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Triple Tier Area

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Triple Tier Area  


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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 40.6924, -105.3755 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Triple Tier Area includes a number of crags including The Fist, the Undertall Wall, The Sail, the Laughing Man, and the namesake three-tiered cliff comprised of the Chimney Sweep Wall, the Middle Class Wall, and the gem of the area, The Upper Echelon (aka Old Aid Wall). Rock quality is variable between these crags - some of the best can be found at the Upper Echelon - so bring a helmet, and a light rack isn't a terrible idea, either, as some lines are mixed or full-on gear protected.

Getting There 

Head west from Ted's Place on CO-14 for about 15 miles, parking on the eastbound side of the road just before the tunnel. Head up a faint trail heading southeast to reach the Upper Echelon, Middle Class, and Chimney Sweep walls, and over the saddle just past the Upper Echelon to reach The Sail. The Fist is located on the east side of the river, as well as the Undertall Wall, which lies adjacent to The Fist.

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Weather station 7.2 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',6],['5.11',13],['5.12',12],['5.13',2],['>=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 Triple Tier Area:
Shoulda Coulda   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Middle Management   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Middle Class Wall
Velvet Brown   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Sail
The Flue   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Chimney Sweep Wall
Git Wood   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Chimney Sweep Wall
Anchor Thief   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Sail
Tamed Donkeys   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Streaky Stylee   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Middle Class Wall
O.D.K.   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Tailspin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Mass Appeal   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Class Wall
Half Mast   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Sail
Pinklebear   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Twinkletoes   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Class Wall
Dream of Poudre   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Dark Pony   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Folsom Flute   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
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Featured Route For Triple Tier Area
J. Tarry in the lower section of the route.

Dark Pony 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  CO : Fort Collins : ... : Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
The climb starts same as Dream of Poudre and follows the first 3 bolts. To start the route properly, scramble up and make the big move from the glued on side pull to the small positive crimp. After clipping the 3rd bolt, make the next big move, switch hands, and start the heinous traverse to the right. At this point, you meet up with the Dark Horse project. Make a few more difficult moves, with a nice dead point, to gain the horizontal ledge and rest. From here, make a couple more b...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Triple Tier Area Slideshow Add Photo
The Triple Tier Area back when the Tunnel was firs...
BETA PHOTO: The Triple Tier Area back when the Tunnel was firs...
The Triple Tiers in all their glory.
BETA PHOTO: The Triple Tiers in all their glory.

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By Ol' Toby
From: WA
Aug 1, 2013
This zone offers the finest concentration of 5.12 sport climbing in the canyon with the Upper Echelon being particularly stacked with classics.

Be aware! Rattlesnakes are prevalent on the approach trail slope and particularly enjoy the area below the Middle Tier wall.
By Brian Dunnohew
Jun 27, 2014
Found a men's wedding band at the parking for Echelon on 6/20/2014. Message me if you are missing one.
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