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Gateway Vicinity aka The West End Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,992'
Location: 38.72284, -108.9162 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009
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Ah yeah! A nice line for sure.


The far western sections of Colorado are pretty wild. What settlements there are are based upon ranching and uranium exploration. Due to its nature and relative inaccessibility climbers have been late to develop this quiet corner of the state.

The cliffs detailed in this part of Unaweep are spread out roughly along CO-141 between the heart of Unaweep and the small town of Uravan. Once you travel further than, this the cliffs continue but are described in the Naturita/Nucla section of this database.

Many of the known cliff in this area were developed by Charlie Fowler and others from Telluride. There is, however, much to still be explored.

Getting There 

From Grand Junction, Colorado. Head south out of town on US-50, towards Montrose and Delta. After traveling about 9 miles south of Grand Junction, turn right on CO-141, toward Gateway. This intersection is located in the small town of Whitewater.

Follow CO-141 past Nine Mile Hill, and continue for a several miles past all the granite cliffs in central Unaweep. Eventually the road drops steeply through a narrow section in the canyon with some sharper turns. After this the canyon opens up to reveal a huge valley with sandstone cliffs in every direction.

Climbing Season

For the Unaweep Canyon area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gateway Vicinity aka The West End

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gateway Vicinity aka The West End:
Coyote Ugly, et al.    5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sewemup Mesa
Banana Hammock    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Gateway : Brighams Peters Tower (aka ...
Immoral Disapproval   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Gateway : The Palisade
The Black Mama   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Gateway : The Palisade
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Rock Climbing Photo: Brighams Peters Tower.

Banana Hammock 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Brighams Peters Tower (aka ...
This is THE line on this formation, it faces southeast and climbs excellent windgate rock for the majority of the climb with a spectacular summit pitch.P1. This pitch is OW the whole way. Straight in stacking gets you into the corner system. Where a full body workout begins in a flared corner, climb 80' to the stopper roof above. Climb out this roof on #5 C4 Camalots (5.11, solid) and into an alcove where an OK belay can be made on a couple #6 Friends, a small cam, and a pin, +/- 110...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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