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BETA PHOTO: Location of Inertia Wall from CO Hwy 133.


The Inertia wall is located South of Carbondale Colorado along CO Highway 133. It offers a variety of moderate to hard sport climbs on a great granite slab. The approach is breathtaking and worthy of the walk itself if you like walking up steep hills. This is another Crystal River Valley zone full of solitude and no crowds. The wall has sunny mornings and shady afternoons.

Getting There 

From the Carbondale City Market parking lot, head 11.1 miles South on CO Highway 133. Carefully pull into the parking lot on the left.

Approach the wall by a path just right of the rock outcrop that comes down to the highway. The approach takes about 20-25 minutes. Allow extra time if it is your first hill climb.

Hike up sandy hill into woods where you will encounter a fixed line going up a steep slope. At the top of the line, head right and cross a small scree field. Continue up and right a short ways before switchbacking left and gaining an incredible ridge that offers amazing views of the Crystal River below and vistas north and south. Continue up the ridge with an occasional switchback on the north side of the ridge, You’’ll know you’re on the right track if you pass an ancient, gigantic conifer with a fixed rope on it on the south side of the ridge. After the ancient tree, continue up an open ridge. Make a traversing left through the woods just before the obvious Forest Service sign on the ridge.

The Inertia Wall belay platforms are flat and easy to stand on making the hang pleasant. The first wall is a 110 foot, ever-steepening granite slab that starts at 80 degrees, steepens to vertical, and then ends in a roof. The lower tier offers shorter climbs. The wall receives an incredible amount of morning sunshine and is shady in the afternoon and evening.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

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Goofy Foot 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : Carbondale Area : ... : The Inertia Wall
Start in an obvious flake/chimney system left of Gardening with Green Mambas.Stem the outside of the chimney for a more enjoyable experience. After the chimney, transition to the face, and climb pleasant slab for 20 more easy feet. The crux starts off with an improbable foot smear stand up to perfect crimps on ever steepening rock. Follow the bolt line on steep rock through a small roof. The roof has a large, obvious chockstone (solid) just to the right of the climber’s path. This...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Julius Grisette
From: Carbondale
Apr 12, 2016
Trail was easy to find and easy to follow. Thank you for this very unique spot for the area.

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