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The Rook

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East Face T,TR 
North Arete (unknown proper name) T,TR 

The Rook Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jul 30, 2006

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The North arete is the obvious fin on the right si...


This peak has at least 2 possible routes on it, but I don't know any history of them. The Rook lies just uphill of the billboard/kiosk of the entry to the Cathedral Spires trail, looming perhaps 70 feet overhead. The routes on it got afternoon shade.
Belay from a cord over the large rounded summit and descend via a simul-rap.

Getting There 

Walk 10 or 20 meters in on the Cathedral Spires Trail and look uphill to your left. There it is.

Climbing Season

For the Tenpins/Switchbacks area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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