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Catch and Release Crag aka Montreat Crag

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Catch and Release Crag aka Montreat Crag Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: boydpainting on Mar 24, 2010

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Catch and Release area. Photo by Blitzo.

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This crags is sunny, short, and south-facing. There are five lines on this rock, all "TR-able."

Eds. Note, this is on private land, and it should thus be avoided.


A. One, 6, 1p, 55', gear or TR.
B. Two, 7, 1p, 55', gear or TR.
C. Three, 9-, 1p, 55', gear or TR.
D. Four, 11, 1p, 40', gear or TR.
E. Catch, 10-, 1p.
F. Release, 9, 1p, 50', gear or TR.
G. Crack/Flake, 1p.

H. Cast In Stone, 10+, 1p, bolts.
I. Dry Fly, 9, 1p, bolts & gear.

Getting There 

It is about 16 miles up from the BST, on the NORTH. Hike uphill for 20 seconds, yeah, seconds.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Photos of Catch and Release Crag aka Montreat Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
BETA PHOTO: One, Two, Three, Four, Five.

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By allen simons
Mar 28, 2010
"16 miles up from the BST"? allen
By boydpainting
From: Estes Park CO
Mar 28, 2010
Sorry, sixteen miles upstream from the Beige Siphon Tube.
By allen simons
Mar 31, 2010
Ahh, I should have figured that one out.
By jeveslage
From: Loveland
Apr 27, 2010
If you follow the beta photo for route 1 where it goes right towards the tree for an anchor, there is a pair of bolts on the top you can use for a top rope or anchor.
By boydpainting
From: Estes Park CO
May 3, 2010
Good call, forgot those bolts were up there.
By Errett Allen
Jul 16, 2010
Did these routes 9 years ago and put in the toprope bolts. We called it the Catch and Release crag. Route 5 is Release. Catch is between 4 and 5 in the photo - 10a. Also there's another top rope around the corner to the right of Release -- look for a short steep thin crack/flake immediately right of an outside corner. A small arete 30 feet to the right of this one now has 2 new face climbs. Cast In Stone, 10+, 5 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor, and Dry Fly, 5.9, 2 bolts plus some gear to 2.5 inch. Shares the same anchor as Cast in Stone. If you want to just top-rope these routes, the anchor can be reached by some exposed third class shenanigans.
By Bernard Gillett
Mar 15, 2015
It appears to me that these rocks are on private property; I attempted to make a visit today but found what looked like a property pin at the base of the crag. Upon further research this evening, I'm thinking climbing here is not a good idea.

Here's a link to the Larimer County Land Information Locator:

The boundaries of Parcel 25211-00-025 seem to include all the routes described.

Screen shot of street-side photo from Google maps (compare to crag photo):

Rock Climbing Photo: Montreat Crag (private property, I'm thinking).
Montreat Crag (private property, I'm thinking).

Tread carefully -- or not at all if you come to the same conclusion that I have.

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