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Dressed to Drill S 
Drill at Will S 
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Little Secrets S 
Man Chowder S 
Metamorphosis S 
New Beginning S 
No Turning Back S 
Outta The Chute S 
Starting Blocks S 

The Red Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.25661, -105.10023 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001
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BETA PHOTO: Upper section of The Red Wall.

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The RED Wall is one of the best crags at Devil's Head, and being one of the steepest, supports a high concentration of difficult lines. The routes are tricky, technical and powerful. The Red Wall is part of a large system of fins that includes The Starcastle and several other minor crags. Since the steep side is East facing, all of the current routes on the Red Wall are on the East side, although loads of potential for moderate routes exists on the West face. The Red Wall is just about the perfect summer crag. The wall itself is divided into upper and lower tiers, with a good ledge for belays below the upper tier. Most of the routes are single pitch and a bit less than 100 ft long, and a 60m rope is adequate for all of the present lines. With alligator skin, corners, roofs, edges, and flakes, the rock on the Red Wall has some of the most amazing features at Devil's Head. Unfortunately, most FA data on the Red Wall are nearly impossible to attribute or even to recall. With The Great Defoliator and Master Organizer, Tod Anderson, pulling everyone together as many as three drills were working simultaneously on The Red Wall; sometimes even on the same route! Thus, most of the FA data have been loosely cobbled together as The Head Crew. In some cases, Scott Sill and Alan Nelson put in lines where FA was clearly simple, and these have been noted. The Head Crew working at The Red Wall usually included Tod Anderson, Tom Hanson, Richard Wright, and Rich Magill.

Getting There 

From the Zinn Overlook, take a faint trail to the right, through the woods, and down hill. The trail will descend rapidly passing a small talus field that ends just before the North edge of the Red Wall several hundred yards down hill. The Red Wall is divided into two sectors. You first encounter the "Drill" routes on the right and further downhill lie the approach pitches to the main wall. The easiest way to start on the main wall is to follow a simple approach pitch on the right and off the trail below the best obvious climbing. Alternatively, three superb 5.11 and 5.12 approach pitches can be used to gain the base ledge at 65 ft. The "Drill" routes are approached from the cut at the right end of the crag, via a small scramble to some trees at the base.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Red Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Red Wall:
Crystal Cruise aka Crystal Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Drill at Will   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cornered Rats   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Man Chowder   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Starting Blocks   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Blonde Ambition   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Metamorphosis   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dressed to Drill   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
No Turning Back   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Red Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Kirsten starting into the crux.

Blonde Ambition 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : South Platte : ... : The Red Wall
Starting off the ledge on the main wall and nearly directly above the approach pitch "Outta The Chute", Blonde Ambition may be the best route on the wall. Blonde Ambition shares a start with "Metamorphosis" but hangs a bit right heading for a large corner and block at the top. Alligator edges, handlebar incut flakes, and roof/corner distinguish the Blonde Ambition. A must do line on beautiful rock. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Geoff U
From: Centennial, CO
Sep 6, 2016
Great setting but a long approach and much more loose rock than I was expecting... worth a visit but probably not a crag you'll keep going back to.
By drewhouser
Sep 8, 2016
Geoff beat me to it! Sparse fun lines dot the intimidating, chossy face. The remaining lines typically feel sandbagged partially due to having to check the integrity of every hold before using it.
By Mark Rolofson
Sep 18, 2016
My only complaints about the upper Red Wall, is that most of the routes are equipped with home welded coldshuts. Many of the coldshuts had marginal welding jobs, & on the overhanging wall, this is frightening. It has been 13 years since I climbed on this crag. It would be great to return & find all new stainless bolts & hangers or even 1/2" diameter plated steel Powers 5 piece & Fixe hangers.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Nov 26, 2016
All routes have now had hardware upgrades that needed them and cold shut hangers have been replaced. BTW - the welds on the cold shuts were just fine, but hopefully the new ClimbTech hardware will be more enticing for future climbers. Details such as relocated anchors, etc., will be shown on individual routes. The Red Wall should be all spruced up for next season.

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