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Routes in The Leaning Wall

A Brief Squall T,S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Classic Corner T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Columbus Day in America T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Golden Plate T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Leaning Corner, The T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Leaning Crack, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher), The T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Leaning Flake, The T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Leaning Seam, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Nina T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orange Corner, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slabby Steps T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, Sport, 75 ft
FA: Drew Spaulding, 2008
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Shared By: Drew Spaulding on Sep 4, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Start behind the large tree up the corner (gear to 3/4"). Climb 6 bolts up the impressively steep, edgy wall... 25' more feet of gear to the chains.


Bring some gear and clip 6 challenging bolts up to the 2-bolt anchor w/chains.


Drew Spaulding
Boulder, CO
Drew Spaulding   Boulder, CO
Incredible edges up there.... Mar 12, 2013
Erik Gomez
Leadville, CO
Erik Gomez   Leadville, CO
Good moves going up the step face. You only need BD Stoppers 4-9 and a #3 C4 for placing gear after the 6 bolts towards the anchor. Apr 11, 2014
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nate post   Silverthorne
I haven't climbed to many routes in Buena Vista, but this is my favorite so far. Great edges on a steep face with a big tree to help shade you from the sun. I didn't have any gear for the top, but if you can climb everything to that point, it's a cake walk to the anchors. It can't be more than 5.7 after you pull up and off the steep face. Apr 4, 2015

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