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AF S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Can You Hear Me Now? S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Green Eyed Monster S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Just One More S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Liquid Courage S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Man in the Woods S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Milk-Plus T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Procrastinator S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Safety Meeting S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sex Face S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
When It All Comes Crashing Down S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ya Lives S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Recovery Wall is high quality, South Platte, red granite. The nature of the climbing varies widely from crimpy and balancy to wide chimney. There are about 30 new climbs on this wall with about half of them being 2 pitches. There are also a handful of trad climbs here from 5.5 to 5.11. The wall faces southeast, so it receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The wall also has many large shade trees in front of it.

Recovery Wall is in the falcon closure area and is off limits to climbing from March 1 to July 31.

Getting There

Going south down Rampart Range Road, continue past mile marker 13. The mile markers are hard to see, so pay close attention. Take a left on FR 502 about a quarter mile past mile marker 13. At first, the road is in the trees. When the road opens up to a large meadow with a pullout and primitive camping on the right, you will be able to see Recovery Wall in front of you.

The wall has a giant crack in the middle of the wall that arches left and looks like a backwards letter "F". Continue on the dirt road through the meadow back into the trees and in a few hundred feet there will be a primitive campsite on the left with a sign for parking and camping.

Make sure you do not block the entrance to the campsite, I have suffered the redneck, scooter trash consequences from just parking in the area and not blocking the road.

To get to the crag from the campsite, the trail goes northwest from the campsite (there is also a trail that goes almost directly west out of the campsite, it's just steeper). The trail has cairns the whole way. The trail goes up to a cave with a large rock overhang where you meet the lower end of the wall. Head north from here following the wall. It's about a 20 minute hike uphill the whole way.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Recovery Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
When It All Comes Crashing Down
Sport 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Ya Lives
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sex Face
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport 2 pitches
When It All Comes Crashing…
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Ya Lives
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 2 pitches
Sex Face
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
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Alex A  
Great area, there are lot more climbs than the two posted, will need to buy or rent the guide from Rakkup, it's about 40 minute hike, steep. Aug 25, 2015
As a reminder, this area is WITHIN the raptor closure. Please OBEY these CLOSURES! I would hate to see the Forest Service enforce further closures of these formations along with other areas because of the lack of climber responsibility.... Jul 10, 2017
The trail to access this crag is behind the fire pit in the campsite. 7 days ago

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