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Elevation: 6,808 ft 2,075 m
GPS: 38.818, -108.60118
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Shared By: Bryson Slothower on Nov 25, 2001
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This area has excellent traditional crack climbing and great bouldering on the metamorphic granite/gneiss canyon walls and large Burro sandstone blocks of Unaweep Canyon half an hour from Grand Junction. The routes ascend canyon walls via cracks of all sizes and difficulties for up to nine pitches. Lines are clean and sustained; thousands of interesting options exist.

The potential for new routes seems limitless, and many of the the existing routes feel like first ascents due to low traffic and the large absence of fixed gear. Bouldering is even more vast and varied. Roadside blocks of solid Burro sandstone offer a lifetime of challenges on very interesting rock in a quiet setting. There are over 30 established cliffs in the canyon, but many are on private property. Great care must be taken not to offend the residents and locals of Unaweep Canyon, as much of the climbing access lies at their mercy.

The Sunday Wall and Hidden Valley Wall offer excellent routes and are located on Access Fund property. The Mother Buttresses offer some of the best and longest climbs in the canyon and are also very deserving of a visit. Climbs can be selected for their exposure, so climbing in Unaweep is possible on almost any dry day.

This area is rich in climbing being close to The Black Canyon, Ouray, Colorado Monument, Redstone, etc.

There are a few bolted sport climbs in the area concentrated mostly on Sunday Wall, but for the most park, expect sustained crack climbing with the occasional runout. The cracks range from splitter hand cracks through steep faces to gaping offwidths, to desperate face moves, so bring a good selection of traditional gear with a few extras depending on the climb. Long runners, RPs, and often times an offwidth piece are critical. Many routes have difficult route finding due to the numerous options. The rock can take a little getting used to. Many descents entail very involved walkoffs and downclimbs. Don't expect much fixed gear, but some do have bolted rappel stations.

This is a beautiful and undisturbed part of Colorado and needs to be treated with the utmost respect. Do not leave trash, park on private property, chip anything, or be overly stupid. The Canyon is also an interesting geologial formation, because it has rivers flowing out of both sides. Unaweep means "canyon with two mouths" in Ute. Here one can feel the beauty of climbing.

Eds. Note, this large area has been reorganized since it covers 40 miles of terrain.

Getting There Suggest change

Western Colorado, South of Grand Junction between Whitewater and Gateway along CO Hwy 141. From Boulder take I-70 West to Hwy 50 in Grand Junction towards Ouray (Delta, Montrose). Turn right on 141 and follow it into the Canyon. Bouldering is found on the hundreds of sandstone blocks visible from CO 141 on your way into the canyon. Sunday Wall and Hidden Valley are located on Access Fund property 2 miles West of Divide Road. Camping can be found on BLM land along Divide Road as well as along CO 141, Divide Road is cleaner and quieter but there is excellent bouldering along CO 141. Bring water.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Unaweep Canyon

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V2 5+
 41
Sage Truth
Boulder
V4 6B
 48
Knife Wrench!
Boulder
V5- 6C
 126
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
Boulder
V5 6C
 30
High Five
Boulder
V5 6C
 45
Punchdance
Boulder
V6 7A
 76
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6 7A
 42
Goodbye Blue Monday
Boulder
V6 7A
 32
C.O.G
Boulder
V8 7B
 46
Route 5
Boulder
V8-9 7B+
 33
Red
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 198
Sweet Sunday Serenade
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 52
Obe Won Canobe
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 54
Unknown Pillar
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 55
Questions and Answers
Trad 3 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 20
Bridge of Air
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sage Truth Nine Mile Hill > … > Dave Loves Donn… > Royal Rock
 41
V2 5+ Boulder
Knife Wrench! Nine Mile Hill > … > Rock Garden Bou… > Scrubs Boulder
 48
V4 6B Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Nine Mile Hill > … > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 126
V5- 6C Boulder
High Five Nine Mile Hill > … > Pink Floyd Area > Dune Boulder
 30
V5 6C Boulder
Punchdance Nine Mile Hill > … > W Triangle > Punchdance Boulder
 45
V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Nine Mile Hill > … > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder
 76
V6 7A Boulder
Goodbye Blue Monday Nine Mile Hill > … > Southie Area > Mistress Boulder
 42
V6 7A Boulder
C.O.G Nine Mile Hill > … > Rock Garden Bou… > Chiseled Arete Boulder
 32
V6 7A Boulder
Route 5 Nine Mile Hill > … > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 46
V8 7B Boulder
Red Nine Mile Hill > … > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 33
V8-9 7B+ Boulder
Sweet Sunday Serenade Main Canyon: Un… > Access Fund Tra… > Sunday Wall
 198
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Obe Won Canobe Main Canyon: Un… > Access Fund Tra… > Hidden Valley Wall
 52
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Unknown Pillar Main Canyon: Un… > Access Fund Tra… > Sunday Wall
 54
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Questions and Answers Main Canyon: Un… > Mother's Buttress > Upper Mother's Buttress
 55
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Bridge of Air Main Canyon: Un… > Access Fund Tra… > Sunday Wall
 20
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
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