The Vault from Cactus Cliff.
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".
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.
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
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Vault:
Fire It Up 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Tryptophan 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Illusions 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Ewetopia 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
14 Carats 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Gem 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Featured Route For The Vault
Illusions 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CO
: Shelf Road
: The Vault
As you come into The Vault, there will be a short uphill stretch of trail with a dead tree lying across the path. The big, dark dihedral above the tree contains a neat line that may never see the sun, and this is Illusions. Good moves on excellent stone make Illusions a kick and a good warm up for the harder climbs found in The Vault. Illusions is a tad past vertical so it tends to be a bit pumpy, but never harder than moderate 5.11. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Jesse Ryan
Apr 24, 2016
Anyone at the Vault yesterday, Saturday April 23rd, pick up a our guidebook by mistake? Be happy to send you $ for postage! It's the Shelf Road Climbing: A Complete Guide (D'Antonio), complete with all my esoteric scribbling.
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 hotmail.com
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.