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9 to 5 S 
Agent Orange S 
Apple Bites Back, The S 
Apple Jam T,S 
Aretissima S 
Armistice (AKA The Armisist) S 
Awakenings S 
Big Froggy  S 
Bitten by a Manpris S 
Cactus Carrie S 
Cactus Drop S 
Cattle Prod S 
Cave Troll S 
Cumulocrimpus S 
Curious George S 
Dead Tree Crack S 
Dough Boys S 
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam S 
Dune, The S 
Energizer S 
Enterprise S 
Farts of Horsemen S 
Fossil Fueled S 
Gotham City S 
Grand Cru S 
Hide n' Seek S 
High Pockets S 
Holy Sheath S 
It Takes a Village S 
It's Miller Time S 
Jelly Bellies S 
Jump for Cholla T 
Knot Head S 
Lime and Punishment S 
Limestone Lady S 
Limestone Politician S 
Liquid Pork S 
List, The S 
Little Mecca S 
Little Red Badge of Courage S 
Metropolis S 
Monster Man S 
New Route (a.k.a. Black Rib) S 
No Place for a Gentleman  S 
No Place For a Lady S 
No Tomorrow S 
Not So Killer Bees S 
Opportunist, The S 
Pesko Sour S 
Phase Dance S 
Pocket Laureate S 
Porkus Non Grata S 
Primal Urge S 
Regroovable S 
Renaissance S 
River of Rabbits S 
Rodao S 
Scary Carrie S 
Shithouse Traverse 
Short Slaughter S 
Silverado S 
Single Gun Theory S 
Slamdance Cosmopolis S 
Slipper Queen S 
Spice is Nice S 
Spike aka BR 1 S 
Spinney Dan S 
Sprayburn S 
Strangeways T 
Suburbia S 
Taos Hum S 
Time Square S 
Tinsel Town aka BR 2? S 
Top Fun S 
Tortuga S 
Trick-or-Treat TR 
Truancy S 
Turbo Road S 
Vail Athletic Club S 
Wee Man S 
You Snooze, You Lose S 
Zia S 
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Contest Wall Rock Climbing 

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East facing side of Sand Gulch with a variety of decent and classic routes. Classics include (but not limited to) Suburbia 10c, Spinney Dan 10c, Little Mecca 12a/b, Regrooveable 11b, Cactus Drop 10d, You Snooze you Lose 11b/c. Morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There 

Approach via trail from the Sand Gulch Campground. Branches left from the dry wash up short and steeply to the south end of this east facing wall. Another trail crosses from the north end of Freeform Wall down into the wash and back up to the north end of Contest Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

82 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Contest Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Contest Wall:
Tinsel Town aka BR 2?   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Opportunist   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
It Takes a Village   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Enterprise   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Dune   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Zia   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Dough Boys   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 82'   
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The List   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Suburbia   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Spinney Dan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cactus Drop   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
High Pockets   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Silverado   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Regroovable   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Limestone Lady   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Metropolis   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Phase Dance   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Little Mecca   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Contest Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of this really good, hard .11.

Metropolis 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Shelf Road : ... : Contest Wall
This is a SUPERB route, if you are into the grade and are at the Contest Wall, do this route for sure. The crux comes early and there are great moves throughout this route.This route starts with the crux, getting to and past the first bolt then is in your face again at the last bolt, finishing with a great mantle/heel hook for shorter people. This route is very well sustained and will be enjoyable for all. It is on my top 10 list for Shelf Road so far.......[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes l...
Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes l...

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By Rex Mammel
Oct 6, 2003
There have been many changes made to the routes on this cliff. For example, bolts changed from homemade to modern, bolts added, new starts added, anchors changed and trees removed. Always count the bolts to verify actual number; or just carry a few extra, many routes have three added bolts if they were runout before. You can also look for route names and grades written on the rock at the start of many new routes.

Any guidebook you have will be very out of date.
By Jason Velocity
May 7, 2004
"route names and grades written on the rock" - are you insane?
By Nate Oakes
May 17, 2006
I was just at the Contest Wall last month, and I found the new guidebook by Fred Knapp/Rick Thompson/Rich Aschert to be quite helpful and accurate. It's called Shelf Road Rock, put out by Sharp End Publishing, should be easy to find.
By Mstoltzfus
Nov 10, 2009
We were at Contest Wall this weekend, and there seemed to be lots of activity, including new bolting. Any information about new routes since the Knapp/Thompson/Aschert guide?
By Josh Hackett
Aug 26, 2017
May have lost full rack of sport gear. 14 quickdraws, a green Cinch. Please contact if it was found and not stolen. 8609386166

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