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Quartzite Wasteland

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Quartzite Wasteland Rock Climbing 

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The name, Quartzite Wasteland, is a playful jab at the the Wasteland of Rifle. While not a destination area like Rifle, locals and visiting climbers will find an enjoyable half-day of quality climbs, including a couple must-do climbs on quality quartzite. No need to fear, this is no wasteland, as the hard quartzite provides for fun climbing on compact rock in a style that is unique for the Western Slope.

The Quartzite Wasteland is a newly (spring ’08) developed area. Wear a helmet as all of the routes are new and bring a double rack of cams, a few stoppers, runners, and quickdraws for some quality mixed climbing on Glenwood Canyon’s quartzite.

This area receives morning and mid-day sun and nice shade by early afternoon.

Routes, listed Left to Right:
Left Project - anchor visible
Interstate Love Song, 5.11+, 2 bolts and gear
Twig and Berries, 5.7, 1 bolt and gear
Charcoal Burger Daydream, 5.10d, 8 bolts and gear
El Lagarto Borracho, 5.10d PG-13, 6 bolts and gear
Down South, 5.11a R, gear
Flip Ya Lid, 5.8, 3 bolts
Something From Nothing, 5.10a, 3 bolts and one cam
Loss of Innocence, 5.10d, 5 bolts

Getting There 

Park at the Hanging Lake rest area (exit # 125). Hike east on the bike path, passing the Hanging Lake Trail. A few minutes past the trail is a rockwall/revegetation project within yards of the trail. Just past that is a couple of large boulders in the grass on the left side of the trail. Hike past these boulders and scramble up rock underneath a tree. Above the scrambling, hike on a faint trail that contours the slope underneath a collection of granite crags. This trail heads into the scrub oak before traversing to a large scree slope. Hike up the scree slope on the larger, more stable rocks. Near the top of the scree slope find a faint trail that makes a couple of switchbacks before meeting the quartzite cliff. Hike left ten yards to the first of the climbs, Loss of Innoncence. Total hiking time from the car is 15 to 20 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Glenwood Canyon area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

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By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Jul 29, 2009
Don't be afraid, BE VERY AFRAID!!! I would imagine this is as close as you can get to acting like Kor, while still clipping bolts. Beautiful setting on a pile of death....

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