Elevation: 9,663 ft
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Jan 7, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The Grotto Wall, with its historic and appealing Cryogenic Corner and John Sherman's highballing masterpiece The Ineditable, is the centerpiece of the Pass. The climbing here ranges from pure sport (Space Sluts in the Slammer) to Mixed (Exotic Headache) and classics are represented at just about every grade from 5.7 to 5.13+. The wall faces due south and can be quite hot on bright summer days, but does hold shade through mid-day on its left side.

The Upper Grotto Wall, a 15 minute slog up steep talus above the Lower Grotto has some great routes as well. This is a good place to get familiar with the pass and is useful for orienting oneself and finding the other crags. Routes range from 1-3 pitches in length.

Getting There

I'm not sure about the exact mileage, but the Grotto Wall is roughly nine miles from the end of Aspen proper (measure from the City Market). It is the obvious white and black towering wall on the left as you drive up the Pass from Aspen and has a nice parking lot/pull-out on the north (left) side of the road in which to park. This pull-out is tucked into an ess curve and attracts lots of tourists, so be prepared for an audience during busy weekends in the summer.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Grotto Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 36
Grotto Wall Traverse
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 140
Twin Cracks
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 32
Stranger Than Fiction
Trad, Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 140
Cryogenics
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Stand By Your Van
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 76
One for the Road
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 35
Under Pressure
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Espresso Love
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 12
The Engagement
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 14
Space Sluts in the Slammer
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 13
Victims of Fashion
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Headless Crankin' Chicken
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Tarzan
Sport 2 pitches
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
Scene of the Crime
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 5
Before There Were Nine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grotto Wall Traverse
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Twin Cracks
 140
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stranger Than Fiction
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Cryogenics
 140
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Stand By Your Van
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
One for the Road
 76
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Under Pressure
 35
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Espresso Love
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Engagement
 12
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Space Sluts in the Slammer
 14
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Victims of Fashion
 13
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Headless Crankin' Chicken
 3
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Tarzan
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport 2 pitches
Scene of the Crime
 9
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Before There Were Nine
 5
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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