Sunshine Buttess (aka Wichita Wall) Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Wichita Wall topo, 9/12.
This is a south-facing, multi-pitch wall that is comprised of slab, face, and roofs. It may also be known as the Sunshine Wall. It gets excellent sun and is perfect for late Spring through Fall. The rock is high quality gneiss with some exfoliation on the slabby areas. It is only 1/4 mile away from the popular White Cliff and is soon to be a similar, popular destination. I have divided the wall into 3 areas, West, Central, and East walls. Unlike White Cliff, the West and Central walls are not recommended for dogs or kids as a slip here would result in a 60-100'+ fall down steep slabs and ledges. It seems that Wichita Wall also hosts a few more challenging lines as compared to White Cliff. The approach talus is large, stable, and lichen covered but, when wet, acts like ice.
The majority of the climbing here is MIXED, and a standard, single set of cams and nuts are needed for leading some of the routes here. Since this is a multi-pitch area and I have set up the 1st pitches with anchors, keep in mind that toproping is acceptable so long as you are not impeding the opportunity for other climbers to lead through to the upper pitches. Please be courteous and allow climbers to lead through so that they may access the routes above. This pertains to routes like Scotch on the Rocks
and the 1st pitch of Free Fall
, 10+, 2p, 180', gear.
above and right of A. Wichita Skyline
, 10, 1p, bolts.
above and right of A. Unnamed Arete
, 9+, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
B? Above All, 9+, 2p?, solo or TR?
, 10+, 2p.
above & right of C. Kanarado Korner / Jam Crack Route
, 10, 1p, bolts & gear.
D. Scotch On The Rocks
, 7, 1p, 100', bolts.
E? Paradise Lost, 6 R, 2p?
F. Free Fall
, 10, 2p, bolts & gear.
G. Zig Zag
/ Gully, 6, 3p, gear.
H. The Gecko
, 9, 1p, 120', bolts & gear.
above H. Can Do
, 7, 1p, 70', gear.
, 7 R, 1p, 120', gear.
I2? Variation, 9 R.
JH. [, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Goofer's Roof aka Roof Right
, 8, 1p, 70', gear.
LJ1. Center Roof, 8 R, 2p.
M. Dirty Sanchez
, 6, 1p, 70', gear.
for another topo and here
for an archived guide.
From Exit 201 in Frisco, travel West on I-70 for approximately 0.2 miles (passing the old mine ruins on the right). As you merge into traffic, turn on your right turn signal and ride the shoulder. Soon you will come to a small, grassy clearing. Park here. You know you are in the correct location when you see the sign (soon to come) denoting the parking area marking the Wichita Wall and the Ding Dong Dome, attached to the old high-power line pole "stump". Currently there is an old shoe atop the "stump". Follow cairns up the large talus to a path through the aspens to the wall. The trail splits, heading left will take you to the West and Central walls, heading right will bring you to the East Wall. To gain the West and Central walls, the trail brings you to a 6 step iron ladder and fixed line. This leads you under the Central wall and continues on to the West wall, 60m left.
Weather station 4.1 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sunshine Buttess (aka Wichita Wall)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunshine Buttess (aka Wichita Wall):
Zig Zag 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 240'
The Gecko 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Free Fall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
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The Gecko 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
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This is a great mixed line following steepening slab to a fine crack. You could continue up another pitch (25-30m) to the top through easy 5.6-7 trad climbing to a 2-bolt anchor atop Zig Zag. Climb on in honor of the "Gecko", you will be missed, catch you on the other side, buddy! Can Do is the 2nd pitch of this route that heads up through broken terrain to a 2-bolt anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Zig Zag start. A lot of variations available.
The Roadside Sign looking up at the Wichita Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Wichita Wall from the parking area.
The upper sign with Wichita Wall and Ding Dong Dom...
BETA PHOTO: Pull in just before the 65mph sign.
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