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9 to 5 S 
Agent Orange S 
Apple Bites Back, The S 
Apple Jam T,S 
Armistice (AKA The Armisist) S 
Awakenings S 
Big Froggy  S 
Bitten by a Manpris S 
Cactus Carrie S 
Cactus Drop S 
Cattle Prod S 
Cumulocrimpus S 
Curious George S 
Dead Tree Crack S 
Dough Boys S 
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam S 
Dune, The S 
Energizer S 
Enterprise S 
Farts of Horsemen S 
Gotham City S 
Grand Cru S 
Hide n' Seek S 
High Pockets S 
Holy Sheath S 
It Takes a Village S 
It's Miller Time S 
Jelly Bellies S 
Jump for Cholla T,S 
Knot Head S 
Lime and Punishment S 
Limestone Lady S 
Liquid Pork S 
List, The S 
Little Mecca S 
Little Red Badge of Courage S 
Metropolis S 
Monster Man S 
New Route (a.k.a. Black Rib) S 
No Place for a Gentleman  S 
No Place For a Lady S 
No Tomorrow S 
Not So Killer Bees S 
Opportunist, The S 
Pesko Sour S 
Phase Dance S 
Pocket Laureate S 
Porkus Non Grata S 
Primal Urge S 
Regroovable S 
Renaissance S 
River of Rabbits S 
Rodao S 
Shithouse Traverse 
Short Slaughter S 
Silverado S 
Single Gun Theory S 
Slamdance Cosmopolis S 
Slipper Queen S 
Spike aka BR 1 S 
Spinney Dan S 
Suburbia S 
Taos Hum S 
Time Square S 
Tinsel Town aka BR 2? S 
Tortuga S 
Trick-or-Treat TR 
Truancy S 
Turbo Road S 
Vail Athletic Club S 
You Snooze, You Lose S 
Zia S 
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Description 

East facing side of Sand Gulch with a variety of decent and classic routes. Classics include (but not limited to) Suburbia 10c, Spinney Dan 10c, Little Mecca 12a/b, Regrooveable 11b, Cactus Drop 10d, You Snooze you Lose 11b/c. Morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There 

Approach via trail from the Sand Gulch Campground. Branches left from the dry wash up short and steeply to the south end of this east facing wall. Another trail crosses from the north end of Freeform Wall down into the wash and back up to the north end of Contest Wall.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.9 miles from here

72 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',7],['5.10',22],['5.11',33],['5.12',8],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Contest Wall:
The Opportunist   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Enterprise   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Dune   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 82'   
Suburbia   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Spinney Dan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Porkus Non Grata   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Cactus Drop   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
High Pockets   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Silverado   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Regroovable   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Limestone Lady   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Trick-or-Treat   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 130'   
Single Gun Theory   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
The Apple Bites Back   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Metropolis   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Turbo Road   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Phase Dance   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Little Mecca   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Contest Wall
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Silverado 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CO : Shelf Road : ... : Contest Wall
Like "Regroovable," the best seemed to wait 'lill last when it comes to stellar moderate 11s on the Contest Wall. Just past Little Mecca sits a trio of routes marked by all home-boy hangers. Silverado is the middle and by far the best of the 3 and sports hangers that have to be read to be believed! Burma Shave ads for climbers (if any of you still remember those) and the climbing is even better ! Very continous, technical, and pumpy this route packs in a huge varity of climbing with...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes left of Knot Head (5.9) - they were not in our guide. Please send me a message if you know (& I'll remove the pic).
Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes l...
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground

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By Rex Mammel
Oct 6, 2003
There have been many changes made to the routes on this cliff. For example, bolts changed from homemade to modern, bolts added, new starts added, anchors changed and trees removed. Always count the bolts to verify actual number; or just carry a few extra, many routes have three added bolts if they were runout before. You can also look for route names and grades written on the rock at the start of many new routes.

Any guidebook you have will be very out of date.
By Jason Velocity
May 7, 2004
"route names and grades written on the rock" - are you insane?
By Nate Oakes
May 17, 2006
I was just at the Contest Wall last month, and I found the new guidebook by Fred Knapp/Rick Thompson/Rich Aschert to be quite helpful and accurate. It's called Shelf Road Rock, put out by Sharp End Publishing, should be easy to find.
By Mstoltzfus
Nov 10, 2009
We were at Contest Wall this weekend, and there seemed to be lots of activity, including new bolting. Any information about new routes since the Knapp/Thompson/Aschert guide?