Elevation: 7,273 ft
GPS: 38.583, -107.706 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 35,042 total · 148/month
Shared By: Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

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.

L->R:


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.
E. 
King Me, 10
, gear.

6 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Checkerboard Wall

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5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 236
The Maiden Voyage aka The Red Di…
Trad 5 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 75
King Me
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 82
Checkerboard Wall
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Maiden Voyage aka The R…
 236
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
King Me
 75
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Checkerboard Wall
 82
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
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