Lumpy Ridge is awesome, the climbs are moderately long, two to five pitches on average, and take place in a spectacular setting with views of Longs Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park. The climbing is endless and are spread out on a number of unique granite formations. The pitches tend to be full length and take place on highly technical granite that requires solid footwork. From classic beginner routes (5.5-5.8) to more challenging (5.9-5.12) Lumpy Ridge has something for everyone. Listed below is a list of some of our favorite climbs. If you have a group larger than 2 people or you would like to climb something other than what is listed here, please contact us and we would be happy to accommodate.
All Multi-Pitch Trips Include
Trained and/or certified guide, Climbing gear, Ropes, Harness, Helmet, Rock shoes.
*We have a limited use technical guide permit for Rocky Mountain National Park, so trips are limited. Reserve a trip today before we run out of spots. Choose from the Classic Climbs listed below or if you have another climb in mind, give us a call and lets plan an adventure today!
BATMAN PINNACLE AREA
Climbs in this area are the closest to the trailhead and have big bang for your buck. The pinnacle is like a miniature Petit Grepon with exciting airy moves to a narrow summit. This is a great introduction to multi pitch climbing and we hope this will get you excited to try some bigger climbs with us in the future. Expect about 45 minutes of hiking before starting the climb and spending around 5-6 hours car to car.
Price: 1 person – $299 / 2 people – $399 / 3+ people, email us!
Batman and Robin (5.6)
Batman and Robin is one of Lumpy Ridges most accessible and classic moderate climbs. This massive 600’ tower of granite offers a little bit of face climbing, a little bit of crack climbing and stunning views into the Rocky Mountain National Park and the majestic Longs Peak from atop a large flat pinnacle with nothing harder than 5.6 climbing! This route is suitable for all climbers who are willing to put in the hiking and climbing effort. Usually done in about 6 hours from car to car, there is a 1.5-mile approach hike, 600’ of sustained 5.6 climbing, a photogenic scene from the peak of the pinnacle and a well deserved lunch provided back at the base of the climb!
Area Information: Batman Pinnacle
THE BOOK AREA
This area has the highest concentration of routes and classic moderate climbs at Lumpy Ridge. There are many long, striking crack and dihedral lines gracing the complex cliff, which rises to heights of over 600′. Expect about 1-2 hours of hiking, depending on which route we select, and spending around 6-9 hours car to car.
Price: 1 person – $349 / 2 people – $499 / 3+ people, email us!
White Whale (5.7)
White Whale is another of Lumpy Ridges many, many classic climbs. A featured slab with a small roof traverse leads to a wonderful seated belay underneath the 5.7 hand crack above, the money pitch! Conquering this long, featured hand crack leads to another comfortable belay before continuing up easier terrain onto a flat view point into the Rockies with an easy walk-off decent. Good footwork makes this climb casual and non-strenuous.
Area Information: Left Book
Magical Chrome Plated Semi-Automatic Enema Syringe (5.7)
Truly odd name, truly great climb. One can walk off after the second pitch or summit the dome. Mostly moderate slab climbing with a few harder moves passing roofs.
Area Information: The Pear
Much harder and more strenuous than White Whale. The first pitch chimney (rated 5.6) makes you earn the wonderful crux—twin finger cracks through a bulge.
Area Information: The Book
Pear Buttress (5.8)
Pear Buttress has it all. Face climbing, crack climbing, comfortable belays, traverses, a large 5.7 roof finish, all this plus it gets you close to one of the highest points on Lumpy Ridge! This point allows clarity of many prominent features in the part, “The Diamond”, a very daunting wall at 13,000’ on Longs Peak becomes visible and a clear understanding of how it gets its name becomes clear. Very popular and for good reason, many will tell you that it is unquestionably the best route on all of Lumpy Ridge. If you can climb 5.8, put this on your tick list, you will not be disappointed!
Area Information: The Book
If you’re looking for a long, sustained moderate route, Backflip should be a consideration. Most of the climbing in these 4 or 5 pitches is 5.8 or 5.9 climbing. Thin dihedrals, lie-backs, an under-cling traverse and dispersed finger cracks are some of the main features of this route. The wandering nature of this route and pure exposure gives you a true sensation of what adventure climbing encapsulates and doesn’t end at the top! Let’s begin navigating the descent together by rappelling off of a massive tree and wandering down a labyrinth of rock.
Area Information: Bookmark
One of the most sought after climbs at Lumpy Ridge – a must-do crack climb with a friction crux on the third pitch.
Area Information: The Book
SUNDANCE BUTTRESS AREA
Sundance Buttress is what we like to call “sub-alpine” and great training for advancing into alpine routes in the park. It is the furthest and tallest formation at Lumpy Ridge with classics of all grades and types of climbing. Climbing here is a more strenuous day. Expect about 1.5 – 2 hours of hiking before starting the climb and spending 8-12 hours car to car.
Price: 1 person – $399 / 2 people – $549 / 3+ people, email us!
Kor’s Flake (5.9)
A moderate classic on the largest cliff in the sub-alpine. Kor’s offers diverse climbing and frightening exposure. The fourth pitch is superb.
A fantastic route, with crux moves involving a wide stem off opposing corners. It’s another route featuring diverse climbing—from thin edges, to fingers, to hand and fist jams – a spectacular rock climb.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR ROCK CLIMBING OR HIKING?
– Headlamp/Flashlight (Not required on most trips)
– Sunscreen/Lip Balm (Especially at high altitude sun exposure)
– Brimmed Hat and/or Warm Hat
– Hiking boots
– Hiking poles (optional)
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain Jacket or Poncho
– A small day pack to carry these items
– Water (Stay hydrated, better to much than to little!)
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please feel free to ask any questions! We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting, synthetic clothing. NO COTTON! Mountain weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, sun, and cold weather. Do not hike in a brand-new pair of boots, be sure to break them in first by wearing them around town for at least a full day.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
Food is important for both half and full day trips. A light snack for half days and a nutritious lunch for full days. Water is the most important item of all. On trips longer than 4 hours long, we will supply lunch, so please reach out to us if you have any dietary restrictions!
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Rock climbing in the rain isn’t much fun, we know this. If we get rained out halfway through we will charge for only half of the day. Thunderstorms will shut us down immediately as well, no getting struck by lightning under our watch!
A hike will not necessarily be cancelled for rain (Afternoon thundershowers commonly pass quickly), but we will not go above treeline if storms are in the area. Any hikes going above treeline may have to turn back due to weather. If the weather looks so bad that we decide that we should cancel the trip you are entitled to a full refund.
If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund. We cannot refund within 24 hours or for no shows the day of the trip. If weather is bad and we have to cancel, you will receive a full refund. We will pro-rate an outing for the time you were not able to hike.
Our guides are professional, out-going and experienced. All our guides are CPR and First Aid certified. Guides are compensated for their time but happily accept gratuities for exceptional service.