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Reservoir Wall

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Arch Arrival T 
Carruthers-Hauser T 
Cyborg T 
Dr. Carl T 
Dreadasaurus T 
Ernie Used to Box T 
Excuse Station T 
Finger Food T 
From Switzerland With Love T 
Frosted Flakes T 
Good Excuse T 
Gurka T 
Left Crack T 
Less Than Zero T 
Machete T 
Marvelous! T 
Middle Crack T 
Mud dahbber  T 
Ninja T 
No Excuse T 
Overlook, The T 
Pat's Crack T 
Pente T 
Pirate Treasure  T 
Raja T 
Rez Dawgs T 
Sharka Zulu T 
Skank on the Hanglow T 
Slot Machine T 
Sumo T 
Three Fools T 
Trust it T 
Unknown 2 pitch route left of 3 fools T 
Unknown 5.11- (really long thin hands corner) T 
Unknown Offwidth R of wigglin' worm T 
Unnamed 38 - wide to fists and kind of wavy T 
Unnamed 5.10 ( 45 in 2013 Edition) T 
Unnamed 5.10 (Bloom Route 12) - popular hands corner T 
Warm-Up Handcrack T 
Wigglin' Worm T 
Will-Mento T 

Reservoir Wall  

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Submitted By: Ben F on Nov 30, 1999
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Portions of Reservoir Wall are on private land and should not be climbed. MORE INFO >>>


This cliff stays shaded for much of the day and is good during the late spring or early fall. Overall, route concentration here isnít quite as high as some other cliffs, but route quality is.

Important - Stay off the part of the wall that faces the road. If you are looking down at the water, then you shouldnít be there. Access is touchy. Yes, there are good climbs there, but no, you donít want to ruin access for everyone and there are just a few hundred other good climbs in the Creek.

Getting There 

Go approximately 8 miles past Newspaper Rock. Pass the reservoir on your right. Just a bit further down the road and also on your right, across from the road for Beef Basin, is the parking for this wall. Pass through the gate and veer slightly right, eventually hitting a trail. There are 2 branches off this trail. The first one puts you closer to the road, near Pente and the further trail leads you to about where Excuse Station is.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

41 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Reservoir Wall:
Dr. Carl   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Warm-Up Handcrack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Carruthers-Hauser   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Unknown 5.11- (really long thin hands corner)   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Pente   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Wigglin' Worm   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   
Finger Food   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 80'   
Trust it   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Ernie Used to Box   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Slot Machine   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Excuse Station   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   
Ninja   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Overlook   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Frosted Flakes   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Gurka   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Middle Crack   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 60'   
Marvelous!   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Less Than Zero   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cyborg   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 90'   
From Switzerland With Love   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Trad, 2 pitches, 60'   
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Em getting her groove on the technical, eldo-esque...
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Resevior Wall is tall and clean, giving rise to fa...
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I believe this shot was taken looking back toward ...
The crux move on "from switzerland with love&...
The crux move on "from switzerland with love&...
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By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Nov 25, 2001
I was told (this past week) that climbing on the portions of the cliff facing the road is not a problem. However, approach as stated above and do not cross the private property. Note that this is what I "heard" and it needs to be verified as does my closure warning.
By Rob T
Sep 11, 2006
As of May of 06, Heidi(Dugout Ranch) would still prefer that climbers not climb on the front face of Resevoir. It sucks, but there are tons of walls down there, i don't think we really need to force the issue on this one.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Oct 17, 2009
Not sure if the access has changed, but it doesn't seem as if anyone is following/ know about these guidelines as there is no information actually posted at any of the bulletin boards or at the wall.
By Devin Fin
Jun 29, 2010
big rock fell around the over look speedy Gonzalez area mid June .. hope the two routs made it? this wall is coming apart. over the last ten years i have seen it falling off from pods wall to excuse station!
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