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Second Tier Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,384'
Location: 39.99889, -105.41204 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Second Tier is home to most of Avalon's routes, and it's where you'll find the biggest crowds on a busy day. The base of many climbs here is badly eroding with lots of loose rock. It's a bad place to bring dogs, which knock rocks down on belayers below them.

    This tier is complex and is split into various parts. See this photo for details.

    From left to right:

    Tarot Wall - on the left side above the First Tier. Mostly 5.10 and 5.11 sport routes, including The Devil (11c), Lust (10c), The Tower (10a) and Wheel of Fortune (10a). Popular.

    Three Dihedrals - Above and right of Tarot Wall. Only a few climbs here, including the popular Dominator (10b).

    The Clipboard Area - just right of the Three Dihedrals area. Three quality routes: Chairman of the Board (11d), The Clipboard (11b), & Stigmata (10a).

    The Middle Wall - right of the Clipboard Area. Has the classic Strange Science (11c) and Free Fall (12a), and the moderate slab routes Incline Club (7+) and Tomb of Sorrows (9). Popular.

    The Wall of the Dead - above and right of the Middle Wall. Four routes, including Dead Can Dance (9) and Dead Again (10c).

    Getting There 

    Head up the talus field above the Tyrolean Traverse. A dirt trail starts at the top of the talus. Very soon the trail splits: the left branch heads to Tarot Wall and Three Dihedrals; the right branch continues up the hill toward the Middle Wall, Clipboard, and Wall of the Dead. See each area for more detailed info.

    You can also reach Tarot Wall by continuing up left past the First Tier; this is convenient if you started your day by climbing there.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 4.8 miles from here

    39 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Second Tier

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Second Tier:
    Dihedral One   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Three Dihedrals
    Incline Club   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Wall
    Dead Can Dance   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wall of the Dead
    Wheel of Fortune   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Tarot Wall
    The Tower   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Tarot Wall
    Stigmata   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Clipboard Area
    Dead Again   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wall of the Dead
    Dominator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Three Dihedrals
    Lust   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Tarot Wall
    Supernatural   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Middle Wall
    The Clipboard   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Clipboard Area
    The Devil   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Tarot Wall
    Strange Science   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Wall
    Chairman of the Board   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Clipboard Area
    Free Fall   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Middle Wall
    Ripcord   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Middle Wall
    The Constant Gardener (aka the Pursuit of Fappiness)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tarot Wall
    Fapanese Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tarot Wall
    Goat F***er   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Tarot Wall
    Earth Angel   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tarot Wall
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