Avg: 4 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Aid, 2000 ft, 22 pitches, Grade VI|
|FA:||Bill Forrest & Chris Walker|
|Page Views:||4,420 total · 27/month|
|Shared By:||phil broscovak on Dec 31, 2004|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
With all the " undeserved hype about the 'Stratosphere' Route everyone seems to have forgotten the "original" P.W. route. The Stratosphere is really only an anomoly. An insignificant 5 pitch variation that was rehersed on top rope with pre placed pro. Yes it was a great thing to establish a free route up the main Painted Wall. But it was so out of context stylistically with the rest of the route developement in the Black that I for one have never thought of Stratosphere as 'legitimate'. The Forrest Walker however is the real deal! Forged with the blood sweat and tears of very hard men, from the ground up. A truly major accomplishnent in Colorado big wall climbing. 2&1/2 pitches of 5.8 climbing deposits you on the 2nd talus field. 13 additional pitches puts you in the start of Death Valley. 3 more 'serious' pitches takes you to the top. The roofs are HUGE and the exposure is incredible!