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Hip Service S 
Hip, Hip, Hurray S 
Hip-Op S 
Hip-Or-Campus S 
Hippersnapper S 
Hipster, The S 
Hypnotherapy S 

New Hipster Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 39.74251, -105.25646 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mark Tarrant on Apr 29, 2007

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New Hipster Rock is a recently developed crag conveniently located just west of Tunnel #1 on the north hillside. Only 40' to 50' tall, this south and east-facing crag features six steep routes on good stone. An obvious dihedral splits the crag in the center with three routes left and three routes right of the dihedral. The crag is named for those of us who've had or are in need of some new body parts.

Getting There 

Park immediately west of Tunnel #1 on the right (north). This is the same pullout as for The Sports Wall. Looking upstream from the parking pullout, the top of the crag is visible at about 1 o'clock. The approach is pretty obvious. A trail starts directly above the pullout and initially angles slightly right (away from the crag). Follow this bighorn trail for about 120' then hang a left across a gully below the crag, moving slightly past it, before heading up again. The approach takes 5 to 10 minutes.


A1. Hip-Or-Campus, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
A2. Hip Service, 11-, 1p, 40', bolts.
B. Hypnotherapy, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
C. Hippersnapper, 10+, 1p, 45', bolts.
D. Hip, Hip, Hurray, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
E. The Hipster, 12-, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Hip-Op, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.


Per BB121: watch out for rattlesnakes here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in New Hipster Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New Hipster Rock:
Hip-Op   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Hypnotherapy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Hipster   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Hip, Hip, Hurray   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
May 4, 2007
I had considered making no comment on the crag and route names that Mark posted, but there is some higher lesson to be coaxed from the situation that Mark has reflected in the name selection. Most of my athletic life since junior high school was spent as a runner/ sprinter (100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m), and I have always considered myself more a runner than a climber. After 35 years of interval training on the track, my right hip has reached such a state of degeneration (osteoarthritis) that it has to be replaced, i.e. total hip replacement surgery, thus the route names. While I am closing out my 50s age-wise, I don't think that age is responsible for the OA so much as the nature of the training over such a long time, hence the higher lesson. If you are serious about training for climbing, or anything for that matter, then you will train hard. What I observe in myself and in others who are single mindedly in pursuit of some sport goal is that we tend to push past our injuries. Sure, we take a break when we are injured maybe even take some time off. Unlike the pros, however, we rarely go running to our doctors for a quick X-ray or any long term follow up. Joint injuries produce instability in the joint, and this can lead to repetitive, concussive damage that over the long term generates a progressive degenerative inflammatory state. But this all flies under our radar because we have pushed past the pain long ago. So, one good lesson from this experience is to train hard, as hard as you possibly can, but take the injuries seriously. Consider that the part of the injury that you don't see or ceases to annoy, can set up a long term problem that may well have been avoided. If you have, for example, ripped up a finger tendon then go find out exactly what you have done and act accordingly.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
May 4, 2007
Richard, you should get in touch with Roger Linfield through the site. I believe he had a total hip replacement a year or two ago and did extensive research to find the best and least invasive procedure possible. He ended up going to Europe for the operation and has been very happy with the results. Best luck to you.
By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Jul 9, 2007
So this crag should have afternoon shade, say after 5:00 pm?
By Adam Peters
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 26, 2012
When Hipster was a new crag, I stirred up 5 rattlesnakes on the hike out. Had a very close call with one that struck at my legs. That area is very snaky.
By Peter Hunt
Oct 6, 2013
There were a couple of baby/young rattlesnakes near the base of the cliff today.
By Mike Humphries
From: Arvada, CO
Oct 9, 2013
We ran into one baby rattler last night, I noticed a buzzing sound, stopped moving, and he was a foot or two from me. Be careful and aware of the snakes at this cliff.
By Jerimiah Gentry
From: Denver, CO
Aug 1, 2014 of today, there are draws hanging on that 12a and a pair of those prism belay glasses things up there.... Are they yours?
By Top Rope Hero
From: Was Estes Park, now homeless
Aug 27, 2015

To back up what others are saying, as of Wed., Aug. 26, 2015, there was/is a young rattler making her nest at the base of Hip-O-Campus (first climb on the left. You climb up 15 feet, stand on a boulder, and reach up to the first bolt, right? UNDER that freestanding boulder, there's a wavy, #2 crack. Stick your hand up under there and you'll her her shake tail).

A friendly reminder: young rattlesnakes are thought to be much more venomous, because they haven't yet learned to moderate their injections. They just give it all, baby. They give it all.

My recommendation? Find another warm-up. Or else start by scrambling up WAY left to stand atop the boulder.

By Jake Web
May 24, 2017
I did not see any snakes, and YIKES if I'd have read these comments I would have been much more careful!

Finding the crag was tricky, I went to the wrong rock at first. Looking from the car, I ran up to the big rock on the right on top of the hill. Turns out the crag was left (and right seems like theres potential for development?)!

After backtracking and going further west, we found it. Good projects here. I was in shade from 6pm-8pm. Can't speak for anything earlier than that.

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