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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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Inner Worlds 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO : Independence Pass : ... : Third Grotto Wall
P1: Start on jugs to the left of an awkward fist crack (or climb up the crack) then angle left and up to a stance under a small roof with a fixed pin way to the right (long runner). Turn the roof to the left into the leaning dihedral and up to a small belay stance below the huge roof. Watch your rope drag on this pitch.P2: Continue up the dihedral and then hand traverse out right under the roof. Pull around the roof on huge jugs and enjoy the view!Walk off to the east....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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