Our first climb of the trip was head to Stripe Rock to climb a three-pitch bolted face route, Cruel Shoes, 5.7. Stripe Rock is the major dome just right of Allison. I had been hoping to climb this route on my previous two visits but both times the rock was closed for raptor nesting. It was open this time.
Stripe Rock. The major dike line goes at 5.7 a la “Snake Dike” on half dome. The route we went to climb ascends the steeper face to the right of the dike.
Looking up “Cruel Shoes” from the start.
I led the first pitch and Allison would lead the second pitch. This is Allison following P1.
Allison leading P2
Rose leading P1
Allison on top of Stripe Rock with much of the city seen in the background
Slash Rock. We climbed a fun but gritty 5.9 crack line on that guy
Stripe Rock summit
Rose, on top, belaying Chris up the last pitch of Cruel Shoes on Stripe Rock
The Cyclops (right) with Stripe Rock in the background
Big ass pack rat hanging out in a crack on The Cyclops
Allison heading up “Under Toucan's Nose”, 5.11a, The Cyclops (a.k.a. Meadow Muffin)
My turn up “Under Toucan's Nose”
We climbed a fun 5.10b here at Bucketland called “Bucketland”. The route followed the obvious crack through the strenous roof to easier, juggy terrain above.
Climbing “Conceptual Reality”, 5.9, on The Gallstone
A fabulous crack line, “Bloody Fingers”, 5.10a, on the Super Hits wall
Allison rapping down Elephant Rock after our climb of “Wheat Thin”, 5.7
Poseur boldering on Window Arch near site 37
Fun 5.5 scrambling on “The Easy Way Up” on Bath Rock's east side
No trip to CoR is complete without a gigantic steak dinner and homemade pie at the Outpost in Almo
Winding down at the Durfee Hot Springs Wednesday night with a great sunset. It used to be there was no fence around the pools but "the man" made them put it up for safety reasons.
Thursday we went out to nearby Castle Rocks State Park. The climbing here is more “modern” with safer routes and many more truly sport routes
This is the Comp Wall, site of the controversial 1989 climbing competition that employed “sculpted holds” and even a few bolted-on holds. The amazing clean dihedral unfortunately does not have a crack in the corner so it doesn't go with removable pro. Needs some bolts!
We went for the uber-safe 19-bolts-in-85-feet sport route “Mantle Dynamics”, 5.10a, first. It follows the featured arete on the left starting with a super fun mantle move onto a gigantic chicken head
Allison standing on top of said gigantic chicken head. From here it was fun climbing clipping “more bolts than a small-town hardware store.”
We climbed “Continental Crust”, 5.10a, right next to “Mantle Dynamics”. Really enjoyable climbing.
Rose on her first 5.10 lead on “Mantle Dynamics”
Rose on “Mantle Dynamics”
Tiny Town Pillar. A fun 5.10a patina face route using horizontal cracks for pro goes up the face
Rose leading up P1 of “Zinger”, 5.8, in the Hostess Gully of Castle Rock proper
Rose and Chris on “Zinger”
Chris starting up the super classic “Rye Crisp” flake, 5.8, on a post-dinner outing
Big gear behind the dubious-sounding flake protects the killer laybacking moves
Rose following in her super style leg warmers
If “Rye Crisp” is a classic city flake, this route, “Animal Cracker”, 5.10a, is the super classic city flake route
For our final day of climbing, day 5, we opted for something mellow and fun--“Sinocranium”, 5.8, on Steinfell's Dome. The route more or less climbs the right skyline of the dome for five well-bolted pitches with one steep 5.8 pitch
Allison way up on P1
Allison at the top of P3
On the steep, 5.8 headwall pitch of “Sinocranium”. Really nice and featured quartzite offered great holds
On the summit of Steinfell's Dome
Sunrise at the city