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Dylan Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Jul 7, 2013
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This area holds a number of moderate face and friction climbs, and even a couple of cracks. The rock is excellent quality and full of features and variety. It requires the longest approach of the Ironclads.

This area has clearly seen substantial development, but there appear to be no records of these routes, other than a few references in other posts. This area is placed here in the hopes of stimulating some more information, preferably by those first ascensionists that placed all of the bolts. Please contact me with info, and I'll update all of the details.

The routes are described from the right to left, since this is how you encounter the routes. Slab 1 is the farthest right "section" of rock and the first that is reached on the approach. Slab 2 is the broadest section of rock.


A? Bear Mountain Picnic, 7+, 2p, 250', gear.
M. Boltergeist.
N1. Tangled Up In Blue, 7+, 2p, bolts & gear.
N2. P2 variation, ~10, bolts.

? No Consensus, 2p.
? South Arete, 7, 2p, 200', gear & bolts.

Getting There 

From the saddle by the nose, continue downhill, as if you're heading to Ironsides, but keep going downhill to the west. There is a faint trail that wraps around to the right, or north, and then back uphill leading to the slabs. It is about another 10 minutes past Ironsides.

Climbing Season

For the The Ironclads area.

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on Slab 1 from the arete.

South Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Estes Park Valley : ... : Dylan Wall
This is the first established route encountered as one reaches the base of the West Slab.P1: scramble up a small gully to a tree, and begin climbing to the right of an obvious bolted line (route #2 on the first slab). The line ascends a dihedral that becomes a flake, and then goes on up the face to a 2-bolt belay/rap station.P2: climb up and to the right, into the large dihedral, where it is possible to traverse right on to a vertical face with large footholds. There are 2 bolts visible ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Dylan Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking S from the top of the small pinnacle just ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking S from the top of the small pinnacle just ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The first slab.
The first slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: The right-hand side of the central slab.
The right-hand side of the central slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across the West Slabs from the top of the ...
Looking across the West Slabs from the top of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Area showing the Ironsides, West Slabs, and routes...
BETA PHOTO: Area showing the Ironsides, West Slabs, and routes...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the prominent south arete from the to...
Looking down the prominent south arete from the to...

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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jul 7, 2013
Bill, I wonder if this crag is the same as that mentioned on the Ironsides page with a R->L:

Across the valley to the west:


The Professionals, 11, gear + bolts.
Sump, 10+, gear + bolt.
unknown, 8, bolts.
unknown, 8, 2 bolts + gear, 90'.
unknown, 10, 1-2p, bolts + gear, 190'.
unknown, 9, 1p, bolts + gear, 85'.
unknown, 8+, 1p, bolts, 85'.
unknown arete, 10, 1p, bolts.
unknown, 10+, 1p, bolts.
unknown, 8?, 1p.

Lump, 11, 1p, bolts.
Pump, 12, 1p, bolts.
Chump, 11, 1p, bolts, 30'.
Forrest Gump, 11-, 1p, bolts.
By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Jul 9, 2013
Hi Leo, Thanks to the link of the arete (Photo), I'm fairly certain Michael was referring to another group of routes on a medium-sized monolith shown in Photo. The ratings also seem to support this, as the routes on what I'm calling the West Slabs are very moderate in comparison. I'll get some better photos of the slabs. Of course, the FA team may have a name for this area, and I'm happy to change this temporary label whenever they communicate their info.
By Matt Quinn
Mar 3, 2014
The one farthest to the right at the end of the ramp is, 2. "Tangled Up in Blue". It is two pitched, bolts and gear. The first pitch 5.6 NC, No Consensus, rap anchors at the top. The second pitch is maybe 5.7+ NC, rap anchors at the top. FA Tom Kohlmann/Matt Quinn. There is a 2nd pitch variation on this route that proceeds up a vertical wall right. It is in the 5.10 range, NC. Follow the bolts up and to an arete (crux) to anchors it shares with a separate climb we named "Boltergeist", Climb no. 1 which starts 100 feet southwesterly in a small canyon. The variation of route no. 2 was put up by Dan Hare/Rich Perch who did the first ascent.
The one on the ramp to just left of Route "2" is, 3. "Bear Mountain Picnic". It is two pitch with rap anchors. It may be 5.7+, NC. FA Eric Zschiesche/Donna Quinn. A note of caution---it has been a while since I have climb these climbs so I do not know their present condition as to bolts/anchors, etc. The routes are bolts and gear. We used 70 meter ropes. Matt Quinn
By Dennis of Mazo
Oct 30, 2015
Hey, this is a great cliff! I have done most of these routes, and they are fun if you are looking for moderate routes in a cool setting. Once you cross the pass, you leave the ATV noise behind, and the bullets aren't even whizzing over your head anymore. I think you might get by with a 60 meter for a lot of these climbs, but may I recommend: Enjoy the adventure, maybe carry a rap rope and a light rack, most of these climbs are 5.7-5.10 and bolted where needed.

My friend Tom has provided Bernard Gillett with detailed info on this area and others which which he has developed with Matt, myself and others. Look for his next book if you enjoy this area.

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