CMS Guide Bernardo Beteta on One of the Best Crags in the Area: The Left Book, Lumpy Ridge

Left Book, Lumpy Ridge, Rocky Mountain National Park

Left Book, Lumpy Ridge

Lumpy Ridge has tons of amazing climbing areas for all sorts of climbing abilities, all within roughly one hour’s hiking distance from your car. There are stunning views all the way from the trailhead to the crag. The approach follows a well-marked trail along the north edge of a scenic valley, meandering through open meadows and majestic Ponderosa Pine and Aspen forests.
Trail to Lumpy Ridge
To the north you can admire the imposing granite formations that make up Lumpy Ridge; to the south, the view stretches all the way to Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker.
Longs View

One of the areas clients and I thoroughly enjoy every time is The Left Book. Here you will find a beautiful granite slab–with one classic climb after another–that offers a mix of easy to moderate face and crack climbing options. Each route is three to four pitches long, with most of the belay stances on comfortable ledges. The climbs end on a nice big ledge, and a short hike will take you back to the base of the routes. You will find routes like White Whale, Hiatus, The Dog and Manifest Destiny, incredibly fun climbs rated in the 5.6-5.7 range.

1st Pitch
Bernardo leading a high-quality slab on the Left Book.

Overall, The Left Book offers an accessible difficulty range on spectacular granite routes. It’s a guaranteed great day for the beginner and moderate climber looking for a fun multi-pitch trad climbing experience. CMS guides have long been guiding in this area; we know the routes and are excited to share them with you.
2nd Pitch 1