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L to R R to L Alpha
Adventure Kayak Trundle S 
Beach Front T 
Bottom Side Down S,TR 
Clear Water Revival S 
Evil S 
Float Trip S 
Flood Control S 
Goin' Fishin' S 
Grilled Trout S,TR 
Human Rites S 
Muddy Waters S 
Old Man River S 
Original Route T 
Overflow S 
Put In, The S 
Right To Laugh S 
Right to Life S 
River Dance S 
River Grill S 
River Jam S 
River Mild, The S,TR 
River Walk T,S 
River Wild, The S 
Slacker S 
Splash S 
Take Me to the River S,TR 
Up A Creek T 
Viagra Falls S 
Water Sports S 
Water Sports Direct Start S 
White Water S 

River Wall Rock Climbing 

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A unique climbing area perched above Clear Creek. The setting is beautiful and there is essentially no approach; you just have to put up with the quarry trucks roaring through the tunnel. Tricky slab routes on the lower part of the wall, and more varied, powerful climbs on the upper half. There are a number of truly enjoyable climbs here. Most climbs are accessed via a large ledge split in two by a giant boulder (see picture). This ledge caps the lower series of climbs and forms the base of the upper set. There are two means of accessing this central area: The Put In (5.7) heads up from road level just a few yards away from the start of the bridge railing. From these anchors, you can climb Overflow or traverse right along the ledge (5.2) past a few bolts to reach the left side of the main ledge. Walk along the wall down to the river, where you can climb Bottom Side Down (5.10d) straight up to the left side of the main ledge. The right side of the belay ledge can be accessed by squeezing behind the boulder (take your pack off first!). River Wall requires a 60m rope and some forethought in rope management. A note on leading the lower climbs: rap down on one rope and carry a second to lead out on. Each of the lower climbs has a 2-bolt belay station just above the water where the belayer will have to mind the rope as much as the climber. (Dry treated rope will do no good if it's floating down the river.) Alternatively, on your way down you can hang draws and clip in one end of your rap line. At the bottom, pulling the rap line down through the draws should keep your rope from flying down into the drink.

This crag is generally in the shade.

Getting There 

River Wall is right across the river from High Wire. Get on US 6 from Golden, going west. The wall is on the east side of the bridge immediately east of Tunnel 2 (4.9 miles from Tunnel 1). It's best to park on the north side of the highway, about 1/4 mile east Tunnel 2. From the cars, walk west toward the bridge & tunnel, but stay south-east of the bridge (that is, don't cross over the bridge as though going to High Wire). The wall is right there on the south-east corner of the bridge.


Well left:

A. Evil, 13, 1p, bolts.

Lower Wall:

B1. The Put In, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
B2. Original Route, 9 PG-13, 1p, 60', gear & old bolts.
C. Muddy Waters, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts.
D. Old Man River, 10, 1p, bolts, 85'.
E1. Up A Creek, 11, 1p, bolts.
E2. Float Trip, 12-, 1p, bolts.
F. Bottom Side Down, 10+, 1p, 85', bolts.
G. The River Mild, 10, 1p, 85', bolts.
GH. Grilled Trout, 10+, 1p, bolts, linkup.
H. Grilled Trout, 10+, 1p, 85', bolts.
I. Take Me To The River, 11-, 1p, 85', bolts.
J. Flood Control, 10, 1p, 85', bolts.
K? Kor Route, 1p, 85', gear.
L? Family Unit, 9, 1p, bolts & gear.

M. Riffle, 2, traverse along ledge between lower & upper walls.

Upper Wall:

L. Overflow, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
M. The River Wild, 12+, 1p, 70' (*), bolts.
N. Viagra Falls, 12, 1p, 70' (*), bolts.
O. White Water, 12-, 1p, 70' (*), bolts.
P. Splash, 11, 1p, 70' (*), bolts.
Q. Adventure Kayak Trundle, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts.
R. Human Rites, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.
S. River Dance, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
T. River Jam, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts.
V. Slacker, 12-, 1p, bolts.
W. Right to Life, 12-, 1p, bolts.
X. Right To Laugh, 9+, 1p, bolts. Location?
Y1. Water Sports, 9+, 1p, 120', bolts.
Y2. Clear Water Revival, 9, 1p, 115', bolts.
Y3. River Walk, 10+, 3p, 225', bolts & gear.
Z1. Beach Front, 9, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.
Z2. Goin' Fishin', 11+, 1p, 100', bolts.

Nelsonator I, location?
Nelsonator II, location?
Nelsonator III, location?

(*) = a 60m rope is preferred for descent due to the overhanging nature of the route & the falling away of the terrain below the anchors.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in River Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for River Wall:
The Put In   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Muddy Waters   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Old Man River   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Grilled Trout   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Bottom Side Down   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Take Me to the River   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
River Jam   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Adventure Kayak Trundle   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
White Water   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
River Dance   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Viagra Falls   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The River Wild   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Evil   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For River Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate Weitzel Cranking the roof on Adventure Kayak ...

Adventure Kayak Trundle 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Golden : ... : River Wall
Sweet climbing on a variety of holds, jugs, cracks, and slopers. Crank the 12a crux at third bolt, and climb through the 11 rest section. Finish the overhung 5.11c finale. Look for the good jug hold before clipping the anchors! Fantastic route!!! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Chris Cavallaro
Jun 7, 2004
There has been a lot of new routes developed on the right side of this crag, but the pictures do not detail route locations. Can anyone provide any info on where each route is? Maybe a left to right description of the newer routes starting to the right of Adventure Kayak trundle? Slacker looks to be awesome!
By Mark MacClary
Oct 1, 2005
Does anyone know what the project to the right of River Dance goes at?

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