BETA PHOTO: The First Tier and Tarot Wall areas of Avalon.
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The First Tier of Avalon lies a short distance above the creek. It is home to some good sport routes, including Sword In The Stone (10), Mists of Avalon (10a), Iron Maiden (9+), Slayer (10b), Body Count (11a), and Marquis de Sade (10d).
The First Tier is split into a lower (R) and upper (L) level.
Routes on the lower level, from R->L (as you approach from the trail):
J. Catch and Release
, 12, 1p, 90', 8 bolts. Arete on the R.
I. Mists of Avalon
, 10-, 1p, 90', 8 bolts. Face to roof and slab.
H. Spare Rib
, 10, 1p, gear. Face to roof & crack.
G. Sword In The Stone
, 9, 1p, 70', 7 bolts. Face to an arete.
Walk up a path to the left about 100' to get to the upper level of the First Tier.
Routes on the upper level, from L->R:
A. Sex Slave
, 10, 1p, 55', gear & 4 bolts. Thin crack & face.
B. Iron Maiden
, 9+, 1p, 70', 8 bolts. R-facing corner & roofs.
, 10, 1p, 70', 7 bolts. Blocky bulge to roof.
D. Body Count
, 11-, 1p, 60', 6 bolts. Steep face to roof.
E. Marquis de Sade
, 10, 1p, 60', 7 bolts. Steep face to thin crack & roof.
F1. Tunnel of Love
, 9+, 1p, 100', gear. R-angling hand crack to chockstone tunnel.
F2. The Anti-Sport
, 10+, 1p, 100', gear.
G. The Sport Climber's Demise
, 10+, 1p, 70', gear.
Continuing up the path left of Sex Slave will take you up to the Second Tier, at the left side of Tarot Wall.
See the Beta Photo for details.
If you crossed the creek at the Tyrolean, go a short way up the talus field, and angle left to the base of the wall.
If you waded across the creek downstream from the Tyrolean, take a path up and right through the woods to the base of the wall near The Mists of Avalon.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in First Tier
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Tier:
Slayer 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Body Count 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For First Tier
Marquis de Sade 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CO
: Boulder Canyon
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Marquis de Sade is the fifth route from the left on the First Tier, right of Body Count. It is on the right side of the obvious near vertical face. Follow the bolts up the face, and climb a short finger crack (crux) to the obvious roof above. Climb up to the right of the roof and then pull up and left to surmount the roof. Try not to chimney off the block to the right. The crux comes before the roof at a tricky finger lock with difficult feet. May be more difficult for those with a short rea...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Avalon, showing most of the major features. Note:...