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Clearance Rack T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Grit Expectations S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Grit Some S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Grit'er Done S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gritlock S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jehovah's Gritness S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Kibbles and Grits S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
True Grit S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Description

This is a sport area with 8 easy to moderate routes (~35-55') and a 5-10 minute approach. Climbing is possible year round with cliff getting more sun in the afternoons. The rock is good quality sandstone of the Burro Canyon formation. All bolts and anchors are 1/2" x 3 3/4" power bolts.

Getting There

From Whitewater driving south on CO Hwy 141, take the third right hand pullout after mile marker 148. This is more of a short dirt road perpendicular to the highway than a road cut on the side. Good parking is available here. If you drive past the radio towers on the hill, you've gone too far. From the parking area, walk East across highway and find the old road cut. Walk up the old road taking the left switchback below the climbs to a small trail. The approach is easy, 5-10 minutes uphill.

Per Michael Schneiter: I measured it at 6.4 miles from US Highway 50 to the pullout. If you're coming from the south, it's 2.6 miles from Cactus Park.

L->R:

A. True Grit, 8, 1p, 55', bolts.
B. Kibbles and Grits, 7, 1p, 30', bolts.
C. Gritlock, 8, 1p, 35', bolts.
D. Jehovah's Gritness, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts.
E. Grit'er Done, 9, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Grit Some, 9+, 1p, 40', bolts.
G. Grit Expectations, 8, 1p, 45', bolts.
H. Clearance Rack, 7, 1p, 55', gear & bolts.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grit Wall

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Kibbles and Grits
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Kibbles and Grits 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
True Grit 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
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Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
If you're interested in mileage to help find the pullout, I measured it at 6.4 miles from US Highway 50 to the pullout. If you're coming from the south, it's 2.6 miles from Cactus Park. Apr 25, 2016
YDPL8S
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
Don't know what the climbing is like, but I vote this as the best group of route names, as a whole, that I've seen! Or should I say, they're the the Gritised! Mar 22, 2014
Just wanted to throw a shoutout to the people who set this place up. I'm just getting into climbing, and was struggling to find a good collection of sport routes to practice on near GJ. Beautiful setting, even warm enough to climb in January (New Year's Day in a long tee). Well done. Jan 1, 2014
HUGE thanks to those who put the time and effort into this area! Lots of fun, great bolt placement, and a good range of climbs to choose from. So much fun and depending on your goal for the day a great mix of climbs to choose from. Easiest walkup is first turn off past MM148, park, cross the road, and follow the obvious old road/trail to the climb. Thanks! Sep 15, 2013
There is feces, with attendant white rose of TP, all kind of brought together with a flat rock half covering the bundle, just right of the right-most route. No attempt at burial. Also in attendance yesterday were a spent female sanitary pad and copious cigarette butts. Please don't mookie so close to the routes. Please try to bury it. May 8, 2012
Bradley Mark Edwards
Grand Junction, CO
Bradley Mark Edwards   Grand Junction, CO  
I normally boulder in Unaweep and wanted to mix it up today. This was a great area! An easy approach, great views, and good face/slabs to play on. Apr 5, 2012
Had a great day here. Very fun area with cool routes. Not really seeing any significant wear on the chains, but of course style points for TRing off your 'biners for sure.

Many thanks for the great bolting and all the work. We had a super day out taking my GF's mom for her b-day. Mar 21, 2012
I am really shocked if people are actually TR-ing off the chains. Not only is that bad for the fixed gear, but it can't be very good for your rope either. It's probably better to rap, though, rather than lower, if that is the real problem. May 18, 2011
Rschap
Grand Junction, CO
Rschap   Grand Junction, CO
Public Service Announcement:

DO NOT TOP ROPE DIRECTLY OFF THE FIXED GEAR!!! This is a popular area and the chain links are already showing signs of wear from people threading the rope through the chain links instead of toproping off their own gear and only rappelling off the chains. A lot of time, effort and money were put into bolting this area. Please respect that and do what you can to do the least amount of impact. May 7, 2011
I'm glad to hear people are enjoying these climbs. I was surprised to see how much traffic there had been up to them in just a few months. Also, sorry about the directions. I have updated them based on your comments if anyone gets exact mileage let me know and I'll add that to the description. Apr 5, 2011
David Sweet
Moscow, ID
David Sweet   Moscow, ID
Yeah, these directions are very misleading. It's much closer to mile post 149 than 148 (if you tried to find mp 148 you'd have to go past Gateway). There are numerous pullouts in this area where you pull off the road parallel to traffic. The one for this area is more like an old dirt road going off at 90 deg. to the right. There is no "road cut" as in a hill side that has been cut away for road construction. Directly across from the pull out is an old road grade going up the hill on the south side of the road. If you walk east from the pullout, you will be walking away from it. I had hoped to get the mileage exactly from milepost 148, but by the time we wandered around almost a mile away based on the directions I didn't have time. Apr 4, 2011
DavidCollins
Grand Junction, CO
DavidCollins   Grand Junction, CO
Thanks for putting up these routes. It's nice to have a "convenient crag" in GJ. Two comments about the directions - it's just beyond mile marker 148 and the third pullout on the right after the milepost is closest to the old road cut. Mar 31, 2011
Many thanks for the work. Look forward to checking out the crag soon. Feb 23, 2011
Ryan-GJ Grube
Grand Junction, CO
Ryan-GJ Grube   Grand Junction, CO
Thanks to creators of this area for your time and expense at putting it up. It is great to have a moderate training that is close enough for an evening crag session. Feb 15, 2011

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