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Drive In Wall

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A-Wall T,TR 
Bride of Nemesis TR 
Lefty and Poncho T,TR 
Nemesis TR 
Slot Machine T,TR 
Spinal Tap T,TR 
Stairway to Heaven T,TR 
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Drive In Wall  

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Location: 42.614, -91.5625 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ash Burton on Nov 2, 2010
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The Drive In Wall is the obvious cliff just off of the main road through the park. The wall is around 70' tall featuring a wide range of grades from 5.7 to 5.11. Some routes are top rope only but a couple of the cracks can be led on gear. Remember, bolting is not allowed in the park so don't do it!

Getting There 

From the Six Pines campground drive down the park road to the first parking lot. The wall is South of the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Drive In Wall:
Stairway to Heaven   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slot Machine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
A-Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  IA : Backbone State Park : Drive In Wall
Climb the large flake right of Slot Machine to a ledge. Move into left crack for harder, cleaner finish or move right to bush whack to the top. Good lead for 5.7, tricky gear....[more]   Browse More Classics in IA

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By Andrew R
Jul 23, 2012
This wall is great, and one of my favorite places that I've climbed in Iowa. It's easy to get to, easy to get to the top, lots of good places to set Top-Rope anchors, and a great view on the entire wall!
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