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Kindergarten Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,065'
Location: 38.87463, -104.87968 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Kindergarten Rock is the Southernmost of the three large main formations in the Garden, and contains many fine climbs. Ormes' Chimney (5.6) may be one of the first technical climbs in Colorado and is still impressive when you consider it was done by Robert Ormes in 1924.

    While the West Face of Kindergarten is composed of the same soft sandstone found on the Gateway Rocks, the East Face of Kindergarten is composed of solid, featured, and almost glassy sandstone. Some development has occurred in this area over the last 10-15 years, along with some rebolting of old lines. Must-do climbs on Kindergarten include the super-classic and well protected New Era (5.7), End of an Era (5.8), and Diesel and Dust (5.11).

    Getting There 

    To reach the East face, drive all the way around the main Garden formations until you are on the one-way road headed back North on the East side of the Rocks. Park at the parking area just South of the main formations. New Era, a dihedral splitting the rock all the way to the top, will be clearly visible. Hike uphill basically straight towards New Era. It's hard to get lost.


    Per Cody Cook: watch for rattlers.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 5.8 miles from here

    30 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Kindergarten Rock

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kindergarten Rock:
    New Era   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 270'   East Face
    Big Sky   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   East Face
    Monster Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   West Face
    End of an Era   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   East Face
    Bob's Buttress Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   East Face
    Death of a Dinosaur    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   East Face
    Beginning of the End a/k/a Sandy Monster   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   East Face
    Alligator Soup   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   East Face
    End to End   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   East Face
    Scarecrow   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   West Face
    Skyline Pig   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   East Face
    New Generation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   East Face
    "The Route on the Left" aka Sand in the Vaseline   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   East Face
    Binary    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   East Face
    Footloose 'N' Fancy Free   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   West Face
    Beat Me Up, Scotty   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   East Face
    Diesel and Dust   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   East Face
    The Extremist (former entered as Civil Disobedience)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   East Face
    Anarchy   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   East Face
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Kindergarten Rock

    Featured Route For Kindergarten Rock
    Rock Climbing Photo: Hayden on the starting moves of Diesel and Dust.  ...

    Diesel and Dust 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : Colorado Springs : ... : East Face
    This is the first sport route left of New Era. Start on moderate ground, crimping up solid, incut, iron-oxide rails. Move left and up, then over a bulge (crux), then right to anchors. This is very soft 5.11. A second pitch exists, which is rated 5.11, but it is more like mid-range 5.10, and is high quality face climbing on good holds in an awesome position. Do both pitches, rap once with two ropes, twice with one. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of Kindergarten Rock Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Southern view of Kindergarten Rock.
    Southern view of Kindergarten Rock.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The walk-off on the south side of Kindergarten Roc...
    The walk-off on the south side of Kindergarten Roc...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Zach on the summit of Kindergarten Rock, 2013.
    Zach on the summit of Kindergarten Rock, 2013.
    Rock Climbing Photo: West Face of the rock with Scarecrow on the left, ...
    West Face of the rock with Scarecrow on the left, ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kindergarten Rock with New Era in the center.
    Kindergarten Rock with New Era in the center.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kindergarten Rock from the VC,
    Kindergarten Rock from the VC,
    Rock Climbing Photo: A little higher resolution pic of Kindergarten Roc...
    A little higher resolution pic of Kindergarten Roc...

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Sep 22, 2002
    Seems to me this section should be listed as Grey Rock, or Cathedral. Kindergarten might best refer to the south end (only) topropes. This very large formation and some intense climbs, deserve a more recognized proper name, yes?
    By Lance Bischoff
    Sep 14, 2003
    On the photo, add two other anchors - both to the right of the last blue line on right. One set is just under the bulge and slightly down from the bulge peak. The other set is for rainy/slippery descents of the ramp or rappel training. The two hangers there are on the flatter dish area on the top of the approach ramp. Also, I got to agree - calling this magnificent formation, in total, Kindergarten Rock is ridiculous. East and West Face climbs of moderate to high difficulty deserve to be attached to the name(s) Grey Rock, or Cathedral Rock as mentioned and recognized in the Park literature.
    By Legs Magillicutty
    From: Durango
    Sep 29, 2003
    Hi Lance! Saw you out there in Sunday, 9/28. And yes, there is some great climbing to be had on the East Face. Some of which are for no toddlers!!!
    By Ryan Carlino
    Apr 2, 2006
    While walking around the south-end topropes (en route to the Scarecrow area) I saw a route that I was wondering if anyone had info on. It is pretty much on the SW corner of the rock, though more W than S. It is definitely before (i.e. south of) the other west-side climbs. It has 4 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. The anchor has blue webbing and maybe rap rings. It doesn't look super hard and isn't super tall. Can anyone ID this climb and its rating? The books I have don't mention it. Thanks for any insight.
    By Rik Anderson
    From: C/S, Colorado/Talkeetna, Alask
    Apr 7, 2006
    Ryan, if the climb your talking is roughly 75ft to the right of Footloose and goes over a small roof, that's about a .9. It's been there a long time and I haven't climbed it in a long time, but if my memory serves me it's right around that grade. No idea on the name though.
    By Ryan Carlino
    Apr 9, 2006
    I added "Unknown 4-bolt climb" with some pics. There were some climbers on it, so I didn't get a chance to go up. They didn't stop at the webbing, but went all the way to the landing way up there. Please comment on the description or the grade.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Jul 21, 2008
    Is there any beta for Ormes chimney? Or is it not even worth it?
    By Nathan Hoobler
    Jul 9, 2009
    Tonight at the Garden, we noticed a sign below Kindergarten/Gray Rock that referenced the falcon closure. It said that "Angle Tangle" was closed for raptor nesting until August. Two questions:
    1) The only reference that I found to Angle Tangle was in Stewart Green's comments about North Gateway. Is the sign in the wrong place?
    2) Which climbs on Kindergarten Rock are actually closed during falcon nesting?
    By Patrick Manitou
    From: Atlanta, GAAAAA
    Jul 9, 2009
    Angle Tangle is an old A2 aid route on the east face of North Gateway, so yeah, the sign seems misplaced. Not sure where the falcon closings are, I'm sure someone else on here knows more specifically.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Jun 14, 2010
    Has anyone done 'The Anarchist', described in D'Antonio's book as 12a? I toproped it the other day and found it really really tough for 12a.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Jun 29, 2010
    Yes, that would explain it! What about the Extremist? Is that the same as Civil Disobedience?
    By Stewart M. Green
    Jul 12, 2010
    Regarding the falcon closure and nesting, as far as I know the only falcons nesting at the Garden right now are in the usual nest above Angle Tangle on the east face of North Gateway. Falcons have nested in the New Era area on Grey/Kindergaten Rock, but I haven't seen any sign of them this year. It would be best to check with the CO Division of Wildlife about the closure. Obviously, the wrong sign is in place, of course, that might be all they have. Still it is incumbent on us as climbers to know if the area is closed or else risk a ticket.
    By Alli Driessen
    Aug 11, 2016
    I agree with previous comments that this section is most appropriately named (and more easily found as) the east face of Gray Rock.

    My partner and I just attempted Bob's Buttress Crack, and even though the climbing restrictions were lifted weeks ago, there are still many birds nesting within the cracks of the climb. I don't recommend climbing this route at this time of year.

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