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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 
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 
Courage and Enlightenment S 
Crab Nation S 
Dancin` Shoes S 
Dave Dangle S 
Deconstructing Harry 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 
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 
Ice Cream Hangover S 
Incredible Weather S 
jasonbecker.com 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 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 
Piņon 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 
Purple Packer Smacker S 
R.A.M.M. S 
Razor Burn (aka Stewart's Slab) S 
Richter Scale S 
Ripped T 
Rock Frog S 
Scarf and Barf S 
Scarface S 
Season Down Under S 
Shady Character S 
Shelfish S 
Silver Rain S 
Solitude S 
Sonic Youth S 
Soprano S 
Sparkle In The Rain 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 
This is Your Brain 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 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 
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The Bank  


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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 38.6331, -105.2297 View Map  Incorrect?
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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

152 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',78],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',6],['5.8',17],['5.9',23],['5.10',48],['5.11',41],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bank:
Ladies' Night In Buffalo   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 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)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
jasonbecker.com   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lick and a Promise   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 1 Super Guy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Flesh Tuxedo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lime Street   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Unusual Weather   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Back To The Future   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Thunder Tactics   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lost Planet Airman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Staying Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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   
Future Fossil   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Surreal Estate   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Bank
Bob D on the FA.

Heavy Weather 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  CO : Shelf Road : The Bank
This is a beautiful line up the left side of Surreal Estate Wall (the third big clean wall reached from the standard North side approach). The belayer relaxes on inclined rock as the leader tackles the continual cruxes. A few shakeouts can be found and will certainly help. The first crux pulls through on pockets, a mid-bouldery crux pulls edges before reaching a final overlap and the third major crux overlap. Sequential, pumpy, and awesome!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Bank Slideshow Add Photo
Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area's on a great winter day.
Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area'...
Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement to the most popular areas at the Bank: The Piggy Bank & Bank Rob areas.
Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement...
Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part of the Bank at Shelf Road.
Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part...
Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Walls
BETA PHOTO: Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Wall...
I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb.
I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb...
Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
The Piggy Bank.
The Piggy Bank.
Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall. <br /> <br />Photo by Paul C.
Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall. Photo by Paul C.
Another great day at the Bank.
Another great day at the Bank.
A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
The Bank - Left (1).
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (1).
The Bank: <br />(L-R) <br />Banking on the Future <br />No Rest for the Wicked  <br />Back to the Future
The Bank: (L-R) Banking on the Future No Rest for ...
2150 Wall.
2150 Wall.
Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with some of the best views.
Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with ...
Looking south along the Bank.
Looking south along the Bank.
Overview.
BETA PHOTO: Overview.
The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
The Bank - Left (2)
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (2)
Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon".
Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon&q...
Ditto.
Ditto.
Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. Take the left trail at the low fork which leads you into the small gully then up to the walls.
Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. ...
Bank Rob.
Bank Rob.

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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: Denver, CO
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?