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Likely due to the fact that just up the valley one finds classic climbing on the Cathedral Wall and Cathedral Spires, this large 1200 foot North face feature has seen very little documented activity by rock climbers (two high end mixed routes have been done in the winter). The wall is characterized by two distinct rock types separated by a large ledge system at 450 feet. Below the ledge system is super high quality, slabby granite marked by sparse crack systems and seams. This stone reminded me of the granite I enjoyed on a recent Sierra trip, albeit less splitter and much lower angle. Above the ledge system, the stone turns into your typical Hallett flavor of gneiss. While the lower granite face consists of gear protected slab climbing, the upper portion of the wall gets steeper, is highly featured (like Hallett), and has several intermittent crack systems. The majority of the rock climbing up here will be on the more moderate side of things.

Portions of the wall seep throughout the summer, but for having seen little to no action from climbers, the rock is remarkably clean on both the upper and lower sections of the face. Although identified here simply as the "North Face", it actually has more of a Northwest aspect and sees sun hit the lower slabs around noon in late August.

Getting There 

In late summer after the waters have begun to recede, head around on the trail to the west side of the Loch and cross the creek in any number of spots. Head straight up the short talus slope to the obvious wall with a large ledge at 450 feet and right of the two distinct gully systems (Deep Freeze and Necrophilia). Early season when waters are high, you may want to consider crossing at the outlet/east side of the Loch and walking along the talus above the south shore.

Climbing Season

For the RMNP - Rock area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

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Raise the Roof 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : North Face
This route is shockingly clean for having never seen traffic (that we know of). Josh and I finished up high grinning ear to ear for having stumbled onto so much good, clean climbing. The route clocks in at approximately 1150 feet and has two distinctly different flavors of climbing. Due to incoming weather, for the last 3 pitches we simul-climbed to the ridge left of obvious terrain that would continue at a moderate but more consistent level of climbing to a higher exit. Like Hallett, there are...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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