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I feel very humbled to be the one to submit this area. There are few climbing areas as historic as this in the US. This is the exact spot where the 10th Mountain Division learned to rock climb before heading off to WWII. Sadly, I have seen some of the old pitons disappear over the years. From the top of the wall, you can look over the expanse of Camp Hale.

This is a beginner wall complete with a Forest Service vault toilet, a perfect place to take kids or other beginners. There is a huge, flat area at the base, and the top has a large flat area as well where new climbers who do not wish to lower can walk off safely. Some of the top anchors are situated above ledges that lead to walking territory further facilitating beginners.

There are 7 or 8 top rope routes with modern bolts and hangers at the top. There are plenty of cracks which will take gear so other routes can be squeezed in as well. You can climb almost anywhere on this slab. There are easy grades from 4th up to maybe 5.5.

For the approach I recommend using the maintenance road which leads to the vault toilet instead of the severely eroded social trails from the road.

Getting There

Take US Highway 24 (Tennessee Pass) from I-70 near Vail, and head South or head North from Leadville. Get off at Camp Hale Spur 18, and head to the intersection with East Fork Eagle Road. You will be looking at the slab as you drive in.

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