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The Grizzly Grotto Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Rob Griz on Mar 23, 2011
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This drytool area has been separately named due to its unique location between the Spiral Staircase Area to the East and the Rigid Designator Area to the West. It is easily passed when traversing from the Rigid Designator to the Spiral Staircase and has been recently developed into a sport drytool area. The distinctive "cat walk" ledge marks the western edge, and the sizeable grotto lies midway along this 80m long wall. It is host to a few new drytool lines with many more possibilities. Multiple roofs and burly starts are some of the distinctive features found here.

Getting There 

The area lies between the Spiral Staircase and the Rigid Desiginator Amphitheatre. It is left of the prow where the weakness/rope ladder leads to the cliff top for top-roping.

Climbing Season

For the Vail Ice area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Grizzly Grotto

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Grizzly Grotto:
The Mauling   M8     Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Griz pulling the 3rd roof on the FA.  Gives an ide...

The Mauling M8  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : The Grizzly Grotto
This route begins under a massive roof with a burly start, and works up into a shallow, left-facing corner (possible rest). Continue up overhanging terrain, trending slightly left. Following the same amazing crack system to the top, clawing your way past 2 more roofs. Step left on to the ledge with 2 ring anchors. Sustained and fun, it is well-protected (almost too much so) and climbs a little like Amphibian. It is possible to do a Figure 9 to work over the first roof. The fir...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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