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Thatchtop Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,200'
Location: 40.28841, -105.65725 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: ABaxter on Aug 28, 2015
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Thatchtop is a large peak with a nondescript summit in RMNP and is home to several of the Park's classic mixed and ice routes. Most of the features on the peak do not lend themselves to high quality rock climbing. However, above the Loch there are a handful of features with established rock climbs and good, moderately steep stone. A few single pitch routes can be found at the Lakeside Wall (found in the Gillett and Rossiter RMNP books) and make for a good alternative if committing to something bigger further up canyon becomes unsavory due to weather or otherwise.

There is another large wall on its North Face, just above the Loch and climbers right of the Deep Freeze gully and Necrophilia. This big face is home to the ephemeral mixed routes Broken Axes and Upper Wall, clocks in at about 1200 feet tall, and is broken up by a large ledge system at the 450 foot mark.

Getting There 

Park at Glacier Gorge or, if the parking lot is full, Bear Lake. For the North-facing aspect, follow the signs to the Loch. For the Lakeside Wall, head around the outlet of the Loch and find a way across. For the North Face, head around to the west side of the lake and cross the stream shortly after passing the lake and head up the short talus slope. In the early season, the west side access is likely to be pretty exciting due to high waters. Access was super easy in late August for the North Face. For South-facing aspects (All Mixed Up zone), head towards Mill's Lake.

Climbing Season

For the RMNP - Rock area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lower half of route.

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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