Elevation: 8,779 ft
GPS: 42.585, -108.733 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Sep 19, 2006
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

Description

The Rode Hard Wall is a great destination for climber's of all abilities. Those in search of lighter fare will enjoy the juggy slabs of Buckskin Billy and its neighbors, and the burliest of 5.13 masters will struggle with the legendary Todd Skinner's powerful roof boulder problem of Copenhagen Angel. If that's not enough, there are also a couple of projects, and some fine bouldering in the aspen glen to the south.

This wall has been enjoyed for decades, and is home to The Wild Iris' first bolted route, Rode Hard and Put Up Wet. These routes are not only some of the oldest, but also some of the best. Wind & Rattlesnakes is considered one of the best routes in Wyoming of any grade, and Easy Ridin' is one of the most popular moderates at The Wild Iris.

Although this crag faces South like the rest of the areas at The Main Wall, a dense forest at the base, a large roof overhead, and the somewhat concave shape of the wall provides substantially more shade than nearby areas. When Cowboy Poetry is baking in the stale sun only a few hundred feet to the East, this crag is often cool & breezy.

The cliff is not as tall as Cowboy Poetry, and the smaller collection of routes provides a more cozy atmosphere. There are three basic varieties of stone here, all top notch. On the left end of the cliff, the pure white rock is extremely monolithic, with very few features of any kind (until the highly pocketed roof is reached). The central section offers highly featured "dirty" yellow rock, with a number of cracks & flakes. To the right is a highly pocketed slab of black & white streaked stone.

Getting There

Follow the main track from the parking lot. After only a few minutes, a single track trail, marked by a sign heads to the right. One option is to follow this trail, which heads directly to the Cowboy Poetry cliff, then head left along the cliff-base trail to the Rode Hard Wall.

The other option is to stay on the main track, to the bottom of a large depression, and follow the fork to the right. This trail leads directly to the Five Ten Wall. From this wall, turn right, following the cliff-base trail a short distance to the Rode Hard Wall. Both options take about the same amount of time, though the latter is more exposed to the elements on the high plain.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rode Hard Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V6 7A
 3
Frankenstein
Boulder
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
3:10 To Yuma
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 204
Easy Ridin'
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Merlin Hulbert
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 36
Belle Star
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 49
Arizona Cowgirl
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 64
Nine Horse Johnson
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 259
Wind and Rattlesnakes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 104
Tomahawk Slam
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 21
Windy West
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 20
Rode Hard and Put Up Wet
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 27
Full Circle
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 15
Copenhagen Angel
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Frankenstein
 3
V6 7A Boulder
3:10 To Yuma
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Easy Ridin'
 204
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Merlin Hulbert
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Belle Star
 36
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Arizona Cowgirl
 49
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Nine Horse Johnson
 64
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Wind and Rattlesnakes
 259
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tomahawk Slam
 104
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Windy West
 21
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rode Hard and Put Up Wet
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Full Circle
 27
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Copenhagen Angel
 15
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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