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Dead Zone, The T 
Isle of the Dead S 

Wall of the Dead Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.99836, -105.41199 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Wall of the Dead is the highest area on the Second Tier. It holds three sport routes and one mixed (bolts plus gear) route. Dead Can Dance (9) is a popular route on the right side of the wall. The Dead Zone (10a) climbs a crack system just left of Dead Can Dance. Dead Again (10c) is a steep face route up the middle of the wall. Isle of the Dead (10c) climbs a black streak in the chimney to the left.

    Just left of The Wall of the Dead are the slab routes Incline Club (8) and Tomb of Sorrows (9), making this a popular area for those seeking moderate adventures.

    L->R:

    A. Isle of the Dead, 10, 1p, 70', 8 bolts. Black water streak in chimney.
    B. Dead Again, 10, 1p, 60', 6 bolts. Steep, committing face.
    C. The Dead Zone, 10-, 1p, 70', 2 bolts & gear to 2.5". Corner, bulge, & cracks.
    D. Dead Can Dance, 9+, 1p, 60', 7 bolts. Corners to arete to roof.

    Getting There 

    Climb up the talus field above the Tyrolean Traverse. A dirt path starts at the top of the talus. Follow the path uphill a bit until the trail splits. Continue up the hill on the right trail branch. You'll eventually reach a steep wall with a scooped-out face; this is the route Strange Science. Continue right and up the hill, following a loose and eroded trail. On the left is the Middle Wall slab; directly above is The Wall of the Dead. A deep chimney separates the two walls.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 4.8 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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    Classic Climbing Routes in Wall of the Dead

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wall of the Dead:
    Dead Can Dance   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Dead Again   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Pebby Johns starting up The Dead Zone.

    The Dead Zone 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Wall of the Dead
    This is primarily a crack climb on the Wall of The Dead at Avalon. Begin in the same right-facing dihedral as Dead Can Dance. Stem up and stretch left to clip the first bolt on this route. Climb thin cracks to a bulge and a second bolt. Turn the bulge, and continue up cracks and corners to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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