Elevation: 6,388 ft
GPS: 40.003, -105.297 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Patrick Vernon on Dec 31, 2000 with improvements by Matth Person
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac


Across the road and [uphill] from the parking lot for the [Monkey Traverse] area. Follow a trail northeast to a large boulder with many pebbles, [Red Wall] is up and northeast past two smaller bolcks. It is a dead vertical wall with pockets, undercut, a tree on the right and 12 feet tall.

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Does anyone know the history of the line on the left-most side of Red Wall? It's the sit-start one that starts with left hand in the deep pocket and right-hand on the crimp (you can see these in the above photo).Alternatively, you can add a traverse start from the crimps below the heel-hook jug of Center Left.I think this is a great line but have seen very few people do it. Sep 16, 2004
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
what I can tell you Michael is that there are a couple of vertical sit-down-start problems on the left side of Red Wall.

the furthest left starts with your right hand in the shallow pocket and left hand on an edge, pimp straight up on pebbles, crimps and a shallow divot or two. I refer to this as Left Side V4. FWIW, I remember Benningfield mentioning a V4 on the left side of Red Wall (although I'm not sure he called it Left Side) and Pat Ament also mentions a line he did over there in 1967 in one or more of his guides, but I doubt he did a sds in 1967.

the other problem (AND THE ONE YOU ARE APPARENTLY REFERRING TO) begins from a sds with your left hand in the pocket, right hand on an obvious crimp. start feet low then probably heel hook up and right on the high-but-really-good edge (this is THE KEY for me). move both hands up from that position a couple of times and you've got it. I've been told this is a CG problem, although I've yet to get more specifics from CG on it. I believe its about V5/6 (assuming Varney Direct is V6 not V5).

oh, the obscurity of Flagstaff Mountain. enjoy. flame on.

Sep 16, 2004
Ted Lanzano
Boulder, CO
Ted Lanzano   Boulder, CO
Another way to use the pocket that Michael refers to (on the lower left side of the Red Wall) is via the Red Wall Traverse (I think that's the name). This starts towards the right side of the wall and works left on the lower jugs to a stab to the left pocket (crux). Top out from there. Probably around V7. Sep 23, 2004
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
There is also an unreal left to right traverse beginning on the far left and traversing right all the way into ... Right Side. Getting into Right Side via the traverse is VERY difficult. Peter Beal indicated to me this traverse was in the neighborhood V9/10, but I suspect it might be even harder (no offense Peter), as Right Side is very hard to get into from any holds other than the starting holds.

For a more reasonable? challenge, traverse right into Moffet Direct (the direct start for Varney Direct). This IS more like V9 or 10. Whatever, have fun with these variations to the obvious lines.

peace out Sep 23, 2004
Northglenn, CO
llamaface   Northglenn, CO
Does anyone know the name/grade of the two move wonder problem on the east side of this block? It's a lonely problem on the back of the boulder.... Jan 2, 2009
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
For all you ever wanted to know about Red Wall and more, go to:


The Red Wall is at/near the bottom. Jan 4, 2009
misha zavalov
Boulder, Co.
misha zavalov   Boulder, Co.
Yo, Llamaface, backside of Redwall prob is called Sleeper -V7-. Dec 29, 2009
Carbondale, co
jmapping   Carbondale, co
Redwall routes. Sep 19, 2010