Yep, that's Lumpy Ridge overlooking the north side of the town of Estes Park. The ridge is located within Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park. Our formation, the Book, is at far left here.
Telephoto from same spot as before. That's the Twin Owl buttress to left of center.
Setting off from the Trailhead.
Excellent web resource here on climbing at Lumpy:
Actually, we'll be climbing around the left side of the Bookmark, rather than on the Book.
It's close to an hour's hike to our climb.
Meeker on left and Longs Pk on the right. [Telephoto]
Yep - a pretty overcast, somewhat threatening day.
Good trail and pretty well signed. We're heading to The Book area.
Not certain, but I think we'll be heading up the middle of this section - Bookend on the left.
Some climbers setting up below us on an adjacent route.
I think this shows the White Whale - a classic 5.7 crack climb.
The climber is above the crack. [You can enlarge the photo!]
OK - at the base of our route: Zingando, 5.6.
Brett is becoming the serious crack climber!
I led the first pitch and am now sitting anchored at the top of it.
View over to climbers on opposite wall.
Telephoto of last shot.
A guide, Eli, who has two clients, anchored near me on an adjacent route.
OK, Brett cleaning the first pitch - here retrieving my last piece, a sling over a small horn.
Sorting the rack for his lead of 2nd pitch.
Cracks & cams are like ice cream & cake!
A pretty gutsy lead.
Perfect crack for lay-backing.
Time now for me to second the pitch.
I'm enroute, Brett's white helmet showing up above.
The guide was often quite close.
Bringing up one of his clients. Note climbers on pinnacle in back.
All right - I made it up the 2nd pitch.
Awesome lead by Brett.
I led this fairly short lay-back section up to the walk-off place, where the guys above are.
At the top of our route now - also the top for the guys on the adjacent route.
Happy to be on top!
The guide-dude, Eli, on the left.
Sometimes steep, but a fairly easy walk-off ramp.
We only did this one climb, as we were getting intermittent rain on our descent.