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14 Carats S 
Breakfast in Bhopal S 
Chip Off the Block S 
Easy Money S 
Enola Gay T 
Ewetopia S 
Family Jewels S 
Fire It Up S 
Flight Simulator S 
Follow Me Tuolumne S 
Gem, The S 
Handyman T 
Holiday In Cambodia S 
Illusions S 
Jewel Of The Wild S 
Lucy in the Sky S 
Ministry of the Almighty Crimp S 
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend S 
Pocket Change S 
Potato Chipper S 
Precious Stone S 
Pubic Zirconium S 
Smoldering Horse Flesh S 
Sonic Youth S 
Splitting the Stone S 
Stinger S 
Stress Rehearsal S 
Sunrise Arete S 
Topaz S 
Tottering into Antiquity S 
Traditional Trickery T 
Tryptophan S 
Welcome to Yosemite T 
What's the Combo? S 
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The Vault  


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Elevation: 6,900'
Location: 38.6326, -105.2241 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 1969
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Description 

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 Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',12],['5.11',9],['5.12',9],['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 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 Simulator   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'   
Precious Stone   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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'   
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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

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By Stefan Griebel
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

Thanks,Stefan
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.