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Ministry of the Almighty Crimp S 
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend S 
Pocket Change S 
Potato Chipper S 
Precious Stone S 
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Smoldering Horse Flesh S 
Sonic Youth S 
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Stinger S 
Stress Rehearsal S 
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Tottering into Antiquity S 
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The Vault Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 38.6326, -105.2241 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 1969

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The Vault consists of two cliff bands lying roughly between Cactus Cliff and the Bank. The area faces East & NE, and so gets good sun in the morning, and shade in the afternoon. Most routes are short in contrast to walls like the 2150 or Cactus Cliff, but what they lack in height they make up in quality. The left crag, a rough continuation of the Bank, consists of numerous little buttresses creating an opportunity for corner, face, and arete climbs in a fairly compact area. While nothing here is particularly far away from the more popular walls, there is usually a feeling of isolation at The Vault that makes for a satisfying excursion. As winter rears its ugly head, we frequently head for The Vault just to keep the summer feeling hanging on a bit longer. The northern, NE-facing end of the wall is sometimes referred to as "The Gem Wall".

Getting There 

From the parking above The Bank, take the road down toward The Bank for ~ 100 yds, then turn right onto the new trail to Cactus Cliff. After ~5 minutes join the recently closed road, heading towards Cactus Cliff. When the road levels off and turns hard right, locate a good trail on the left, immediately south of the new bathroom. Follow this trail for 1 minute up hill to the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Vault

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Vault:
Chip Off the Block   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Fire It Up   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Flight Stimulator   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tryptophan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stress Rehearsal   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Illusions   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pubic Zirconium   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Potato Chipper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jewel Of The Wild   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Smoldering Horse Flesh   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ewetopia   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Family Jewels   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
14 Carats   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Precious Stone   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Gem   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Jewel Of The Wild 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Shelf Road : The Vault
About 150' right of Illusions is an arete and corner system that just precedes the inset wall hosting The Gem. Jewel of The Wild takes the bulging face just right of the blunt arete. While pulling through the bulge is probably the crux, this route just seemed to ratchet up in difficulty the higher one climbed. Expect more edges and side-pulls than pockets. Jewel is just that, and comes with excellent stone, tricky sequences, and powerful climbing. I'll stick with two stars since it ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Stefan Griebel
From: Boulder, Colorado
Nov 1, 2005
I left my Canon S400 Elph digital camera in this area on the weekend of 10/22/05. I posted to the lost and found section as well, but I thought I'd add a post here in case someone didn't see the lost and found. I'll offer at least $50 reward. climbingdreams at

By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Sep 23, 2009
Our group saw two rattlesnakes near the base of Ewetopia last weekend, one actually spit venom on my friend's leg. Stay alert out there.

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