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This area is a very secluded sheer face that faces Southeast just near the top of Palisade Mountain. Anyone who is a climber can't help but stare at Palisade Mountain as they drive West toward Estes Park in the Big Thompson Canyon. This wall caught my attention back in 1999, as I'm sure it has many others making the same journey. It sits high on the left hand summit skyline and is the sheerest, cleanest looking wall on the entire mountain. From the road below, you can make out the splitter crack running up its middle, and for all of you who are putting the pieces together reading this...that crack is every bit as good as it looks!!
Approach One: Hike to the Horse Head and wrap Northeast around its Eastern side along a bench that will lead you to the base of the wall with a short scramble up 2nd class at its end. "Note" when hiking along the bench, if you stay along the Eastern shoulder, the approach will be much easier.
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This is the central route on the formation, and the climbing is very nice and interesting. Start on the left side of the crag, as for PBB. Continue right, past the start of the obvious PBB crack, to the start of an incipient crack, left of the edge of the lower face. Continue up (RPs or equivalent), to a horizontal break, straight up and past a single bolt to a stance with a funky gear placement (#1 or 2 Rock/wire). Move right a bit, and continue straight up to t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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