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Punk Rock aka Poacher's Rock

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3 Bs, The S,TR 
Blah Blah Blah S,TR 
Five Finger Discount S,TR 
Rip Off Ranger S,TR 
Seething Bitch aka Thieving Bitch S,TR 
Short Sighted TR 
Short Stop [aka Diminishing Returns] S,TR 
Short Take [aka Poached Earth] S,TR 
Stock Still and Stoic S,TR 
Tuition Dollars at Work S,TR 
Unknown Left of Rip Off Ranger S 

Punk Rock aka Poacher's Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 40.16789, -105.47848 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Joe McManus on Nov 1, 2001
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Punk Rock is a complete sport and top rope, 30' tall crag located ... between Estes Park and Boulder. The rock is sharp on the hands but very positive. In the summer, it is cooler because of its elevation (around 9000'), and in the winter, well it's cold starting in October. There are climbs from 5.8-5.11 offering fun for all. The descent/access to top rope anchors can befound by heading around back of the crag and bouldering up the crack. All of the routes are fun, but Rip Off Ranger is a blast.

This rock is basically in the center of what can be a pretty crowded, rednecky, off-roadin', gun-shootin' place. By July, sometimes there are fire and gun restrictions which drastically reduces that effect. There are rarely very many climbers here.

A. The 3 Bs, 9+, 1p, 30', bolts.
B. Seething Bitch aka Thieving Bitch, 8, 1p, 30', bolts.
C. Tuition Dollars at Work, 11, 1p, 30', bolts.
D. Short Take aka Poached Earth, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
E. Blah, Blah, Blah, 11-, 1p, 30', bolts.
F. Five Finger Discount, 9, 1p, 30', bolts.
G. Short Stop aka Diminishing Returns, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
H. Short Sighted, 6, 1p, 30', gear.
I. Unknown Left of Rip Off Ranger, 8, 1p, 30', bolts.
J. Rip Off Ranger, 9, 1p, 30', bolts.
K. Stock-Still and Stoic, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.

Getting There 

Follow the directions to the Iron Clads, park your car and walk about 5 feet to the crag.

Iron Clads- just north of the intersection of the Peak to Peak and CO Hwy 7 is Bunce School Road, follow it up to an aspen meadow on the right and two fireroads go up right to the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Punk Rock aka Poacher's Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Punk Rock aka Poacher's Rock:
Rip Off Ranger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Stock Still and Stoic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Tuition Dollars at Work   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
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By Peter Gram
From: Cupertino, CA
Aug 2, 2002
This rock is named Poacher's Rock in the [Gillett] guidebook.
By Stephan Greenway
Feb 15, 2003
In some other parts of the world, this would be a bouldering area.
By Nate Christiansen
Mar 17, 2003
I guess Punk Rock is a locals thing. That is what I was told. Oh, be careful not walk around barefoot here. The partiers like to dirty up the place from time to time with wonderfully sharp broken beer bottles!
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 21, 2003
It is sad what careless people have done to this place. I've been here over the years, but last week will be the last time.

Be ready to walk through knee-deep beer cans and broken glass in the main areas. Depending on the time of day, you will be serenaded by off road vehicles, gunfire, parties, or hung-over belching adolescents waking up after a night of parties. By 10am, these people will be occupying the routes.

This is not the outdoors, imaging a climbing gym, without a roof, run by middle-schoolers. I brought a friend up here for her first rock climbing experience, which was a horrible mistake.

By Joe Bedford
Aug 6, 2003
Punk Rock - 8/6/03 - Quite a short rock. It could very easily become a bouldering problem. The 5.10b ([Still Stock and Stoic) is probably the most worth while route on the rock. I wouldn't [recommend] using the eye bolt at the top, I was up last weekend and it has become very loose.As for the stupid teenagers that seem to think that the mountian is there trash can. They seem to stay away from the Rocks and the climbers. I always bring a trash bag for mine and any other trash that I come by (please do the same).
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 26, 2005
Here is the current line-up of routes on Punk Rock, from left to right:

1. Unknown 5.10a, 2 bolts. Climbs left arete.2. Seething Bitch aka Thieving Bitch, 5.8, 3 bolts.3. Tuition Dollars at Work, 5.11d, 4 bolts.4. Short Take aka Poached Earth, 5.10b, 3 bolts.5. Blah, Blah, Blah, 5.11a, 3 brown bolts. Starts by pine tree.6. Five Finger Discount, 5.9, 3 bolts. Starts by aspen tree.7. Short Stop aka Diminishing Returns, 5.10c, 3 bolts. Climbs [an overlap].8. Short Sighted, 5.6, no bolts. Just left of notch.9. Unknown 5.8, 3 bolts. 2-bolt lowering anchor. Just right of notch.10. Rip Off Ranger, 5.9, 3 bolts.11. Stock-Still and Stoic, 5.10b, 3 bolts. On right side of rock.
By Anonymous Coward
Sep 3, 2005
This outcropping was a bouldering area, it should have stayed that way!!! It is one thing to turn a trad area into a sport area but you have got to be delusional to turn a bouldering route into a sport climb.
By desbien
From: seattle,wa
May 29, 2007
This place is awful. The directions are terrible. Take the main road, BUNCE (unmarked) until the rail and buck fence surrounding the aspen grove. Go right on the first of two roads. Don't expect anything worth the trip unless you're already in the area. Really bad climbs.
By Matt Richardson
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 23, 2007
This place is a toilet. I am not certain why this was ever bolted and I am not sure what people are "bouldering" - seems like most of the rock is fairly easy. In addition to the climbs being short and mediocre, someone did an absolutely horrible job bolting the anchors. On the other hand, this area is a good place to go if you have a small child. However, Mount Boner is about 100' to the left and offers longer, better quality climbs (such as Smack the Cold Booty).
By Jeremy Fields
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 17, 2011
This area is still a toilet. There's glass absolutely everywhere. The day we went, another party reported finding glass in some of the holds. I would not recommend this as an area to take kids. There's definitely better climbing and ambiance at other nearby crags.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jul 18, 2011
I remember my first trip to this area about 8 years ago. There was a big party in the area the previous night. A guy was running around in a pair of red boxers yelling "Spank me, Spank me, ...".
By MikeH
Aug 9, 2017
Despite some of the negative reviews, you can still have a relaxing day here when it's peaceful. Biggest negative was the bits of broken glass. 15 min with an iron rake and a lighter rake could clean up the main belay spots. The rock is fun, very textured, not annoying and slippery like some granite in other spots in RMNP. Not a good place to take a beginner, because many tend to step on the rope. If that happens here, it could grind glass into your rope. As long as you don't step on it, you can manage fine.

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