The Shrine of Vanity Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThe Shrine of Vanity has an assortment of wider cracks and slots as well as some slab climbs.
Most climbs here are 5.7 and below, although there are a few slightly tougher routes. Of the 11 routes listed in B. Gillett's excellent 2009 guide, some are bolted and some are not. There are several sets of rap anchors, so finding an easy way off the top of gear routes is simple.
The rock seems to get good sun all year round, which might be one of the most appealing aspects of this crag. The routes don't seem to see much traffic and tend to be flaky with a moderate amount of lichen, dirt, etc. As Gillett notes, many of these routes might be one star-worthy when they "clean up a bit."
Getting ThereThe Shrine of Vanity is located above Dance Hall of the Dead.
Park at the picnic area just over 3.5 miles up the canyon (from the T-intersection in Lyons), cross the road and follow the creek bed ("Deadman's Gulch") until it dog-legs left. Go uphill and right, trending toward Dance Hall of the Dead. Go around either left or right of DHotD; both approaches are straightforward but may be loose. The left route is probably easier and has a decently visible trail.
It may be a 20-30 minute hike depending on your speed.
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