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Bad Math S 
Beginner's Luck S 
C.T.A. Route S 
Child's Play S 
Hoods in the Woods S 
Misfit S 
Nice Jugs S 
Nine Lives S 
Psycho Billy Cadillac S 
Rookie Hook S 
Route 0.5 S 
Route 1 S 
Route 1.5 S 
Route 2 S 
Route 3 S 
Sally Pocket S 
Undercling, The S 
Wasted Asparagus S 

Fume Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.45639, -107.80522 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: eDixon on Jun 6, 2006  with updates from eli poss
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This small crag hosts a handful of sport routes. The rock can be slick and dirty, especially after periods of rain or after spring runoff. Many of the routes are still in the process of being cleaned and should improve with time. Climbing here is incredibly convenient as it is close to the road and requires basically no approach. There are mostly moderate routes, making this a good place for novice leaders.

The cliff gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. The base of the cliff is in the trees and stays pretty shady. Fall is probably the best time to climb here. Temperatures in the Spring are pleasant, but the rock tends to be a little dirty. Summer afternoons in the shade can be comfortable as well.

Getting There 

From Durango, head north on US 550 for about 12 miles, take the right turn off the highway (CR250) and park in a small dirt parking area. Hike back under the highway to the climbing area.

Routes listing (L->R) 

A. Bad Math, 10+, 1p, bolts.
B. Nine Lives, 8, 1p, 50', bolts.
C. Child's Play, 6, 1p, 45', bolts.
D. Nice Jugs, 8, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. The Undercling, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Hoods in the Woods, 11, 1p, 55', bolts.
G. C.T.A. Route, 11, 1p, 55', bolts.
H. Rookie Hook, 10, 1p, bolts.
I. Psycho Billy Cadillac, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
J. Sally Pocket, 9+, 1p, 55', bolts.
K. Beginner's Luck, 7, 1p, 55', bolts.
L. Misfit, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.


M. Route 1, 9+, 1p, 40', bolts.
N. Route 2, 9, 1p, 40', bolts +/- gear.
O. Route 3, 9, 1p, bolts.
P. Wasted Asparagus, 7, 1p, 65', bolts.

Q? Under Overhangland, 12.

Unnamed 11a, 1p, 55', bolts. - location?
Squeeze Job, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts. - location?

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fume Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fume Wall:
Nine Lives   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sally Pocket   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Psycho Billy Cadillac   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Undercling   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Bad Math   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
C.T.A. Route   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bad Math.

Bad Math 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Durango : Fume Wall
I saw this route a week or so ago and wanted to come back to give it a try. It has nice and shiny bolts on it, which I think should've been painted to be discreet. There used to be an ugly plaque at the base with "5.10 c/d" scribbled into it. Disgusting. I am not sure what happened to it, but it's gone now.Anyway, I got past the second bolt, which I would believe to be the crux, and stuck my hand in a big hole with a jug. A bunch of bees swarmed out, so I bailed back to the ground.It looks like ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By ian altman
Nov 6, 2006
I've taken part in some of the development of this area. The routes are still in the process of being cleaned, but have real potential for being a good addition to Durango climbing selection. The best routes have turned out on the lower angled (south end of the wall) and constitute some great moderate sport climbing ranging in difficulty from 5.7-5.12b. All the routes are rigged with chains.The land owner is on to us though, and he has no intention of allowing anyone to climb there. Our litigious society rears its ugly head once again, as his legal counsel has deemed the Fume Wall an "attractable nuisance."
By IanA
From: Durango, CO
Sep 23, 2009
According to the GIS Data this cliff sits on CDOT right of way. Therefore is open to the public. For more information check out

Parcel #537124402007 is the parcel adjacent to the Fume Wall which is on CDOT right of way (Public Land).
By darren
From: Durango, Colorado
Apr 18, 2011
Found a cam at Fume Wall. Let me know where you lost it, make, and model, and it's yours.
By s.price
From: PS,CO
Jul 25, 2011
With all the great climbing in the area, it amazes me anyone would climb here. I lived across the highway from this wall when we were developing at Golf and Cascade in the early '90s. Even with the 2 minute approach, I never wasted my time. Someone should strip all the hardware and put it to use somewhere deserving.
By Step hen
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 27, 2011
Disagree. This is the closest, decent place for sport climbing to Durango with the easiest approach. It's a great place for an after-work pump. You don't have to climb a mountain like at Turtle Lake, and it's better than X-Rock IMO. Oh, and Golf ain't much better than Fume.
By S.Mckinna
From: CaƱon City, CO
Jul 28, 2011
I'm just happy to get out and climb. Ever heard the saying "sport climbing is neither" :)
By Unassigned User
Aug 25, 2011
I think the place is pretty good! If it's still dirty, then whoever bolted it needs to get off there fat ass and clean! It been dirty for years.
By Gary N
From: Durango, CO
Jul 1, 2013
A new route, 'Unknown 5.10c/d', has been added at the far left end of Fume Wall, just to the left of 'Nine Lives'. A lot of the descriptions are based off of 'Nine Lives', saying "This is the x route from the left." Just a heads up, as things need to be shifted now.

Edit: Thanks for updating this page and all the routes. Everything is in order now.
By ian altman
Apr 14, 2014
Hello Fume Wall enthusiasts,

My climbing class and I recently noticed some newer routes established (with bolts and anchors) near and around the "Under Overhang Land ,5.12b). Looked like five new routes, and we climbed one that seemed like harder 5.11. Wondering if anyone wanted to share beta on these new area of the wall that was craving development! Glad someone is getting after it!
By eli poss
From: Durango, sometimes Chattanooga
Jun 4, 2015
Somebody stole the biners off the chains on Beginner's Luck again. If you know who did this or if you did this and didn't know any better, please make sure they get returned. If you have a problem with them being there, talk to me, or if you just need biners, let me know and I will buy you some shiny new biners. Regardless, please return them. This is the second time biners have been stolen off the anchor, and it needs to stop.
By Gary N
From: Durango, CO
Jun 19, 2015
Nice couch at the base of Beginner's Luck...makes the place look like a dump, paired with all the trash at the parking area.

I wonder how much longer we'll be allowed to climb here?
By ian altman
Oct 5, 2015
Please people...stop taking the carabiners from the anchors!!! Most of them are steel anyway, and whoever is taking them just states their inexperience, ignorance, and general disrespect for the folks who are maintaining the climbs here. They are not bootie and were left there for a reason!

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