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Routes in Pipeline Wall

Ame's Way S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Black and Tan S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Can't Touch This S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Contortionist S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Crystal Cruise S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crystal Squeeze S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dangler S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dolittle Does Something S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Dreams of Ambition S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
High Motivation S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Rock Cobbler S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rocksteady T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Shark Skin Leisure Suit S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Skylight Arete S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Whip or Will S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Whipping Post S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
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Description

This is a great group of climbs just east of Bridal Veil Falls. It has some of the best views of the valley that can be had in Telluride. Accessible in mid-spring to fall time, the road is closed in that winter, but climbing here then wouldn't be ideal anyways. It can snow in any month of the year, so be careful and have a quick excape plan always. There is not a lot of action in terms of climbing, but the road can be practically overrun by tourist in the festival season.

Getting There

Follow CO 145 through Telluride and out the east end of town. The road will turn to dirt about 1.5 miles outside of town at the Idarado Mine. Follow the dirst road switchbacking for about 2 miles. A highclearance vehicle is ideal. Park two stichbacks above the bottom of the falls in a small, but prominent turn out. Cross the large stream on the bridge leading away from the falls and follow the trail along the cliff face to the climbs. If you can not drive the road, park at the bottom of the road and hike to the turnout and crag.

Per chris berdoulay: Drive or hike until you are at the switchback at the base of the falls. Continue hiking to the next switchback (where it turns back toward the falls). Continue straight through the switchback (hiking away from the falls), over a bridge and toward an old mine. If you find yourself looking over the falls you've gone to far. The wall is past the mine.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pipeline Wall

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Rock Cobbler
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
Ame's Way
Sport 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Skylight Arete
Sport 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Crystal Squeeze
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Crystal Cruise
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Rocksteady
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 7
Contortionist
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
High Motivation
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Whipping Post
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rock Cobbler
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Ame's Way
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches
Skylight Arete
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 3 pitches
Crystal Squeeze
 3
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Crystal Cruise
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rocksteady
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Contortionist
 7
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
High Motivation
 12
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Whipping Post
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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I think the directions are a little off. Drive or hike until you are at the switchback at the base of the falls. Continue hiking to the next switchback (where it turns back toward the falls). Continue straight through the switchback (hiking away from the falls), over a bridge and toward an old mine. If you find yourself looking over the falls you've gone to far. The wall is past the mine. Aug 16, 2010
Does anyone have any beta on the sport routes above and below? the via's Main Event? I've seen at least a few routes above and was told there were a couple multipitch sport routes leading up the face to the via... grades?? Oct 10, 2014
dahigdon
phoenix, Az
dahigdon   phoenix, Az
Anybody know how long of a hike it is to the routes..? In either time or distance? My girlfriend and I will be passing through and I was wondering if this was something we could hike out to and climb a route rather quickly... say in an hour or two....

Thanks! Jul 19, 2015
Parker Wrozek
Denver, CO
Parker Wrozek   Denver, CO
Might be a bit late for you, but the actual hike is maybe 20 min if you can drive all the way up. Aug 11, 2015
Hello! I left a blue rope by the bridge right off the via ferrata trail yesterday, and I've been looking for it! If you picked it up, PLEASE call or text at 303-881-5420. Jun 24, 2018

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