The Sports Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Rufus' Roof Variation in yellow and new anchors x'...
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The Sports Wall is an unlikely looking, but quite fine, West-facing crag. It sits a tad back of the tunnel entrance. There are at least three good bolted lines at 5.11 and 5.12 along with several moderate trad lines. For many years, The Sports Wall was frequently a climbers first introduction to Clear Creek, and most came away with the sense that Clear Creek was only for the hard core. While that is no longer true, The Sports Wall does not offer much for the moderate climber but a rather uninteresting 5.6 trad line on the left; lots better trad in Clear Creek. The main bolted lines, however, offer some fine tricky climbing on solid rock.
From the intersection between CO 93 and CO 58 head West along Clear Creek. Park immediately after the first tunnel at 3/4 mi. There is very little room for parking, usually no more than a few cars. If things do get crowded, more parking can be had 1/4 mi ahead on the South side of the road. The Sports Wall is accessed from a trail that starts on the South side of the road, just where the guard rail begins.
A. Number 5 Crack
, 8, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
, 8 PG-13, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
C. The Happiness of Pursuit, 10, 1p, bolts & gear.
D. Unknown, 8 PG-13, 1p, gear.
E. Unknown, 9-, 1p, gear.
FH. My Generation
, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Happiness of Pursuit
, 10 PG-13, 1p, 40', bolts & pin.
H. Generation Gap
, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
HI. Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls
, 12, 1p, 70', bolts +/- gear.
I. Balkan Dirt Diving
, 12-, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
J. Pet Semetary
, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Coffin Crack
, 9, 1p, 83', gear.
LM. Rufus' Roof, 12, 1p, TR.
M. Olaf's Roof, 11 R, 1p, gear.
NM1. Rufus' Roof Variation
, 10, 1p, gear.
NM2. Rufus' Roof Variation Variation, 1p.
O. Changing Corners Dihedral
, 7, 1p, 65', gear or TR..
P. Beginner Sports
, 5, 1p, 55', gear or TR.
Weather station 1.8 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Sports Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Sports Wall:
Pet Semetary 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For The Sports Wall
Balkan Dirt Diving 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Colorado
: ... : The Sports Wall
Here is another excellent route by the master of excellent routes, Ken Trout. Balkan Dirt Diving begins in the middle of The Sports Wall in a smooth yellow plate bounded by a corner on the right.Balkan Dirt Diving, like Generation Gap, delivers its crux right away. A thin seam move and a pair of clips leads quickly to a tricky traverse straight right into a shallow, left-facing corner. Hitting the corner dusts the crux at 5.12a. Chase a few bolts on excellent edges to a small roof t...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
From: Denver, CO
Jan 22, 2013
Just a note on the approach...walk further than you would think on the big flat trail before turning uphill. Go past the wall to a noticeable trail heading up hill. It will take you to the right side of the wall.
By Dan S.
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 6, 2014
Today I noticed more anchors have been set while I was venturing at the top of this crag. Anchors were set at the top of Coffin Crack. Anchors were set 10 feet right of the Rufus' Roof Variation (see beta photo). Anchors were set about 30 feet to the right of Rufus' Roof Variation. I climbed the Rufus' Roof Variation up until the last 15 feet where I wandered right towards the anchors. Probably 5.6. If no one has claimed a name then I would like to call it the Rufus' Roof Variation Variation.
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
Apr 7, 2014
Thanks for the beta photo. I added those much needed anchors over 2 years ago. Please enjoy clipping them :)