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Routes in The Checkerboard Wall

Checkerboard Wall T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
King Me T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Maiden Voyage aka The Red Dihedral, The T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Monkey and the Engineer T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ouiji Board T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
UNO! T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
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Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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The Checkerboard wall is a small (for the Black!), oval-shaped cliff just upstream from the North Chasm View Wall and the Cruise Gully. It is about 500 feet high, and thin, somewhat faint intersecting bands of pegmatite are the reason for the name. The main wall faces south, is very smooth, and has a noticeable lack of crack systems; the Checkerboard Wall route climbs the only feature passing for such, angling up and right across the face. The narrow west face is less-attractive looking but has more cracks, including the continuous Maiden Voyage system just left of the SW corner of the wall; this was (duh) the wall's first route.

Getting There

Approach by descending the Cruise Gully. Halfway between the campground and ranger station on the rim, find a path into the woods which is now marked with a sign indicating the Cruise Gully. Follow the steep gully down past 2 sets of rappels (currently sporting a fixed line at the first) to where it opens out into bushy talus. Checkerboard Wall lies just east, situated midway between the canyon rim and bottom.

From the summit block, one can rappel 80' from slings to the west, or down-climb the last pitch of Maiden Voyage in the same area. A forested ledge leads north across the top of steep gully to some forested gullies which offer access to the rim; the west-most gully is best, and a ramp and ridge to the west of it (4th class) are another alternative.


A. Monkey and the Engineer, 10-
, gear.

B. The Maiden Voyage aka The Red Dihedral, 9
, gear.
C. Ouiji Board, 12
, gear.

D. Checkerboard Wall, 10
, gear.
King Me, 10
, gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Checkerboard Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
The Maiden Voyage aka The Red Di…
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
King Me
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Checkerboard Wall
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Maiden Voyage aka The R…
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
King Me
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Checkerboard Wall
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
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Petaluma California
stevecurtis   Petaluma California
Be prepared to run it out on 5.9 here. Challenging and excellent climbing. Watch for a lack of lichen to find the easiest line. Requires small cams and RPs. Jun 15, 2007
denise 911
fort collins, co
denise 911   fort collins, co
As of June 2008 there were static ropes on both the rappels of Cruise Gully. I can't speak for the condition of the ropes or how long they have been there (we used our own). Poison Ivy at bottom of the first rap.
Also the trail sign isn't visible from the road, however it is a fairly well worn trail (and don't let talk of the rap stations mislead you - still a fair amount of scrambling/downclimbing before you get to them) Jun 8, 2008
Jeremy Werlin
Cedaredge, CO
Jeremy Werlin   Cedaredge, CO
The fixed ropes (11mm static) are maintained by local climbers and are presently in good shape. Jun 10, 2011

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