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14 Carats S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Breakfast in Bhopal S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Chip Off the Block S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Easy Money S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Enola Gay T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ewetopia S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Family Jewels S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Fire It Up S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Flight Stimulator S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Follow Me Tuolumne S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gem, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Handyman T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Holiday In Cambodia S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Illusions S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Jewel Of The Wild S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lucy in the Sky S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Ministry of the Almighty Crimp S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Change S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Potato Chipper S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Precious Stone S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pubic Zirconium S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Smoldering Horse Flesh S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sonic Youth S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Splitting the Stone S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Stinger S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Stress Rehearsal S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Sunrise Arete S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Topaz S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tottering into Antiquity S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Traditional Trickery T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tryptophan S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Welcome to Yosemite T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
What's the Combo? S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
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Elevation: 6,900 ft
GPS: 38.633, -105.224 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 16,773 total, 29/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 1969
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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
Chip Off the Block
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fire It Up
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Tryptophan
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Flight Stimulator
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Stress Rehearsal
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Illusions
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Jewel Of The Wild
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Potato Chipper
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Ewetopia
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pubic Zirconium
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Family Jewels
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
14 Carats
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Precious Stone
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
The Gem
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chip Off the Block 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fire It Up 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
My Testosterone Poisoned Fr… 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tryptophan 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Flight Stimulator 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stress Rehearsal 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Illusions 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Jewel Of The Wild 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Potato Chipper 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Ewetopia 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pubic Zirconium 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Family Jewels 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
14 Carats 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Precious Stone 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Gem 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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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
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
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

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