Greyrock
So, after a long rainy weekend in Boulder, we get up late Monday morning, and it looks pretty nice out. We decided to drive up to Ft. Collins and check out a place called Greyrock. It sounds very cool in all of the guidebooks we have, and it seemed like a fun place to climb. The approach, which we didn't manage to start intil well into afternoon, was described as "a stiff hours hike." It was definitely stiff, although it took us substantially longer than an hour. But, we persevered, and finally made it to the bottom of our climb. The route we chose is called Alvin, named after one of The Chipmunks. It's a very fun, five pitch 5.6 that follows up the right side of the rock dome in the picture below.
Pictures of the approach hike
We made it up the route in good time, and relaxed on the top for a while.
We then ended up messing up the descent and getting really lost. We finally bush-whacked back to the base of the route. We made it back to our packs right when it became totally dark. Good thing we'd brought headlamps! After a couple more hours hiking in the dark, we made it safely back to the truck.

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