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Olympic Wall  


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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 16, 2003
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Description 

Best crag up here? The Olympic Wall is rather well sported out (bolted), although a small rack of cams is probably highly advised since these lines were bolted with the expectation that if you could place gear, then you should. Expect a bit more 5.11, some 5.10, and a slew of mid to low end 5.12 than you will find on Outrageous Overhang. Flat out killers are: False Start on the right, Standing Eight Count, and One Strike - all about 12a. The longish hump, 25 minutes or so, will keep the crowds down, but with good sun, solid stone, and well crafted routes, OW is very hard to beat.

Getting There 

Follow directions to Second Grotto Wall and hike back East for 300 to 400 feet. A faint trail leads off left and up hill. Pass by the Outrageous Overhang and the Thin-Dependence crag. As the "trail" turns back East to parallel the road, you will come to the Opening Ceremony Wall which has a couple of really nice routes on it. The Olympic Wall is the big guy just to the right.

Per adrenalated: The directions here are a bit unclear. You park at the same lot as the Grotto Walls, but you do not hike towards them. Instead, walk up the highway (east) 300-400 yards to a thin trail up the embankment on the left. This trail was marked with a small cairn as of 8/4/07 [cairn still exists, 2013]. From there, follow the directions above - the trails goes up and left past Outrageous Overhangs, Thindependence, and Junior Olympic Wall before reaching the Opening Ceremony and Olympic Walls.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.0 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',5],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['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 Olympic Wall:
Fox Trot   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
50 Yard Dash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Horny For You   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Standing Eight Count   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
I've Got Skills   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   
One Strike and You're Out   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Steroids or Bust   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Len's World   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Steve Hobbs working through the crux.

Len's World 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Olympic Wall
Start up the face 20 feet left of the large chimney on the right side of the main Olympic Wall. Head up extremely thin face moves (crux) to the large roof above. The roof itself is moderately pumpy with good holds (~11+/12-). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By adrenalated
From: Denver, CO
Aug 6, 2007
The directions here are a bit unclear. You park at the same lot as the Grotto Walls, but you do not hike towards them. Instead, walk up the highway (east) 300-400 yards to a thin trail up the embankment on the left. This trail was marked with a small cairn as of 8/4/07. From there, follow the directions above - the trails goes up and left past Outrageous Overhangs, Thindependence, and Junior Olympic Wall before reaching the Opening Ceremony and Olympic Walls.