Description

The Bank is an area with a very large concentration of climbs with ratings from 5.9 to 5.13, many in the 11-12 range. Some of the best climbing at shelf is found on southern section of the right side of the bank on walls called 2150 Wall, Back to the Future Wall, and Surreal Estate Wall, likewise it is one of the most crowded areas of shelf. Just past the Bank Campground along a small BLM road, the Bank consists of the north (right) and south (left) sides of the canyon. The N side faces SW, the south faces NE. So morning shade can be found on the N side and afternoon shade on the S side.

Getting There

Park at the lot outside the Bank Campground and use the road to begin access to any of the Bank's wall unless climbing routes far to the North in this canyon (past Cactus Rose Cliff on the left or #1 Super Guy and Quarry Wall on the North-right side). If you are climbing routes this farther up (north) the canyon it is possible to drive this bumpy dirt road and park past the climbs where the parking restrictions end. To reach the first 3 walls on the North side of the Bank take the obvious trail off the right side of the road continuing straight (immediate right fork leads to the Dark Side - Luke, I AM your Father). This trail leads you straight towards 2150 wall. Continue left along the cliff to reach Back to the Future and Surreal Estate Walls. Further down the road an approach trail leads left up to Cactus Rose Wall. Before the road bends left another trail leads right directly up to Surreal Estate Wall. Approach Times are 5-20 minutes.

195 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bank

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 105
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 184
B/C
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 220
jasonbecker.com
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 120
Season Down Under
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 78
Heaven is Waiting
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 90
2150 A.D.
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 139
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 158
Number 1 Super Guy
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 136
Flesh Tuxedo
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 156
Lime Street
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 170
Back To The Future
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 87
Lost Planet Airman
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 152
Unusual Weather
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 89
Staying Power
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 133
Heavy Weather
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)
 105
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
B/C
 184
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
jasonbecker.com
 220
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Season Down Under
 120
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Heaven is Waiting
 78
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
2150 A.D.
 90
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)
 139
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Number 1 Super Guy
 158
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Flesh Tuxedo
 136
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lime Street
 156
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Back To The Future
 170
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Lost Planet Airman
 87
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Unusual Weather
 152
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Staying Power
 89
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Heavy Weather
 133
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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Tongue cutters will be found sporadically here, beware. Feb 7, 2002
I made my first visit to this cliff this weekend and I have to say that the Bank is undoubtedly the finest crag at Shelf. You are likely to find a lot of solitude at the Bank these days, since the vast majority of Shelf visitors seem to flock to Cactus Cliff in droves. Oct 27, 2003
KateC  
Hi! Does anybody out there know who I should contact about new route development at Shelf?

We managed to pry our Vedauwoo bum friend out of a crack and drag him to shelf last weekend, and all he could say while we were wandering lost around the Bank was "Wow! Check out that offwidth!" and "Oh man! That chimney would be sweet! Why did you tell me not to bring gear?!?"

So now we need to find out who to contact to see if we get any FA's or the right to add rap anchors above some fat cracks.

Please send info to kate@colocalders.com. Thanks! Sep 27, 2005
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Does anyone know the name of the other routes in the alcove containing "Will Purr for Treats"? Apr 12, 2010
GabeO
New Haven, CT
GabeO   New Haven, CT
Does anyone know the names and grades of either of these routes? 1 - Just left of Crab Nation on Piggy Bank. It's just right of The Apple Cracks (SLIM). 2 - A shorty just right of #1 Super Guy. Thanks! Mar 7, 2011
GebeO: This is a little late, but you can get updated info on the Piggy Bank and other surrounding rocks atclimbingpamphlet.com Oct 14, 2012
Matt Powers
Madison, VA
Matt Powers   Madison, VA
To reiterate what GabeO said, what's the route to the right of #1 Super Guy? Grade? It's 3 bolts, about 30 ft. I have a photo below, was hoping to get the route on here.

EDIT: The route is Ussen, and has been added to The Bank. May 22, 2013
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Anyone know the name of the route squeezed between Tribal Boundary and Primal Scream? Apr 28, 2014
E Johnson
Boulder, CO
E Johnson   Boulder, CO
There is a new route right of Sty in the Sky, left of Project Focus? Any info on it? Mar 29, 2015
sab160
Denver, CO
sab160   Denver, CO
Someone took my climbing shoes today, Oct. 25 climbing at The Bank, Piggy Gank. A family was climbing next to us with a teenage girl, they moved away, and I'm pretty sure they grabbed my shoes by accident. I would love to get them back, they're La Sportiva grey/metallicy color (206)602-4328. Thanks Oct 25, 2015
Lost a white, Petzel helmet and a pair of belay glasses climbing 2150 Wall last weekend (11/11) near Primal Scream. There was a guy that had a very similar green backpack, and we're thinking we might've put some of our stuff in his bag! If you find anything extra, please let me know- lojaeger@gmail.com. Nov 18, 2017
Picked up a nice pair of crutches at the Bank parking lot on 1-18-18. Would like to get them back to the owner. Jan 19, 2018
LOST a handmade chalk bucket with an S-biner attached, a brush, and a rabbit's foot (for good luck duh?). I think I left it at 2150 Wall last weekend (4/29) somewhere between Aoxamoxoa and 2150 AD. You can take the chalk, but please if you find this, let me know. May 7, 2018