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The Bank

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1979 S 
2010A S 
2112 S 
2150 A.D. S 
5.10 Crack T 
5.10a corner T 
5.11 Arete S 
5.9 crack T 
A Sharp S 
Abu Simbel  S 
Aerial Solution S 
Alcohollica  S 
Alfalfa Omega S 
Another Bolted Crack T,S 
Aoxamoxoa S 
Apple Cracks, The S 
Aspiring Frog S 
B Flat S 
B/C S 
Baby Face Nelson S 
Back To The Future S 
Bambi Meets Godzilla S 
Binge and Purge S 
Birthing the Piggy T 
Bits and Pieces S 
Black Hole Sun S 
Bridget the Midget S 
British Persuasion S 
Bum Cakes (formerly listed as Buns) S 
C Major T 
Cat Ate My Homework, The S 
Cerebral Brain Freeze S 
CJ & The Lesbian Seagull S 
Concentrated Weirdness S 
Corner Blitz S 
Courage and Enlightenment S 
Crab Nation S 
Dancin` Shoes S 
Dave Dangle S 
Deconstructing Harry S 
Desserter S 
Dillinger S 
Disciples of Hell S 
Doggie Style T 
Don Show, The S 
Dust Lust S 
Emperor's Robe S 
Energy Before Ecstasy S 
Ethics? What Ethics? S 
Feverish S 
Flesh Tuxedo S 
From Russia With Love S 
Future Fossil S 
Gambino S 
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route) S 
Generation X S 
Ginger Midget, The S 
Goodfellas S 
Harry S 
Heaven is Waiting S 
Heavy Weather S 
Heretic S 
Hostile Crankover S 
I Have a Dream S 
Ice Cream Hangover S 
Incredible Weather S 
jasonbecker.com S 
Jesse James S 
Kicker S 
Killer Chihuahua S 
Knot Too Many Roaches S 
Ladies' Night In Buffalo S 
Large Marge S 
Le Petit Verdon S 
Le Pincher S 
Lefty S 
Lesser of Two Evils S 
Let Me Out S 
Leverage S 
Lick and a Promise S 
Lime Street S 
Living in America S 
Lloyd T 
Lost Planet Airman S 
Loves Me Like a Rock S 
Lynch Mob S 
Ma Barker S 
Machine Gun Kelly S 
McFly S 
Metamusso S 
Mighty Aphrodite S 
Mighty Mouse S 
Misery S 
Mismatched Partners S 
Neopolitan Headrush S 
New Comer (aka New Corner) S 
No Future for the Timid S 
No Rest For the Wicked S 
Number 1 Super Guy S 
On the Mushroom S 
Once Upon a Time S 
Otis S 
Peking S 
Pennies and Piggydust T 
Peter Pan S 
Pig City Nights S 
Pink Torpedo S 
PiƱon Slalom S 
Plate Tectonics S 
Poncho S 
Poncho and the Three Perverts S 
Power Broker S 
Pretty Boy Floyd S 
Primal Scream S 
Project Focus S 
Puking Yuppies T,S 
Pullin' Down in the Fields of Cotton S 
Purple Packer Smacker S 
Purple Reign S 
Quickstrike S 
R.A.M.M. S 
Rack, The S 
Ragnar S 
Razor Burn (aka Stewart's Slab) S 
Richter Scale S 
Ripped S 
Rock Frog S 
Scarf and Barf S 
Scarface S 
Scavenger's Daughter S 
Season Down Under S 
Shady Character S 
Shelfish S 
Sicilian Style S 
Silver Rain S 
Sleeper S 
Slot Machine S 
Solitude S 
Sonic Youth S 
Soprano S 
Sparkle In The Rain S 
Sparky S 
Starving Hippies S 
Staying Power S 
Stick It S 
Stomach Stapler S 
Stormy Weather S 
Stranger in Moscow S 
Sty in the Sky S 
SuedeHead S 
Surreal Estate S 
Sweepings, The S 
Taping Tendons S 
Team Anorexia S 
Tendon Respite S 
Thank You, Minneapolis! S 
This is Your Brain S 
Three Old Dogs S 
Thunder Tactics S 
Thunder Thighs S 
Tired Arms Recovery Program (T.A.R.P.) S 
Tribal Boundary S 
Trundle S 
Tuff Shed (aka B&C) S 
Unknown S 
Unknown 5.7 S 
Unsaid, The (aka The Brothel) S 
Unusual Weather S 
Ussen S 
War In The Banks S 
Welcome to Shelf Road S 
What's Biting Me? S 
Who Asked You? S 
Why Left S 
Will Purr For Treats S 
You Were Meant For Me S 
Unsorted Routes:

The Bank Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 38.6331, -105.2297 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jan 1, 2001
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A view from the Bank parking area.

Description 

The Bank is an area with a very large concentration of climbs with ratings from 5.9 to 5.13, many in the 11-12 range. Some of the best climbing at shelf is found on southern section of the right side of the bank on walls called 2150 Wall, Back to the Future Wall, and Surreal Estate Wall, likewise it is one of the most crowded areas of shelf. Just past the Bank Campground along a small BLM road, the Bank consists of the north (right) and south (left) sides of the canyon. The N side faces SW, the south faces NE. So morning shade can be found on the N side and afternoon shade on the S side.

Getting There 

Park at the lot outside the Bank Campground and use the road to begin access to any of the Bank's wall unless climbing routes far to the North in this canyon (past Cactus Rose Cliff on the left or #1 Super Guy and Quarry Wall on the North-right side). If you are climbing routes this farther up (north) the canyon it is possible to drive this bumpy dirt road and park past the climbs where the parking restrictions end. To reach the first 3 walls on the North side of the Bank take the obvious trail off the right side of the road continuing straight (immediate right fork leads to the Dark Side - Luke, I AM your Father). This trail leads you straight towards 2150 wall. Continue left along the cliff to reach Back to the Future and Surreal Estate Walls. Further down the road an approach trail leads left up to Cactus Rose Wall. Before the road bends left another trail leads right directly up to Surreal Estate Wall. Approach Times are 5-20 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.2 miles from here

176 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',99],['1 Star',32],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',7],['5.8',18],['5.9',29],['5.10',59],['5.11',44],['5.12',15],['5.13',1],['>=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Bank

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bank:
The Apple Cracks   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ladies' Night In Buffalo   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pink Torpedo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
B/C   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
jasonbecker.com   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Season Down Under   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Flesh Tuxedo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Number 1 Super Guy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lime Street   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Back To The Future   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Staying Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lost Planet Airman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Unusual Weather   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Taping Tendons   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
No Rest For the Wicked   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Heavy Weather   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Surreal Estate   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Future Fossil   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For The Bank
Rock Climbing Photo: "No Rest For The Wicked" is an album by ...

No Rest For the Wicked 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Shelf Road : The Bank
A few jams and laybacks on a great shelf face climb at mid-left on Back to the Future wall (2nd major clean wall on N side of Bank). Easily climb up the initial ledge and follow the crack through three bolts and technical face moves to the fist overhang. Cop a rest before pulling the crux and continuing up this strenuous climb to the anchor. I found no holds at the anchors, and used the massive ring attached to said anchors to clip the chains. Anyone else find this also?Per Bob-a: The lo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Bank Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise from The Bank campground.
Sunrise from The Bank campground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement...
Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area'...
Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area'...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part...
Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bank - Left (1).
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (1).
Rock Climbing Photo: Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb...
I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bank: (L-R) Banking on the Future No Rest for ...
The Bank: (L-R) Banking on the Future No Rest for ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Wall...
BETA PHOTO: Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Wall...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another great day at the Bank.
Another great day at the Bank.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bank - Left (2)
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (2)
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall.  Photo by Paul C.
Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall. Photo by Paul C.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south along the Bank.
Looking south along the Bank.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ditto.
Ditto.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with ...
Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon&q...
Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon&q...
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo: 2150 Wall area.
Beta photo: 2150 Wall area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. ...
Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bank Rob.
Bank Rob.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Piggy Bank.
The Piggy Bank.
Rock Climbing Photo: 2150 Wall.
2150 Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview.
BETA PHOTO: Overview.

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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 7, 2002
Tongue cutters will be found sporadically here, beware.
By Joe Collins
Oct 27, 2003
I made my first visit to this cliff this weekend and I have to say that the Bank is undoubtedly the finest crag at Shelf. You are likely to find a lot of solitude at the Bank these days, since the vast majority of Shelf visitors seem to flock to Cactus Cliff in droves.
By KateC
Sep 27, 2005
Hi! Does anybody out there know who I should contact about new route development at Shelf?

We managed to pry our Vedauwoo bum friend out of a crack and drag him to shelf last weekend, and all he could say while we were wandering lost around the Bank was "Wow! Check out that offwidth!" and "Oh man! That chimney would be sweet! Why did you tell me not to bring gear?!?"

So now we need to find out who to contact to see if we get any FA's or the right to add rap anchors above some fat cracks.

Please send info to kate@colocalders.com. Thanks!
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Apr 12, 2010
Does anyone know the name of the other routes in the alcove containing "Will Purr for Treats"?
By GabeO
From: New Haven, CT
Mar 7, 2011
Does anyone know the names and grades of either of these routes? 1 - Just left of Crab Nation on Piggy Bank. It's just right of The Apple Cracks (SLIM). 2 - A shorty just right of #1 Super Guy. Thanks!
By Bob Robertson
Oct 14, 2012
GebeO: This is a little late, but you can get updated info on the Piggy Bank and other surrounding rocks at climbingpamphlet.com
By Matt Powers
From: Madison, VA
May 22, 2013
To reiterate what GabeO said, what's the route to the right of #1 Super Guy? Grade? It's 3 bolts, about 30 ft. I have a photo below, was hoping to get the route on here.

EDIT: The route is Ussen, and has been added to The Bank.
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Apr 28, 2014
Anyone know the name of the route squeezed between Tribal Boundary and Primal Scream?
By E Johnson
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 29, 2015
There is a new route right of Sty in the Sky, left of Project Focus? Any info on it?
By Samantha Bowers
From: Denver, CO
Oct 25, 2015
Someone took my climbing shoes today, Oct. 25 climbing at The Bank, Piggy Gank. A family was climbing next to us with a teenage girl, they moved away, and I'm pretty sure they grabbed my shoes by accident. I would love to get them back, they're La Sportiva grey/metallicy color (206)602-4328. Thanks

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