Description

The Vault consists of two cliff bands lying roughly between Cactus Cliff and the Bank. The area faces East & NE, and so gets good sun in the morning, and shade in the afternoon. Most routes are short in contrast to walls like the 2150 or Cactus Cliff, but what they lack in height they make up in quality. The left crag, a rough continuation of the Bank, consists of numerous little buttresses creating an opportunity for corner, face, and arete climbs in a fairly compact area. While nothing here is particularly far away from the more popular walls, there is usually a feeling of isolation at The Vault that makes for a satisfying excursion. As winter rears its ugly head, we frequently head for The Vault just to keep the summer feeling hanging on a bit longer. The northern, NE-facing end of the wall is sometimes referred to as "The Gem Wall".

Getting There

From the parking above The Bank, take the road down toward The Bank for ~ 100 yds, then turn right onto the new trail to Cactus Cliff. After ~5 minutes join the recently closed road, heading towards Cactus Cliff. When the road levels off and turns hard right, locate a good trail on the left, immediately south of the new bathroom. Follow this trail for 1 minute up hill to the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Vault

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 119
Chip Off the Block
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 65
Fire It Up
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 82
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 39
Tryptophan
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Flight Stimulator
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 84
Stress Rehearsal
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 43
Illusions
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 58
Jewel Of The Wild
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Potato Chipper
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 54
Ewetopia
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 26
Pubic Zirconium
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 30
Family Jewels
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 28
14 Carats
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
Precious Stone
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
The Gem
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chip Off the Block
 119
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fire It Up
 65
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
My Testosterone Poisoned Fr…
 82
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tryptophan
 39
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Flight Stimulator
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stress Rehearsal
 84
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Illusions
 43
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Jewel Of The Wild
 58
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Potato Chipper
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Ewetopia
 54
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pubic Zirconium
 26
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Family Jewels
 30
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
14 Carats
 28
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Precious Stone
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Gem
 16
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Stefan Griebel
Boulder, Colorado
Stefan Griebel   Boulder, Colorado
I left my Canon S400 Elph digital camera in this area on the weekend of 10/22/05. I posted to the lost and found section as well, but I thought I'd add a post here in case someone didn't see the lost and found. I'll offer at least $50 reward. climbingdreams at hotmail.com

Thanks,Stefan Nov 1, 2005
Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
Doug Lintz   Kearney, NE
Our group saw two rattlesnakes near the base of Ewetopia last weekend, one actually spit venom on my friend's leg. Stay alert out there. Sep 23, 2009
Adam Block
Colorado Springs, CO
Adam Block   Colorado Springs, CO
This area has more worthy 12-s than The Bank and Cactus combined. With great warm-ups and shade after 11am, this place still sees very few crowds! Come get it! Aug 6, 2017