(LIST OF CLIMBS + 1 "TRIP REPORT")
Category: Colorado
Elev: ~6700 ft
Rock Type: Granite
 
2020
 

COMBAT ROCK Climbing


Combat Rock is a south-facing 250-foot wall of granite located between Loveland and Estes Park just outside Big Thompson Canyon. The short approach, lower elevation, and southern exposure  make Combat Rock a great winter crag. Most of the routes are one- or two-pitch. The high quality granite has an assortment of discontinuous cracks, incut edges, friction slabs, and roofs. Due to the nature of the rock, most routes are supplemented with protection bolts, although since many of the routes were bolted on lead, bolts are somewhat spaced at times. The climbing is techy and engaging. 

Combat Rock.

The first time I climbed at Combat Rock was in March 2020. 

Since I'm sure I'll climb again at this area, I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip report from the first day I climbed here (made to establish this page on my website), and below that I have photos from subsequent random days of cragging at Combat Rock.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done at Combat Rock
2020 trip report (1st trip to Combat Rock: 1 day of cragging)
MAR
7
2020

  TR #: 397
Other random photos from cragging at Combat Rock



(Still quite small)List of climbs I've done at Combat Rock

(Alphabetical order)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY
AREA
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Camouflage 5.9-, 2p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
Diagonal 5.9, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
Front Lines Pitch 1 (w/ variation right at top) 5.10d, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
G.I. Joe 5.9+, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
Lizzard Warrior 5.10d, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
Lober Route 5.9, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
Nuclear Polka 5.10a, 2p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020
New route (just right of Pitch 2 of Camouflage) 5.10a, 1p Combat Rock Mar 7, 2020

Photos

FIRST TRIP TO COMBAT ROCK
MARCH 7, 2020
w/ Nate Arganbright
This was my first day climbing at Combat Rock. As an Estes Park local, Nate had climbed most of the routes there several times. I was quite impressed with the quality of not only the rock but also the quality of the movement. No wonder Nate keeps coming back here. I'll be back again for more in the future!

1. Nate starting up Pitch 1 of Camouflage.

2. Splitter on Pitch 2 of Camouflage.

3. Front Lines Pitch 1 with variation right at top.

4. Nuclear Polka climbs the obvious corner.
5. Looking down corner from belay at top of Pitch 1 of Nuclear Polka.
6. Fun in the sun on Pitch 2 of Nuclear Polka.

7. You can see this Pitch 2 splitter on Nuclear Polka from the road. But since you cannot see it from the belay at the top of Pitch 1, I don't think most people climb this second pitch.
8. Anchor at top of G.I. Joe.

9. Anchor at top of Lober Route.
10. Looking down while leading Diagonal, one of the most obvious trad lines at Combat.
11. Nate starting up Diagonal.
12. Combat Rock in the afternoon sun. Lots of great features.