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Routes in Contest Wall

9 to 5 S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Agent Orange S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Apple Bites Back, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Apple Jam T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Aretissima S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Armistice (AKA The Armisist) S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Awakenings S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Big Froggy S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Bitten by a Manpris S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cactus Carrie S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Cactus Drop S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cattle Prod S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Cave Troll S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cumulocrimpus S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Curious George S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dead Tree Crack S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dough Boys S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dune, The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Energizer S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Enterprise S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Farts of Horsemen S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Fossil Fueled S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gotham City S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Grand Cru S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Here Comes Midnight With The Dead Moon In Its Jaws S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hide n' Seek S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
High Pockets S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Holy Sheath S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
It Takes a Village S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
It's Miller Time S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Jelly Bellies S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Jump for Cholla T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Knot Head S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lime and Punishment S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Limestone Lady S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Limestone Politician S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Liquid Pork S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
List, The S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Little Mecca S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Little Red Badge of Courage S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Little Wolfie S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Metropolis S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Monster Man S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
New Route (a.k.a. Black Rib) S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No Place For a Lady S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
No Place for a Gentleman S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
No Tomorrow S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Not So Killer Bees S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Opportunist, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Perilous S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Pesko Sour S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Phase Dance S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pocket Laureate S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Porkus Non Grata S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Primal Urge S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Regroovable S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Renaissance S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
River of Rabbits S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rodao S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Scary Carrie S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shithouse Traverse V0- 4-
Short Slaughter S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Silverado S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Single Gun Theory S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Slamdance Cosmopolis S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Slipper Queen S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Spice is Nice S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Spike aka BR 1 S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Spinney Dan S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sprayburn S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sticks And Stones S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Strangeways T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Suburbia S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Taos Hum S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Time Square S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tinsel Town aka BR 2? S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Top Fun S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Tortuga S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Trick-or-Treat TR 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Truancy S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Turbo Road S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Vail Athletic Club S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Wee Man S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
You Snooze, You Lose S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Zia S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Description [Suggest Change]

East facing side of Sand Gulch with a variety of decent and classic routes. Classics include (but not limited to) Suburbia 10c, Spinney Dan 10c, Little Mecca 12a/b, Regrooveable 11b, Cactus Drop 10d, You Snooze you Lose 11b/c. Morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Approach via trail from the Sand Gulch Campground. Branches left from the dry wash up short and steeply to the south end of this east facing wall. Another trail crosses from the north end of Freeform Wall down into the wash and back up to the north end of Contest Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Contest Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 138
The Opportunist
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 104
Tinsel Town aka BR 2?
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 277
Enterprise
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 126
The Dune
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 88
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 95
The List
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 290
Suburbia
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 208
Spinney Dan
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 128
Cactus Drop
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 58
High Pockets
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 163
Regroovable
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 110
Silverado
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 115
Metropolis
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 67
Phase Dance
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 56
Little Mecca
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Opportunist
 138
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Tinsel Town aka BR 2?
 104
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Enterprise
 277
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Dune
 126
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)
 88
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The List
 95
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Suburbia
 290
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Spinney Dan
 208
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cactus Drop
 128
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
High Pockets
 58
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Regroovable
 163
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Silverado
 110
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Metropolis
 115
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Phase Dance
 67
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Little Mecca
 56
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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There have been many changes made to the routes on this cliff. For example, bolts changed from homemade to modern, bolts added, new starts added, anchors changed and trees removed. Always count the bolts to verify actual number; or just carry a few extra, many routes have three added bolts if they were runout before. You can also look for route names and grades written on the rock at the start of many new routes.

Any guidebook you have will be very out of date. Oct 6, 2003
"route names and grades written on the rock" - are you insane? May 7, 2004
I was just at the Contest Wall last month, and I found the new guidebook by Fred Knapp/Rick Thompson/Rich Aschert to be quite helpful and accurate. It's called Shelf Road Rock, put out by Sharp End Publishing, should be easy to find. May 17, 2006
We were at Contest Wall this weekend, and there seemed to be lots of activity, including new bolting. Any information about new routes since the Knapp/Thompson/Aschert guide? Nov 10, 2009
May have lost full rack of sport gear. 14 quickdraws, a green Cinch. Please contact if it was found and not stolen. 8609386166 Aug 26, 2017

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