In June 2007, I went on a month-long climbing adventure with my friend Ross. After climbing two days in Red Rocks (Nevada), we climbed for 2 weeks in Yosemite (California), and then stopped by Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) where we stayed with Ross’s friend Lizzy and did a few days of fun climbing.
We were in Colorado for a week. Ross climbed with Lizzy, while I hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, took photos, and climbed two rad alpine multipitch routes. The first climb I did was the South Face of the Petit Grepon (a Fifty Classic) with a cool dude from Estes Park named Steve. The second climb I did was the South Ridge of Notchtop Mountain with another cool dude from Estes Park named Mark.
The following page details the 2 fun climbs I did in RMNP, complete with lots of photos. Click on the links below to go directly to a specific climb. Or, just scroll down the page.
If I was to climb only one thing in the Park, I wanted to climb the South Face of the Petit Grepon, one of Steck and Roper’s Fifty Classics. It is a 8-pitch 5.8 route on a cool spire just 4.5 miles up from the Glacier Gorge trailhead.
(By the way, I think "Petit Grepon" is a reference to a smaller version of a spire-like mountain called Grepon in the French Alps.)
Luckily for me, Lizzy’s roommate’s friend Steve was cool enough to be willing to climb this route with a strange girl from Canada. We met up the evening of June 24 (where Steve cooked the best dinner I had had all month), and the next morning we hiking out of the Glacier Gorge trailhead at 5am. We were at the base of the climb at 7am, and after climbing at a leisurely pace and enjoying the warm weather, had finished and were back at the car by 3pm. All of the pitches were fun and the rock was great and the views were awesome. We had a great time. What a fun climb! Thanks Steve!
Below are some photos of the climb.
The Petit Grepon had been such a fun climb, that I was (a) satisfied if that was my only climb I would do in the Park and (b) definitely ready to climb again in the Park if I could. So when I got back and Steve’s friend Mark was interested in climbing the South Ridge of Notchtop Mountain the next day, I was geared to go!
Along with the Petit Grepon, Mark assured me that the South Ridge of Notchtop is one of the better climbs in the Park. This route is 6 pitches, mostly 5.7 with a crux 5.9 pitch (which I had a lot of fun leading). The climbing was great and the scenery beautiful. Mark - a mountain guide - was enjoying a non-work day in the mountains, and I was enjoying his company, stories, and knowledge. Thanks Mark for a fun climb!
Below are some photos from the climb.
I took many other non-climbing photos while I was in Rocky Mountain National Park. Click the links below to see some of these photos (searching "Rocky Mountain National Park" on each page will help locate photos taken in the Park):