The classic view of Pikes and North Gateway Rock from Garden of the Gods visitor center.
Grey Rock from the visitor center. The trad route we took is New Era (5.7), just left of the prominent fin on the south end of the formation.
Grey Rock, Montezuma Tower, and South Gateway Rock with Cameron Cone and Pikes in the background.
Looking up at the first pitch of New Era. The crux is the crack in top center.
Route topo of the first two pitches courtesy of Adam McFarren.
Adam on the first pitch.
Me in the layback crack before finding an easier line on the face. Pic by Adam McFarren.
Looking down from the airy alcove at the top of the second pitch.
View down the east face from the notch at the end of the technical climbing.
Adam enjoys the final scramble to the summit.
Looking north to the north summit of Grey Rock and on to South and North Gateway Rocks.
Keyhole Rock from the top. I've been to the south summit, just need to return to complete the traverse to the highpoint.
The Three Graces and Montezuma Tower from Grey Rock. These are pretty sweet climbs.
Adam enjoys the airy perch on the summit.
We descended the south ridge, which is an exciting 4th class scramble with maybe one 5.0 move traversing from one gully to another.
Adam descending the south ridge.
A nice inset gully worked nicely.
Adam on the fin of the ridge with Keyhole Rock, Cameron Cone, and Pikes in the background.
Looking back at our descent route down the south ridge of Grey Rock. Yep, there's a mostly 4th class line up there!