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Ascent of Monitor Rock on 2013-10-02

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monitor Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10466 ft / 3190 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a long day of class I was hanging out at my house when my friend Madison came over looking for something to do. It was late but we decided that if we left shortly we could climb The Nose on Monitor Rock before the sun went down. So we geared up at were at the base of the climb at about 6pm. I lead every pitch and rarely put gear in as we were racing the sunlight and I felt very comfortable climbing with little protection on the easy terrain. I belayed Madison up by building anchors but also used a lot of hip belays on the very easy climbing, I also used one really big tree as a terrain belay. Eventually it got too dark for me to focus on placing gear anyways so I just free soloed up the last couple of pitches and belayed Madison up. When we got to the summit we just sat in the pitch black and looked at the stars. It was beautiful. Shortly after we took out the headlamp that I brought and carefully descended the gully back down to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Route:The Nose
Descent Statistics



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