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One of the mainstays of Independence Pass climbing, the Grotto Walls area offers the greatest variety of climbing on the Pass from the convenience of the Lower Grotto Wall to the more wild setting of the Third Grotto Wall. Climbing here is split pretty evenly between sport and trad. There is some great bouldering as well in the scree fields below the cliffs.
Drive up Independence Pass from Aspen about 9 miles. Come around a left hairpin turn and pull into the large pull-off on the left side of the road. Lower Grotto Wall is the large cliff just above the road. There will usually be a party on Twin Cracks and Cryogenics, and one to multiple cars with tourists pulled over watching the "crazy climbers".
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The Ineditable V6-7 7A+ CO : Independence Pass : ... : Lower Grotto Wall
This is certainly one of Colorado's great boulder problems, both for its position on the flat face of a mammoth boulder and the purity of the line.The Ineditable climbs the southwest face of a large, pointy boulder in the boulder field at the Grotto Wall. Park in the big pull-out and follow a trail heading down canyon, then slightly south back toward the road, to reach the Ineditable Boulder (it's the biggest boulder in the area and hard to miss). You'll pass a couple of other smaller boulder en...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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