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Grotto Walls Area  


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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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".

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.1 miles from here

43 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',5],['5.11',4],['5.12',11],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grotto Walls Area:
Felix   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   World of Hurt Bouldering : Felix Boulder
Twin Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   Lower Grotto Wall
Grotto Wall Traverse   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Lower Grotto Wall
Plaque Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Second Grotto Wall
Inner Worlds   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Third Grotto Wall
Cryogenics   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Grotto Wall
Stand By Your Van   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Grotto Wall
Under Pressure   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
One for the Road   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Grotto Wall
Wire and Fire   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Grotto Wall
Headless Franken Chicken   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Grotto Wall
Space Sluts in the Slammer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
The Engagement   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lower Grotto Wall
Victims of Fashion   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 160'   Lower Grotto Wall
Scene of the Crime   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Grotto Wall
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Featured Route For Grotto Walls Area
Cryptic series of granite slimpers.

Before There Were Nine 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Lower Grotto Wall
Rated .13b and referred to as #15 in Perkin's book, this route is among the best hard climbs on the Pass, deserving of a proper name, a realistic grade, and more atention. Originally bolted by Kurt Smith, and extensively projected by Dave Pegg and Phillip Benningfield, this route resisted all attempts untill Tommy sent in his typical crushing style. Very technical, slightly overhanging climbing on small crimps and sidepulls. Granite climbing of this style doesn't get much better....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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