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Ouray vicinity (rock)

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Camp Bird Mine Rd/Mountain Rescue Cache Crag 
Colby's Corner (Ridgway) 
Engineer Pass Crag 
Le Petit Verdon 
Misfits Wall, The 
Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall 
Overlook Cliff 
Pool Wall, The 
Randall's Badger Sanctuary aka Spider Den 
Ridgway Dike Wall 
Ridgway State Park 
Secret Stash, The 
Slab of Despair 
Technicolor Wall aka Techno Crag 
Upper Cascade Wall 
Waterfall Wall 
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Ouray vicinity (rock)  

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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 38.0231, -107.672 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: View of Ouray and some of it's crags. This photo ...


All aspects, and all weather conditions abound. Seasonal at some areas, crowded at times. Several different types of rock in the area supply the ADHD climber with some options. Easy to hard climbing with loads of potential.

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Getting There 

MapQuest Ouray to get here, then go see Bill Leo at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main St. (US Hwy 550) for beta. This locale is located between Montrose & Durango.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

164 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',68],['2 Stars',75],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ouray vicinity (rock):
Princess Ella's Magical Adventure   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 270'   Waterfall Wall
Groove Tube   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
Past Tense   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
The Front Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall : The Wading Pool
Dangling Participle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
California Stars   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
Chip Shot / Cheap Shot   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall : The Deep End
A Fistful of Awesome   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Waterfall Wall
Pleasing the Masses   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
Annie's Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Pool Wall : The Wading Pool
Just Another Roadside Attraction   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Camp Bird Mine Rd/Mountain ...
El Sueno   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Waterfall Wall
Ze Boom Boom Room   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Pool Wall : The Alcove
Overlooked   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Overlook Cliff
Out of Pocket   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
Svengali   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Pool Wall : The Deep End
"A View to a Kill" AKA (One in the Pink)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
School's Out!   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Overlook Cliff
99 Problems   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Overlook Cliff
Dark Continent   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Pool Wall : The Backyard
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Featured Route For Ouray vicinity (rock)
The Front Nine goes right up the great wide crack....

The Front Nine 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : ... : The Wading Pool
This is one of the only real crack climbs at the Pool Wall. And, it's pretty darn good. Climbs up the great wide crack just right of the Ginsu Arete (Look Sharp & Be Sharp). When you get to the wide bit there is actually a nice finger crack right next to it, so no wide gear is necessary. It ends at chains on the left wall....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Jason Nelson
From: SLC, UT
Apr 24, 2007
Ouray has over 150 routes (as of 4/2007) on 6 different rock types (limestone, quartzite, welded tuff/volcanic ash, Cutler sandstone, and a metamorphic sandstone). There is a guidebook available at Ouray Mountain Sports (www.ouraysports.com). Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, but some are trad and some are a mix of bolts and gear. The majority of the climbs are in the 5.11 and 5.12 range, but more and more of all types of routes are being established. Generally the routes are technical in nature, but there are a few pumpy ones to be found as well. Rock climbing season is at its best in the summer when it's too hot everywhere else, but it can be possible to climb rock on a warm sunny day midwinter. You just might be post-holing to get the climbs. Fortunately, they are not far from the car. Approaches are usually less than 25 minutes.
By Jim Donini
Sep 12, 2007
Too bad that the only climbs you have listed for the Pool Wall are the ones in the alcove. Except for The Groove and the Boom Boom Room the alcove routes suck compared to the main wall area. There are 80 routes (75 sport) and most of them are excellent. There are also several other venues in the area on three types of rock- metamorphised sandstone, quartzite and limestone. Good climbing with different sun exposures and no crowds. Jason Nelson's guide is available at Ouray Mountain Sports. Enjoy!
By TRtourer
Mar 8, 2009
Yeah, the alcove sucks. Keep on walking to the main walls for the good climbing. Don't know why anyone would want to climb in the bottom of a rockslide zone anyway....
By Bryan Gilmore
From: Your Mama
Jun 24, 2012
Hey, JD and TRtourer... instead of bitching, just add the good routes you know of. We'd all appreciate it.
By S.Mckinna
From: Cañon City, CO
Jul 24, 2012
Is there a guide book still in print? What's the name of it? I looked for one a month ago with no luck.
By Fleetwood Matt
Jul 25, 2012
Jason just put out a new version of his guidebook (July 2012). Bill has 'em at Ouray Mountain Sports.
By Laura RN
From: San Tan Valley, AZ
Jun 9, 2015
Looking for a rock climbing partner while I'm here in Colorado for the summer. I'm in the Montrose area and have a bucket list item to check of climbing the Pool Wall. I go several times a year to ice climb.

If anyone is interested in climbing any day of the week, let me know.

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