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Grave Line

5.10a, Sport,  Avg: 2.5 from 71 votes
FA: W. Peterson and L. Hadfield, 1992
Colorado > Independence Pass > Monitor Rock > 4. Boulder Wall


From the point where the trail intersects the wall, hike left along the wall passing the leaning tree. Just after the tree and just before the obvious trad crack is a bolted line that runs up on slabby but excellent yellowish rock. Clean solid climbing can be had if you don't get jammed up behind the queue.


Eight or so draws and a rope.

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Monitor Rock - Grave Line.
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Upper section of Grave Line.
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On Grave Line with the crux behind her.
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[Hide Comment] The start is a bit tricky, it feels like your 'cheating' to keep the moves below 5.10 (i.e. traversing from the left). After that it gets much better. The 10d to the right (Slip Not) is definitely worth setting up as a toprope from this climb, if you don't feel like leading it. Apr 8, 2002
[Hide Comment] Agree that if you want the 9+ start, you have to start left, then traverse to the first bolt. Be careful if you choose the direct start, since the 1st bolt is a bit high off the ground & the feet aren't great. The rest is really fun - definite 9+. Jul 1, 2002
Parker, Colorado
[Hide Comment] Sliver Queen makes a great linkup with this route. Fun! Jun 2, 2006
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I enjoyed this climb. This route does not look like a 5.10a but it is deceiving. All the holds are in the right spot. I agree with the tricky moves at the start. Jul 16, 2007
Parker, Colorado
[Hide Comment] After climbing this route for the second time, I think that if you do not traverse in the initial move is closer to 10b. Just my opinion I found it very balancy and had to get my left leg up off a terrible 2 finger hold above. This is really just a note for fledgling 5.9 leaders, on the positive side with a good spot it's a pretty safe fall. Aug 6, 2007
Parker, Colorado
[Hide Comment] FA info: W. Peterson and L. Hadfield, 1992. Aug 27, 2007
Rob Davies UK
Cheshire, UK
[Hide Comment] Nasty start (UK 5c) to reach first bolt - thanks to someone for the use of the clip-stick! Oct 16, 2013
Wes Peterson
SkiTown USA
[Hide Comment] The trick starts reminded us of boulder problems, hence Boulder Wall. Mar 24, 2019
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] If you're not very comfortable at the grade, definitely stick-clip the first bolt. There's plenty of nice sticks around the base! Very fun climb! Jul 15, 2019