Contest Wall Rock Climbing
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.
Weather station 7.9 miles from here
80 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Contest Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Contest Wall:
Enterprise 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Zia 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Dune 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Dough Boys 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 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
Cactus Drop 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Silverado 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c 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'
Featured Route For Contest Wall
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
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes l...
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Any guidebook you have will be very out of date.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.
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?