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Bad Monkey T,S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Casual Corner T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chimney Man T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Clever Corner T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Creepy Corner T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Crimson Corner T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Default Plan T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Entrance Route T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Garden Variety T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Gary's route T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hell In A Handbasket T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Hemlock Arete T,S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
In there like swimwear... T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
It's about Time... T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Jackpot T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Light Thoughts... T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Slim Pickins' S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Switcharoo T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Tightsqueeze T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unnamed T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Vaseline Machine Gun T 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
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If you are looking for a nice place in the backcountry to camp and climb for a couple days, then this is the place for you. However, it is also pretty reasonable to hike in and just climb for the day. There is fantastic camping down along the Linville river, with a short approach up to the crag, and great swimming holes along the river in this location. The wall faces mostly north, but is fairly well sheltered from the winds. The rock is the same high quality stuff found at Hawksbill. The routes are mostly natural, following fantastic features, including a wild freestanding pinnacle. The cliff is very small, but the quantity and quality makes it a worthy endeavour. Also, of special not: the popular bouldering area is located below the crag, extending northward towards the bridge.

Note: There have recently been a few anchor modifications to some of the routes at this crag, so some of the information listed elsewhere may not be totally accurate.

Getting There

From the west rim (Kistler Memorial Hwy), approach via Connely Cove trail. Upon reaching the river walk north for about 5-10 minutes. The approach trail is off to the left on a subtle ridge just before walking below the lower cliff band (obvious). Follow it uphill for about 200 yards until you enter through the wild chimney seperating the Spire/Pinnacle and the main wall. It should take about 45 minutes to get there. Note: One can also approach the river trail via Spence Ridge Trail. It is longer, but with much less elevation change. Generally, people approaching from the east rim would be better off seeing this route.

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Is this close to other climbing areas in the Gorge? Planning on camping there for 4 days on 4th of July weekend. Jun 10, 2013
Edward Medina
Ridgway, CO
Edward Medina   Ridgway, CO  
as the crow flies, yes. But you would have to drive a good bit to get from the West side of the gorge over to the crags on the East side. Probably just under an hour driving to get from Conley Cove Trailhead to Table Rock parking lot. Jun 11, 2013

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