"C'mon kids! Let's go for a short hike and get on something that the whole family can enjoy!"
"Does anyone see the wall? I know it's one of these slabs below the December Wall...."
"Does anyone see a trail?!"
"Good Lord! Is that poison ivy? Look at the size of those leaves! Somebody make sure little Johnny is not wiping his butt with that stuff...."
"I think we are too high. Is that the slab over there? I'll go check."
"Arrrrrggggh! Does anyone know what stinging nettle looks like?! My legs are on fire."
If you have never been to the St. Vrain, you will find most likely find this to be your experience even when you think you know where you are going. However, you are now heading out to a wall called the "Kids' Wall", so you most likely have the added twist that you are dragging along a a little booger for his or her first time of getting on a longer route who happens to be shorter than much of the poison growing in the area. The wall itself (once you locate it among the myriad of low-angle slabs in the immediate vicinity) is quite nice for a young-ones first go, but during the approach you will most likely find yourself at some point carrying that child, probably after there first encounter with one of the many groves of stinging whatever to be found along the way.
Despite all of this, Bernard Gillett has been generous enough to put up what is a very nice low fifth class sport route on the slab, and there is plenty of potential for more climbing off the route (especially if you bring gear).
Hmmmm...how do you get there indeed....
The wall is located just below the December Wall in the South St. Vrain. To get there from Lyons, take a left at the CO 7/US 36 junction and travel approximately 4.2 miles up the canyon to a large pullout on the left across the way from a roadcut. From the west end of the pullout, cross the road and find a way through the road cut. Go uphill, veering more westerly (away from the December Wall) toward a low angle slab. The bolts for the route on the Central Slab are located along a distinct water streak (this is the main way to identify the slab you are looking for).
Unfortunately, this is about the best I can do. I wouldn't want to spoil the adventure of finding this gem; but, I am not sure could if I wanted to. The descent was all a blur....
A low-angle south-facing slab holds this line with six bolts and a two-bolt anchor. The route follows a faint dark water streak.Gain the slab by surmounting a slight bulge at the first bolt. The path of least resistance wanders a little left to right up moderately-featured rock but stays along the bolt-line. There's a nice dish to stand in at the anchors....[more]Browse More Classics in CO