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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
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

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

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Twin Cracks
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Grotto Wall Traverse
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Plaque Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Inner Worlds
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cryogenics
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stand By Your Van
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
One for the Road
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Under Pressure
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Engagement
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Space Sluts in the Slammer
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Victims of Fashion
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Tarzan
Sport 2 pitches
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Scene of the Crime
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Tommy's 13b
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Before There Were Nine
Sport
Twin Cracks Lower Grotto Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Grotto Wall Traverse Lower Grotto Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Plaque Right Second Grotto Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Inner Worlds Third Grotto Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Cryogenics Lower Grotto Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Stand By Your Van Lower Grotto Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
One for the Road Lower Grotto Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Under Pressure Lower Grotto Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Engagement Lower Grotto Wall 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Space Sluts in the Slammer Lower Grotto Wall 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Victims of Fashion Lower Grotto Wall 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Tarzan Lower Grotto Wall 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport 2 pitches
Scene of the Crime Lower Grotto Wall 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Tommy's 13b Lower Grotto Wall 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Before There Were Nine Lower Grotto Wall 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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