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Smith Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Alex Garhart on Sep 14, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: The Buttress.

Climbing is prohibited until further notice.


Smith Wall has south-facing and north-northeast-facing buttresses and encompasses the Jack's Fortress formation. The rock is a combination of metamorphics and granitic pegmatites. Typical of Unaweep the rock quality is hit and miss.

Getting There 

Climbing here is prohibited until further notice.

Climbing Season

For the Main Canyon: Unaweep Granite area.

Weather station 17.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Frontal Assault 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Jack's Fortress
Climb fingers and stem in a left facing corner to a ledge where a flake can be reached. Climb hands and fingers up the flake with nice exposure to a small roof. Pass the roof on the left via fingers/hands to a small ledge (optional belay). Move up and right via hands in a crack that cuts through the entire fin. Surmount the pillar and move left to a couple of airy hand jams to the summit (5.9-, 115 ft). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Alex Garhart
Apr 7, 2012
I spoke with the landowners today (very friendly older fellow and family), and climbing is prohibited on Smith Wall until further notice. Unfortunately there was an altercation between landowners and an "arrogant" climber. Whoever you are, I hope you're happy.

It saddens me that someone would disrespect this old man and his family, and I hope this trend does not continue. The last thing the climbing community here needs are more access issues in Unaweep.

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