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Jamcrack Spire Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.94933, -105.2859 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The North Face of the North Summit of Jamcrack Spi...

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  • Description 

    Jamcrack Spire is a large flatiron by most definitions, but still has relatively few routes. In width and dwarfs its northern neighbor, the Maiden. This massive chunk of rock is both Wide and Tall, but lacks the tall North and south faces that make the Maiden spectacular. The massive East Face is lower angle than some other flatirons, but is still a significant climb. This rock had no published East Face routes until tha Haas book came out, despite ample terrain and features for a few independent lines. If it were closer to a trailhead, I am sure it would get more attention. As well, the West side of this flatiron is quite large and featured it holds a handful of trad lines with potential for more, some solid cracks. The lack of popularity of this crag insures that you will be there alone if you go, but also that the rock has more potential hazard from lack of travel. To descend from this rock, go to the central area of the West Face and rap on trees with a long rope, 2 ropes, or a series of 2 raps from trees. Please consider taking a length of webbing to refurbish existing anchors. As with other area rocks, this one is affected by the seasonal closure, which of course is 'for the birds,' raptors that is....

    Getting There 

    The approach to this rock's East Face is the same as for the Maiden, but go to the South from the base of the Maiden to reach the East face. A rocky wash traces the base for a while before it becomes a fern gully. To approach the West Face, proceed as for the Devil's Thumb or Tower of the Moon. From the Mesa Trail, having passed below the Matron, continue on and up into the Shadow Canyon Trail until just west of this rock. It is a LARGE West face and is distinguished by its oddly forked twin spires when viewed from the south. Once due west of the rock, perhaps just past a "bear" sign and a large boulder, head up the talus to reach the base.

    Climbing Season

    For the South area.

    Weather station 1.1 miles from here

    5 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Jamcrack Spire

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Jamcrack Spire:
    Southeast Chimney   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   
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    Southeast Chimney 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CO : Flatirons : ... : Jamcrack Spire
    This is a very unique and pleasing route, perhaps a great one for a windy but dry day. If you liked Hatch or Rehatch, then this pleasant slot is for you. The rock is remarkable solid and hard, with little or nothing loose, and the slot is just wide enough to extend hands and touch both sides for a strong majority of it's length.The route feels a lot like canyoneering in a way, and you pass ferns and the occasional dwarfed tree, but remarkably no mo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Jamcrack Spire from above and West.  The big dihed...
    Jamcrack Spire from above and West. The big dihed...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Peeking through the Crow's Nest at Jamcrack Spire.
    Peeking through the Crow's Nest at Jamcrack Spire.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Shadow Canyon from the Mesa Trail at midmorning. T...
    Shadow Canyon from the Mesa Trail at midmorning. T...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Viewed from the South, Jamcrack Spire has an impos...
    BETA PHOTO: Viewed from the South, Jamcrack Spire has an impos...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jamcrack Spire (Rt) and The Maiden (L) as seen fro...
    Jamcrack Spire (Rt) and The Maiden (L) as seen fro...
    Rock Climbing Photo: From left to right... The Tower of The Moon (small...
    BETA PHOTO: From left to right... The Tower of The Moon (small...

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