Insurrection, 5.14c. Photo Adam Sanders.
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".
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
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Scene of the Crime 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CO
: Independence Pass
: ... : Lower Grotto Wall
This is basically an extended boulder problem on killer crimps. It was the first rap-bolted route on the Pass and an early 12+ milestone in Colorado. This is the short, well-chalked face behind the huge evergreen down and right of Cryogenics. Boulder high and make a hard first clip or stick clip the bolt. Continue up on ever-crimpier climbing to some sequential moves on poor sidepulls. There is a bit of a runout between bolts 2 and 3 but you probably wouldn't hit the deck.You can take a piec...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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