Lower Walls Rock Climbing
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Parking at Donation Rocks is at the two pull-offs only (see the poster on the main page photos). NO PARKING is permitted anywhere else along the road.
The Lower Wall is the first thing you see as you come up the road. It’s a huge buttress of rock coming out of the hillside with sharp 30ft high vertical arêtes like the prows of two grand ships running side by side. On top and back 10 ft is another massive buttress of stone rising another 15ft. That feature is where all the top rope anchors are and makes for an interesting setup. For climbs on the Front Walls, your rope goes down and out 10ft then over the edge of the lower section and down. It creates some drag and when the climber tops the lower part and proceeds to climb the upper part, the belayer loses visual. Because of these two factors many people choose to stop and be lowered at the top of the lower section. For routes on either side of the buttress, those anchors are well placed giving a seamless 45 ft climb with no drag and good eyes on the climber.
September 2019 saw the very first sport line at Donation and it’s here at the Lower Wall! It’s a line called Triple Play because it services three possible routes, each offering a different experience. Right around the corner is the second bolted line and is totally designed for the beginner sport climber - a casual 5.6 with great stances and easily reached bolts.
You got it all at the Lower Wall! From 5.6 to12s, arête climbs, face climbs, gully climbs, lay backs, overhangs (one of which is sick and will test your metal and endurance), bomber holds, and tiny finger tip crimps all on the same beautiful buttress - a great crag to say “Welcome to Donation Rocks”!
To get to the top anchors, walk around to the left and up to the switchback trail. At the top go right and follow the short trail to the rock tops and anchors.
Bat Conservation | How You Can Help
See a Bat on a Route, Give Us a Shout!
Hey climbers, Ken Hull here with Access Fund, South Central PA Climbers, and your Ambassador here at Donation Rocks. I’m working with Rob Schorr at Colorado State University to help him spread the word about his bat research. Here’s a message from him about this important work and how, we as climbers, can help.
"Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. We’re a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. We are interested in finding bats because of a new disease called white-nose syndrome (whitenosesyndrome.org) which has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation.
So, if you see bats while climbing, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com, or visiting our website to learn more. climbersforbats.colostate.edu."
Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (warnercnr.colostate.edu/rschorr/)
Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation
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