Peak(s):  Greyrock - 7,613 feet
Date Posted:  10/05/2010
Date Climbed:   09/25/2010
Author:  JohnWilliams
 Greyrock, Barfy's Favorite (5.7)  

Route:Barfy's Favorite (5.7+) with variation
Players:Joe, John (Johnba)

The upper part of our route

Greyrock is a staple peak in Larimer County. This huge granite formation towers 500 feet above the meadow below, offering nearly 100 established routes of all grades. About two and a half miles of hiking brings you to the rock itself. The southeast section of the rock offers routes from 5.4 to the 5.11 range, most being around 5.7 to 5.9. If you're looking for great moderate routes with a slight approch, this is your spot.

Joe and I had bailed on an attempted of this route a few months prior. Rain caused us to rap off from our second belay station before we could finish. Some of these photos are from the fist attempt.

So with the hour and a half approach we geared up and hit the rock around 11 am. The first move to enter the crack was one of the hardest moves all day. Fun crack, fairly steep (5.7). Joe led P1.

Joe at the start of P1.

Joe about 15 feet up P1

Joe about 30 feet up P1

I followed up to the belay station set at a small tree/bush.

Looking down P1.

Not wanting to follow our previous attempts route we jogged right (east) and headed up small cracks at low angle (5.6). I led P2

John about to start P2

John setting pro on P2

John on P2

I set an anchor on a small ledge and brought up Joe.
We swapped gear and Joe started up our next route. We were off Barfy's Favorite by now and were heading into unknown territory.

looking up from second belay station. route switches fom crack to crack.

Joe half way up P3. Joe went left towards small tree for the next belay

The plan was to belay at whatever we could find. But, as Joe progressed he found poor placements and sections of run out. With no spot for an ample belay, Joe continued up over some of the tougher terrain of the day with sparse gear placements. Eventually he found a ledge, set up anchor and waited for me. Pitch 3 offered some of the best and toughest moves of the day.

Joe on the last moves. P4

One more small pitch with easy slab climbing led to the top. Descended via the trail and walked out. Very cool climb and rewarding as usual. REVENGE WAS OURS!
Thanks Greyrock!

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 Comments or Questions
Ridge runner

sweet revenge
02/01/2011 00:24
You went back and got it! Perhaps a route worth skipping class for?


Aren't they all?
06/02/2011 14:57
Nice climb. Looking forward to getting doing some of these routes. But.... aren't all those routes worth skipping class for? Thanks for sharing the report! To me... Encouraging.


love that area
10/06/2010 16:21
Just another reason to live in Ft.Fun. Nothing like a day out in the Poudre, playing around in the Greyrock region, grabbing a pint at Coopersmith's, playing a couple rounds of ping-pong and getting a sweet pork enchilada at Mexicali Cafe along with a marg at the Rio.


skip class?
05/09/2011 17:48


My girl...
10/07/2010 04:11
...who is from Ft. Fun introduced me to some of the treasures in that town, including the trail to the top of Greyrock. Great area - great rock. I don't (yet) rock climb, but reports like this get me closer and closer to trying. Thanks.


Great spot to learn Trad
05/09/2011 17:48
Kimo, this spot rules for nice safe trad climbing. The low angle makes the exposure less of an issue. nice clean rock too. get up there!

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