us, but it probably needs to go. Be careful!

Anyway, can't stress how awesome this experience was! AND THE P8 ROOF!
Thanks for putting it up! Jul 17, 2016
Noah McKelvin
Colorado Springs
[Hide Comment] WOW! What a route!!!! That roof must be one of the highlights of my life. Jul 22, 2016
ejesse Jesse
Colorado Springs
[Hide Comment] The most secure of the full value climbs up the middle of the Diamond. It also climbs the fastest of the center routes with solid jams the whole way except the 2 bolt traverse. Once you get there, the last 4 pitches are mind blowing!

For the rotten corner P4, has anyone done/tried the finger crack just to the left? It's on solid rock and looked like 5.11. It disappears right at the slab which might make the last couple moves spicy. Of note, the rotten corner's a lot better than it looks, but if you can, give it to your partner. Jul 25, 2016
Golden, Co
[Hide Comment] ^^^ nice Eric
"Of note, the rotten corners a lot better than it looks, but if you can, give it to your partner."

Great route, great position. Bottom of route will get better with more traffic. Top 4 pitches of straight in jamming make a great and memorable exit. Jul 25, 2016
[Hide Comment] On Sept. 8th, Matt Combs and I climbed the finger crack a few feet to the left of the 4th pitch (directly above the P3 belay). We thought it was more fun and protected a lot better than the original 4th pitch dihedral. I'd definitely recommend the variation. We thought the hardest move might have been 11-, but there were plenty of rests.

We spoke to Bruce Miller, Chris Weidner, and others that have climbed H&A. It sounded like this variation may have been toproped before but not lead. It went clean for us with the recommended H&A rack. We wouldn't suggest any extra pieces for it. If others have free-climbed, I'd enjoy hearing what you thought of it. The topo in Rossiter's RMNP guidebook shows this pitch as an A2 variation of P4 of the Enos Mills Wall route. We found one existing piton on it.

Matt and I will keep using this variation to enjoy this overall great route up The Diamond! Sep 11, 2018