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Recovery Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.25435, -105.09099 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike Carrington on Aug 22, 2015


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  • Description 

    Recovery Wall is high quality, South Platte, red granite. The nature of the climbing varies widely from crimpy and balancy to wide chimney. There are about 30 new climbs on this wall with about half of them being 2 pitches. There are also a handful of trad climbs here from 5.5 to 5.11. The wall faces southeast, so it receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The wall also has many large shade trees in front of it.

    Recovery Wall is in the falcon closure area and is off limits to climbing from March 1 to July 31.

    Getting There 

    Going south down Rampart Range Road, continue past mile marker 13. The mile markers are hard to see, so pay close attention. Take a left on FR 502 about a quarter mile past mile marker 13. At first, the road is in the trees. When the road opens up to a large meadow with a pullout and primitive camping on the right, you will be able to see Recovery Wall in front of you.

    The wall has a giant crack in the middle of the wall that arches left and looks like a backwards letter "F". Continue on the dirt road through the meadow back into the trees and in a few hundred feet there will be a primitive campsite on the left with a sign for parking and camping.

    Make sure you do not block the entrance to the campsite, I have suffered the redneck, scooter trash consequences from just parking in the area and not blocking the road.

    To get to the crag from the campsite, the trail goes northwest from the campsite (there is also a trail that goes almost directly west out of the campsite, it's just steeper). The trail has cairns the whole way. The trail goes up to a cave with a large rock overhang where you meet the lower end of the wall. Head north from here following the wall. It's about a 20 minute hike uphill the whole way.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 6.6 miles from here

    7 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Recovery Wall

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Recovery Wall:
    AF   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
    Procrastinator   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Ya Lives   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 190'   
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    Featured Route For Recovery Wall
    Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the route.

    Ya Lives 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Recovery Wall
    This is the first bolted line down the hill, left, from the small spray painted alcove (dates back to '79).Pitch 1 - 5.10d. Start up the edge of the arete on easy terrain to a large granite stalagmite. Don't take the right bolted line (Recovery Wall #14). Stay on the left line, and climb the face of the stalagmite. Delicate, enjoyable climbing up patinas lead to the anchor. Three stars for the first pitch, 95 feet. Pitch 2 - 5.10a. I pe...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Alex A
    Aug 25, 2015
    Great area, there are lot more climbs than the two posted, will need to buy or rent the guide from Rakkup, it's about 40 minute hike, steep.
    By Furthermore
    Jul 10, 2017
    As a reminder, this area is WITHIN the raptor closure. Please OBEY these CLOSURES! I would hate to see the Forest Service enforce further closures of these formations along with other areas because of the lack of climber responsibility....

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