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, Tyler KC

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.
V6 7A
 8
Felix
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 136
Twin Cracks
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Grotto Wall Traverse
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Plaque Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Stranger Than Fiction
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Inner Worlds
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 133
Cryogenics
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 72
One for the Road
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 31
Under Pressure
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
The Zebra
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 13
Victims of Fashion
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Headless Crankin' Chicken
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Tarzan
Sport 2 pitches
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
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
Felix World of Hurt B… > Felix Boulder
 8
V6 7A Boulder
Twin Cracks Lower Grotto Wall
 136
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Grotto Wall Traverse Lower Grotto Wall
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Plaque Right Second Grotto Wall
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Stranger Than Fiction Lower Grotto Wall
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Inner Worlds Third Grotto Wall
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Cryogenics Lower Grotto Wall
 133
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
One for the Road Lower Grotto Wall
 72
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Under Pressure Lower Grotto Wall
 31
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Zebra Second Grotto Wall
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Victims of Fashion Lower Grotto Wall
 13
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Headless Crankin' Chicken Lower Grotto Wall
 3
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Tarzan Lower Grotto Wall
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport 2 pitches
Scene of the Crime Lower Grotto Wall
 9
5.12d 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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