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Routes in Challenger Wall

Adventure Punks T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Challenger T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Enterprise T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Explorer T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Jupiter II T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lost in Space T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Right Stuff, The T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Space Cowboys T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Voyager T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
X-15 T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R

Description

Challenger Wall is located in the South Fork of Pine Creek. It is North facing and gets shade all day. It Also gets pretty windy so bring some warm clothes for the belays in the colder months. You are pretty much guarenteed not to see any other parties on the wall but who knows with the new guide books'intrigueing photos and excellent route descriptions.

The routes on this wall were put up in the purest of style in the year of 1986 by hardmen such as Van Betten, Smith, Crawford, Nordblom, and Mamusia, so you can expect the grades to be right on. All were done ground up and with as little bolts and fixed anchors as possible. Bitty cams and rp's are nice for this wall.

Anyhow the rock is bomber and has great friction for the most part. Really comparible to that of the Texas Wall in Velvet. Although most of the routes now have bolted anchors, it's a good idea to bring some leaver sling, biners, and stoppers with you.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Getting There

Take the Pine Creek Trail Head all the way till it forks to go to Dark Shadows or Cat in the Hat. Take the South (Left) Fork towards Cat in the Hat. Once you have the option to head up towards Cat in the Hat drop in the wash towards a cairn and follow it for about fifteen minutes.

You will pass some beutiful pools and hop some boulders for a while until you see a dark brown wall on your left. A huge left facing corner system will stand out among all of the features. This is the lin of Adventure Punks. Once you see this feature keep your eyes out for some cairns because they will lead you directly to this route.

Once you get beneath Adventure Punks, keep close to the wall and head climbers left toward the parking area. You will eventually see another huge left facing corner system which is the line of X-15. This is the first route on Challenger Wall.

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Luke Stefurak
Seattle, WA
Luke Stefurak   Seattle, WA
All of the anchors on Challenger and Jupiter II are setup for rappel. They either have quicklinks and rings or quicklinks thanks to the ASCA! May 2, 2014

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