Renaissance Wall Rock Climbing
Looking down towards the valley from the Renaissan...
The incredible Renaissance Wall is hidden deep within the formation of the Book. At the far left side of the book, just before the Bookmark Pinnacle
and just after the Isis Buttress
, follow the deepest of the 'pages' in the book to find an incredible slot canyon with tall granite walls featuring excellent routes on either side- welcome to the Renaissance Wall. Popularized by the cutting edge 3 pitch route of the same name (Renaissance Wall 5.12c
) established by Mike Caldwell and Randy Ferris in 1992, this area has become host to a number of Lumpy Ridge testpiece routes, both sport and trad. Here you will find Tommy Caldwell's 'Country Boy' 13d, which remains Lumpy's hardest route even 12 years after its first ascent. This seldom done route saw its first all gear placed on lead ascent just last year (2008).
The area offers a welcome relief from the blazing hot summer sun and relentlessly low angles that characterize most Lumpy Ridge climbing. However, don't toss out your Miura's quite yet; routes here are extremely technical and require a similar level of precision footwork and crimping as one would expect elsewhere at Lumpy, just on a much steeper angle. Rock quality here generally increases as you climb higher up the wall, but chossy sections do exist everywhere, so be mindful of potential rock fall.
Remember to practice Leave No Trace when at the Renaissance Wall and please hike all the way back down to below the book if you find yourself in need of a #2 potty break.
Hike as you would to the Book, then follow the cliff line to the climbers left around the Pages Wall
and the Isis Buttress
. The Renaissance Wall is located far back in a cleft on your right, just before you encounter the Bookmark Pinnacle
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Renaissance Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Renaissance Wall:
Decisions 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Dakota 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For Renaissance Wall
Pharoah's Child 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Colorado
: Lumpy Ridge
: ... : Renaissance Wall
This route lies on the far lower right side of the Renaissance Wall. An obvious narrow ledge runs out to the edge of the wall from the left. The route starts about half way out this ledge. There are several parallel crack and seam systems that diagonal up to the left off this ledge. This route is the most obviously jammable and protectable of these.Follow the diagonal system for approximately 100 feet to a tree with slings. This is the upper of two trees visible from the ground. The crux comes a...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado