Adam bearing down on the small stuff of The Gem (S...
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 Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Vault:
Fire It Up 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Tryptophan 5.10c 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
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
Local Information for The Vault
Latest Regional Forum Messages
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.