Elevation: 6,900 ft
GPS: 38.633, -105.23 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Dec 31, 2000 with 3 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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.

191 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
 135
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 298
jasonbecker.com
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 102
Lick and a Promise
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 97
Heaven is Waiting
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 178
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 188
Number 1 Super Guy
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 175
Flesh Tuxedo
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 220
Lime Street
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 205
Back To The Future
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 121
Lost Planet Airman
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 189
Unusual Weather
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 110
Staying Power
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 84
Taping Tendons
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 162
Heavy Weather
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 69
No Rest For the Wicked
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)
 135
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
jasonbecker.com
 298
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lick and a Promise
 102
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Heaven is Waiting
 97
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)
 178
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Number 1 Super Guy
 188
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Flesh Tuxedo
 175
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lime Street
 220
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Back To The Future
 205
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Lost Planet Airman
 121
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Unusual Weather
 189
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Staying Power
 110
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Taping Tendons
 84
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Heavy Weather
 162
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
No Rest For the Wicked
 69
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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Sun & Shade

Routes Mostly Face: South · Southwest
Sunny Roughly 10am to 8pm during high season
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Details: Holds shade til late morning all year. Early AM sun on the far right side, e.i.Toasty Corner alcove. Plentiful sunshine dawn to dusk at the left end (The Bank Rob and Piggy Bank sectors) Good trees at most of the belays.

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