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Old Aid Wall aka Upper Echelon Wall

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Dark Pony S 
Dream of Poudre S 
Folsom Flute S 
Girl Problems S 
Moose Knuckles T 
O.D.K. S 
Pinklebear S 
Shoulda Coulda S 
Tailspin S 
Tamed Donkeys S 

Old Aid Wall aka Upper Echelon Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: morkel on Jun 25, 2009


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This wall faces mostly North; it is on the South side of highway.

Getting There 

Park at the second pullout below the tunnel. Walk about 20 yards down from the pullout; pick your way up through a talus and follow the faint path up to the top of the gully, and to the base of the obvious, streaked, overhanging wall.


A1. Tamed Donkeys, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts.
A2. Moose Knuckles, 12, 1p, 65', gear.
B. O.D.K., 12-, 1p, 85, bolts.
C. Pinklebear, 12, 10', 85', bolts.
D1. Dream of Poudre, 12+, 1p, 90', bolts.
D2. Dark Pony, 13, 1p, bolts.
E. Folsom Flute, 13, 1p, bolts.
F. Tailspin, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Shoulda Coulda, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. Girl Problems, 9, 1p, bolts.

?. Warm-up Arete, 1p.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Old Aid Wall aka Upper Echelon Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Old Aid Wall aka Upper Echelon Wall:
Shoulda Coulda   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tamed Donkeys   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
O.D.K.   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Tailspin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Moose Knuckles   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Pinklebear   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Dream of Poudre   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Dark Pony   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Folsom Flute   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Dream of Poudre 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Old Aid Wall aka Upper Eche...
Keeping with the wall's theme, this line starts with a boulder problem, leading into more pumpy fun climbing. The boulder problem is over at the third bolt (a 13b variation heads right here). The climbing eases into the 11 range until another sting before the slab. Doesn't completely ease off through the long slab. The initial crux is harder for those less than about 6'....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Dusty
From: Fort Collins
Oct 20, 2009
There are a lot of climbs on this wall now, at least 8-10. Does anybody have any information about these climbs?
By Jesse Ryan
Apr 19, 2010
This is the Upper Echelon Wall in the Triple Tier Area as described in Leubben, Cross, and Scott's guide (NCCC's page and the Poudre Route Guide ). Great routes on this wall.

Caution! Most of the routes on this wall will require a 60m rope. Some of the routes in the center of the wall (ODK, Dream of Poudre, etc) may even stretch your 60m.
By Aaron Martinuzzi
May 31, 2010
This crag has some of the the best sport climbing wall in the Poudre Canyon; steep climbs, great movement over some of the cleanest rock I've climbed out here. I'm a huge fan of Crystal Wall, and the climbing here is easily as good as the tough stuff there, but much steeper.
By Sam Berg
From: Wyoming
Mar 28, 2014
Has anyone found a stick clip beneath Dark Pony/Dream of Poudre?
By morkel
From: Fort Collins, CO
Aug 7, 2015
We found a Subaru key today at the base. I live in Fort Collins. PM me if you want it.

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