We left Los Alamos on Sturday morning and drove to RMNP. Turns out it was a free weekend at the park and all the camping areas in the park and in Estes Park were full. We ended up finding some camping in the National Forest near the Longs Peak Trailhead.
On Sunday we drove over to Lumpy Ridge. On the way we had some nice views of Longs Peak.
This is the Flying Buttress on Mt. Meeker, a climb that we were thinking about doing.
The new trailhead for Lumpy Ridge. This adds about 0.6 miles to the hike as compared to the old trailhead.
Nice trail to the climbing.
Roger heading towards Sundace Buttress. We were heading to a climb called Grapevine (5.8+).
Looking up Grapevine from the base of the climb. There were two climbers at the top of the first pitch when we got there, but for some reason the bailed off the climb.
The second pitch goes up the chimney above the two climbers.
Looking up at the first pitch which I lead.
Roger climbing up the first pitch.
Roger lead the second pitch which went up this arkward chimney.
Top of the second pitch.
Roger coming up the third pitch.
Roger at the top of the 5th pitch.
I think that this is the last pitch.
View from the climb.
Roger on top.
Enjoying a sucessful climb.
Looking down at Estes Park.
Beginning the descent off Sundance Buttress. The descent goes to the saddle and then there is a couple of rappels off to the left.
There was some tricky downclimbing to get to the rappel.
More of Lumpy Ridge durng the hike out.
On Monday we decided to climb the Culp-Bossier Route (5.8) on Hallett Peak. The approach trails are well maintained.
The trail passes by several lakes.
There was awesome morning light. That is Hallett Peak in the background.
It was hard not to take a ton of pictures.
Emerald Lake with Hallett Peak. The good trail ended here and we took a climbers trail to the base of the climb.
The climb is on the right side of the wall.
Roger hiking through the talus field.
The climb starts on the very right side of this photo and goes over to and up the right facing corner. The moves back right above the roof.
Looking up the beginning of the climb.
Roger climbing the first pitch.
Looking up the second pitch.
Roger coming up Pitch 5 (?).
Roger's next lead.
Top of Culp-Bossier.
Looking down the valley we hiked up. You can see the parking area just past the third lake.
The descent goes along this ridge for a bit then there is a rappel to the left.
After the rappel, the descent works down these ledges.
Almost back to the base of the climb.
There was a brief rain storm this day. But by the time I got my rain jacket out, it stopped.
On Tuesday we went back to Lumpy Ridge. The clouds were hanging low this morning.
We headed to climb called Back Flip. It is located on the Bookmark, which is shown in this picture.
The book area.
The climb goes to the roof seen in the middle of this photo. Then cuts right under the roof.
Longs Peak was surrounds by clouds this morning also. We were glad we did Halletts Peak yesterday.
You can see most of the climb from this picture.
Laybacking to start.
Looking down the awesome corner system.
Roger starting up the second pitch. It starts up a nice corner with awesome lay backing.
The route goes up to a roof and then traverses right.
The crux headwall of the route.
On Wednesday we climbed up Magical Chrome Plated Semi-Automatic Enema Syringe on the Pear.
Closer view of the Pear.
View from the first belay ledge.
Roger at the top of the second pitch.
At the bottom of the rappel off of the Pear was this nice 5.9 crack called Jam It On.
Roger on his way up. We got rained on after climbing this route and had to call it a day. I did manage to get in a nice 8 mile run after we left Lumpy Ridge.
Base camp for the week at Glacier Basin Campground in the Park.
Nice views of Longs Peak from the campground.
And Halletts also.
On Thursday we took a rest day and toured the park. Driving up the Old Fall River Road towards the Alpine Vistors Center.
Sweet old car.
Awesome views along this drive.
On Thrusday we moved our camp to some primative camping near the Longs Peak Trail head so that we would be in better position for out climb of Mt. Meeker on Friday.
Awesome camp area.
We started hiking at 4am and were above tree line by the time the sky started to get color.
Morning light on the Diamond
The Flying Buttress was our destination. The climb goes basically up the face of the thin buttress seen in the center of the photo.
Close up in the morning light.
The route is 5 pitches and gets out to the top of the first high point (on the left)
Close up of the route.
Start of pitch 1. I went up the right side of the buttress up this easy chimney to a long slanting corner system.
Roger on the second pitch. It started with a short 5.10 crack/face move then went up the face of the buttress on easier terrain.
View of the crux part of the pitch.
Pitch three was really nice. It went up the cracks to the middle of the overhang. Then directly over the overhand and then up the face and easier terrian.
Making the moves through the overhang got me breathing hard. Awesome exposure and great holds.
Pitch 4 traversed along the rigth side up the buttress then went up to a good belay ledge.
Top of the climb.
Lumpy Ridge looks so small from up here.
Top of the Diamond.
There is an optional last pitch is one wants to go to the summit of Mt. Meeker. Although this would make for a much longer descent.
We gained some ledges and worked out way down on the right side of the buttress.
1st and 2nd pitches.
2nd pitch in profile.
3rd pitch in profile.
Back at the car after an 11 hour day. What a nice climb to finish up a great climbing trip. Thanks Roger!