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Areas in Grotto Walls Area

Lower Grotto Wall 10 / 23 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Mecca Wall and Killer Pillar 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Nude Buttress 4 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Second Grotto Wall 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Third Grotto Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
World of Hurt Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Elevation: 9,707 ft
GPS: 39.12, -106.7 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Alvaro Arnal on May 21, 2012
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

One of the mainstays of Independence Pass climbing, the Grotto Walls area offers the greatest variety of climbing on the Pass from the convenience of the Lower Grotto Wall to the more wild setting of the Third Grotto Wall. Climbing here is split pretty evenly between sport and trad. There is some great bouldering as well in the scree fields below the cliffs.

Getting There

Drive up Independence Pass from Aspen about 9 miles. Come around a left hairpin turn and pull into the large pull-off on the left side of the road. Lower Grotto Wall is the large cliff just above the road. There will usually be a party on Twin Cracks and Cryogenics, and one to multiple cars with tourists pulled over watching the "crazy climbers".

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grotto Walls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Grotto Wall Traverse
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 116
Twin Cracks
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Plaque Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Inner Worlds
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 113
Cryogenics
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Stand By Your Van
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 62
One for the Road
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Under Pressure
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Star Spangled Dangle
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
The Zebra
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
The Engagement
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 10
Space Sluts in the Slammer
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 13
Victims of Fashion
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 8
Scene of the Crime
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 4
Before There Were Nine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grotto Wall Traverse Lower Grotto Wall
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Twin Cracks Lower Grotto Wall
 116
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Plaque Right Second Grotto Wall
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Inner Worlds Third Grotto Wall
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Cryogenics Lower Grotto Wall
 113
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Stand By Your Van Lower Grotto Wall
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
One for the Road Lower Grotto Wall
 62
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Under Pressure Lower Grotto Wall
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Star Spangled Dangle Lower Grotto Wall
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Zebra Second Grotto Wall
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Engagement Lower Grotto Wall
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Space Sluts in the Slammer Lower Grotto Wall
 10
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Victims of Fashion Lower Grotto Wall
 13
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Scene of the Crime Lower Grotto Wall
 8
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Before There Were Nine Lower Grotto Wall
 4
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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