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Routes in The Sports Wall

Balkan Dirt Diving T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Beginner Sports T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Changing Corners Dihedral T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Coffin Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Generation Gap S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Happiness of Pursuit S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
My Generation S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Number 5 Crack T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pet Semetary T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Rufus' Roof Variation aka Climbing Sports T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Slabtastic T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
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The Sports Wall is an unlikely looking, but quite fine, West-facing crag. It sits a tad back of the tunnel entrance. There are at least three good bolted lines at 5.11 and 5.12 along with several moderate trad lines. For many years, The Sports Wall was frequently a climbers first introduction to Clear Creek, and most came away with the sense that Clear Creek was only for the hard core. While that is no longer true, The Sports Wall does not offer much for the moderate climber but a rather uninteresting 5.6 trad line on the left; lots better trad in Clear Creek. The main bolted lines, however, offer some fine tricky climbing on solid rock.

Getting There

From the intersection between CO 93 and CO 58 head West along Clear Creek. Park immediately after the first tunnel at 3/4 mi. There is very little room for parking, usually no more than a few cars. If things do get crowded, more parking can be had 1/4 mi ahead on the South side of the road. The Sports Wall is accessed from a trail that starts on the South side of the road, just where the guard rail begins.


A. Number 5 Crack, 8, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
B. Slabtastic, 8 PG-13, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
C. The Happiness of Pursuit, 10, 1p, bolts & gear.
D. Unknown, 8 PG-13, 1p, gear.
E. Unknown, 9-, 1p, gear.
FH. My Generation, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Happiness of Pursuit, 10 PG-13, 1p, 40', bolts & pin.
H. Generation Gap, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
HI. Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, 12, 1p, 70', bolts +/- gear.
I. Balkan Dirt Diving, 12-, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
J. Pet Semetary, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Coffin Crack, 9, 1p, 83', gear.
LM. Rufus' Roof, 12, 1p, TR.
M. Olaf's Roof, 11 R, 1p, gear.
NM1. Rufus' Roof Variation, 10, 1p, gear.
NM2. Rufus' Roof Variation Variation, 1p.
O. Changing Corners Dihedral, 7, 1p, 65', gear or TR..
P. Beginner Sports, 5, 1p, 55', gear or TR.

Rattlesnake Alert!

Per Michael Underwood: there are often rattlesnakes here.

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Denver, CO
SteveZ   Denver, CO
Just a note on the approach...walk further than you would think on the big flat trail before turning uphill. Go past the wall to a noticeable trail heading up hill. It will take you to the right side of the wall. Jan 22, 2013
Dan S.
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Dan S.   Red Feather Lakes, CO
Today I noticed more anchors have been set while I was venturing at the top of this crag. Anchors were set at the top of Coffin Crack. Anchors were set 10 feet right of the Rufus' Roof Variation (see beta photo). Anchors were set about 30 feet to the right of Rufus' Roof Variation. I climbed the Rufus' Roof Variation up until the last 15 feet where I wandered right towards the anchors. Probably 5.6. If no one has claimed a name then I would like to call it the Rufus' Roof Variation Variation. Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Capps
Golden, CO
Kevin Capps   Golden, CO
Thanks for the beta photo. I added those much needed anchors over 2 years ago. Please enjoy clipping them :) Apr 7, 2014
Michael Underwood
Denver, CO
Michael Underwood   Denver, CO
One more note on the approach. I've ventured up to The Sports Wall about three times during summer months, and all three times I've nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Keep a close watch on where you're putting your hands and feet! Jun 30, 2017
John RB
Superior, CO
John RB   Superior, CO
I've been up to Sports Wall maybe 15 times in the past year and never once seen a snake on the approach, at the base, or on top, but I avoid this crag in the summer: It bakes after 11am. May 9, 2018

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