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Plaque Right

5.9, Trad, 80 ft (24 m),  Avg: 3.7 from 22 votes
FA: J. Auld, H. Carter, R. Gardner, J. Jacobson
Colorado > Independence Pass > Grotto Walls Area > Second Grotto Wall

Description

Persevere past the intimidating start to easier very fun and exposed climbing to the top. This route climbs the right edge of the Plaque at the right side of Second Grotto Wall. The crux start through the A-shaped overhang is protected by 2 pins well backed up with cams. Strenuous move on hand jams and big holds swing you out left onto the face. Follow the arête, sometimes right on the arête and sometimes just left, to the top past 3 more pins. There are a couple of mildly runout sections, but the climbing there is relatively easy and secure.

Location

Somehow get to the ledge at the base of the Plaque. The obvious approach is Lower Plaque Nose, but there are other approach routes to the right. Scramble up and right on the ledge to just left of an A-shaped overhang and set up a trad belay.

Protection

5 old pins. Single set of nuts, and cams from micro to gold/#2 Camalot. There are two bolts at the top to belay from. Move climbers left to bolts and chains that get you down in 2 one-rope raps.

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Plaque Right climbs through the A-shaped overhang just above center of the photo and then angles right and up to the top along the rounded arête.
[Hide Photo] Plaque Right climbs through the A-shaped overhang just above center of the photo and then angles right and up to the top along the rounded arête.

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scott e. tarrant
Fort Collins
 
[Hide Comment] This route is on the Plaque Wall which is on the Second Grotto Wall. See Tom Perkins guidebook (Independence Pass Rock Climbing II -independencepassrockclimbin…) for more & better details!

Awesome route!!! Jul 15, 2008
Pink Thunder
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] Simply a blast. Great pro, fun moves, wicked exposure. Jul 8, 2013
Jesse Bryant
New Haven, CT
  5.9
[Hide Comment] This is the High Exposure of Independence Pass. Jul 1, 2019