Elevation: 6,600 ft
GPS: 39.739, -105.323 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

The Mission Wall is a large dark presence in Clear Creek Canyon that sits just across the river from the Wall of The '90s. Facing North and East, the crag sees little action, and coupled with the present need to wade the creek is never likely to be very popular. However, the brooding presence of The Mission Wall in the winter takes on a much more alluring character in the heat of the summer when it can be the most inviting place in Clear Creek. The crag hosts some of the more difficult lines in Clear Creek and some of the longest. The rock is not overall the best, but the routes that have gone in are largely on very nice stone. Presently two long three pitch routes exist along with a two pitch line and several single pitch routes. Over the years, some powerful guns have established the major routes. Jimmy Surette, Steve Landin, Greg Purnell have all put up fine routes between 5.12 and middle 5.13. A few easier lines exist as well.

Getting There

The Mission Wall lies just West of tunnel two in Clear Creek Canyon. Parking can be had in the same spot used for The Wall of The '90s, that although once generous, has been recently reduced by the CDOT. Access to The Mission Wall has always been a problem. In a good year, the Tyrolean traverses remain in place long enough to get in some good climbing days on The Mission Wall. In a bad year, such as last year, they all get chopped. All of the half dozen Tyroleans put in place by Greg Purnell in 2000 have been vandalized or chopped. Presently, we have no good answer for this dilemma.

For the wire tyrolean, a metal pulley is recommended to avoid chewing through your carabiners. Safety glasses or sunglasses will help with the metal shavings, too.

L->R: (in progress)

Ground level:

A. It's Not You, It's Me, 9+, 3p, 200', gear.
B. Ride the Snake, 9+, 2p, 140', bolts & gear.
C. Gneiss Route, 12-, 2p, bolts.
D. Billy, 11, 1p, 120', bolts.
E. Wild Child, 11, 4p, 320', bolts.
F. Eye of the Beholder, 10, 4p, 320', bolts & gear.
G. Challenger, 11, 1p, bolts.
HG. Ground Control to Gumby One, 10-, 1p, bolts.
I. Floorshow, 12 A0, 2-4p, bolts.

120-140' up:

L. Garrett's Revenge, 12-, 2p, bolts & gear.
M. Billy The Kid, 12, bolts & gear.
N. Gneiss Roof, 9+, 2p, bolts & gear.
O. Rocketman, 12+, 2p, bolts.
P. Behind the Sun, 12, 2p, bolts. 140' & R of Floorshow.

Near the top (Surette Ledge):

R. Unknown, bolts.
S. Surette Route aka Three Points of Contact, 13, bolts.
T. Unknown, bolts.
U. Unknown, bolts.

Rattlesnakes

An adult rattler has been seen just below the scramble up to the wire tyrolean. Watch your step!

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