Hi John. "Bishop Rock" (PT 8260) on the Pine quad b/w Banner Peak and Cathedral Spires is a technical peak. John Kirk got this note from Roach a couple years back: "We just failed on a summit yesterday at the base of a Class 5.5 pitch on "Bishop Rock" - a ranked summit between Cathedral Spires and Banner Peak. It was one of those surprise endings. The pitch looked 5.5 or so, but was north facing, cold, and we had no gear. I'll return when it's warmer."
Ryan, thanks for the update. I knew of The Bishop/Bishop Rock, having seen references to Ellingwood's climb on it back in the 1920's. Guess I forgot about it when compiling this list; or maybe I thought there might be an easier route. Hubbel's South Platte guide seems to show a 5.5 route on one of the route topos, so that seems to fit with Roach's comment. This is another good one for the list - several toughies down there in the South Platte.
I just drove back home through the four courners area yeaterday. There is a butte/monolith out there (on the Tanner Mesa quad) called Chimney Rock, at el. 6110. It is quite an impressive sandstone "peak" that couldn't have a non-technical route to it's summit. I'll try to send a pic of it soon. it is located on the Ute Mountain Rez, so it may be off-limits to climbers; I have no idea and had not heard mention of it prior to me eyeing it yesterday. There are a few sandstone towers just noth of it along a ridge, just outside of Mesa Verde's western border, and East Toe and West Toe (on the Mariano Wash East quad) that may meet the requirements of your list as well.
Thanks...I adopted this page and noticed John added it prior so I'll keep it there!
John, let's go climb Chimney Peak/Rock near Ouray. Attm and I have been trying to get out there and do it for the last two years. Jackie and I plan to be in Ouray the first week of September. If we can find someone to dog-sit for a day, we'll try it. Come join us.
Point 6489 is 5.4 via it's easiest route. We expected it to be tougher, but climbed the peak on September 3. Still a challenge and an SP page will follow soon.
It's mostly just a scramble, with just one technical pitch.
John - Now that we've done Sheeprock, I suppose you'll have to add it to the list of technical climbs, eh? After some further research in obscure books, the easiest line (including the one we did) is 5.5.
Thanks Jeremy I added them
Easiest line is a 5.7 "crack"/feature on the north face.
Easiest line from the "launch pad"/mantle move is an exposed 5.4.
Easiest line we could find was the 5.10a/b on the NW face. There is a 5.9 that gets you to the base of the last summit block, but no passage from there.
Don't forget about Ship Rock and Creation Rock, both in Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Both are around the 5.2-5.4 mark.
Currently the list's path looks like this:
San Juan Range > Sunlight Spire > 5th Class Colorado Peaks
It seems odd to me that this list would be a child of Sunlight Spire (or San Juan Range) since the list encompasses all of CO. (I can delete this comment when changed).