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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Cathedral Spires

Last weekend (Aug. 3oth and 31st) Trevor and I combined two things we love to do: riding motorcycles and climbing.  Forty-five minutes from the house, via Hwy 67, we road our bikes to Cathedral Spires.  The Cathedral Spires are host to a majestic collection of outstanding rock features.   Out of these beautiful formations, we climbed Cynical Pinnacle via the Center Route (touted as the best 5.9 in the state) and Block Tower via Hurt Dance.  Cynical Pinnacle is probably the most popular of the crags in the Cathedral Spires of the South Platte.  It's prominent south-facing prow attracts the eyes for miles, and holds Tommy Caldwell's tick (Wunsch's Dihedral via the Breasher's Finger Crack) in "Fifty Favorite Climbs of North America."  What holds even more beauty, is climbing at Cathedral and looking over at the South Platte river split the valley below.  


Cynical Pinnacle with Wunsch's Dihedral in the corner

Poe Buttress Spires in the shadow of the sun

My shadow over looking the west face of Cynical Pinnacle 

Trevor sun bathing on the 4th pitch of Hurt Dance