Elevation: 6,700 ft
GPS: 38.621, -105.232 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

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

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
 113
Tinsel Town aka BR 2?
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 148
The Opportunist
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 298
Enterprise
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 131
The Dune
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 94
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
The List
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 80
Dead Tree Crack
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 310
Suburbia
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 214
Spinney Dan
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 135
Cactus Drop
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 171
Regroovable
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 114
Silverado
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 120
Metropolis
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 73
Phase Dance
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 61
Little Mecca
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tinsel Town aka BR 2?
 113
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Opportunist
 148
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Enterprise
 298
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Dune
 131
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)
 94
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The List
 103
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Dead Tree Crack
 80
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Suburbia
 310
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Spinney Dan
 214
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cactus Drop
 135
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Regroovable
 171
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Silverado
 114
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Metropolis
 120
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Phase Dance
 73
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Little Mecca
 61
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