Middle Class Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Middle Class Wall Routes.
Facing North-Northwest, the Middle Class wall is a good place to avoid the harsh sun during the summer months. There are some stout climbs at Middle Class, and some quality rock, but generally, the Upper Echelon is a higher quality crag.
In the center of the Middle Class Wall, about 7 feet above the ledge at its base, is a row of crystalline rock with some darker granite "teeth" that forms an upward-facing portion of an arch. This arch is referred to in the recent Poudre Canyon Routes guide as the "smiley face" and describes the start of several routes with reference to it.
Park on the eastbound side of 14 just before the Mishawaka Tunnel, and head up the faint trail toward the cliffs. The Middle Class wall is, you guessed it, the middle of the climbable features here, and can be identified by it's lower, slabby, slightly broken section topped by a steep headwall with (probably) some fixed draws on the Twinkletoes
. Break left off the trail above the talus over some flakes (3rd class) to reach a nice ledge at the base of the wall.
A. Blue Collar Baby
, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
B. Middle Management
, 10+, 1p, 60', bolts.
, 12, 2p, bolts, P1 95'.
Above C1. Blackeye in the Sky
, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts.
C2. Streaky Stylee
, 11+, 1p, 95', bolts.
D. Goin' Streakin'
, 11+/12-, 1p, 95', bolts.
E. Middle Class Cracker
, 10-, 1p, 100', gear.
, 12+, 1p, 90', bolts.
F2. Mass Appeal
, 12, 1p, 90', bolts.
, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
Climbing Season For the Triple Tier Area area.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Middle Class Wall
Goin' Streakin' 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CO
: Fort Collins
: ... : Middle Class Wall
Great rock and a cool 11b-ish sequence lead to middle ledge via 6 bolts. Above the ledge there are 2 options: either climb a tough boulder problem crux directly through the 2 bolts above (not sure how hard-yet to be done free?), or climb high enough to reach up and clip both bolts and then go back down/reach right to climb the crack for a couple of moves and hand traverse back left to regain the route for a much easier but less direct variation. The route then converges with Streaky Stylee...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Jun 24, 2010
Make sure you have at least a 60m rope for this crag, and watch your ends lowering/rapping as most of the routes push 100'. There is some exposure along the ledges at the base and anything trundled (including yourself!) is likely to hit the trail below, so be careful. Have fun!