BETA PHOTO: Backstage from the top of Gene and George's Excell...
The Backstage is part of the December Wall Massif. In the photo submitted by Paul for December Wall, it is the slab in the upper right portion of the photo. It is hidden from view once you are close to the main wall.
It shares the same rock as the polished sections of December Wall that Life After James, Gene and George's..., and Telegraph Road (currently under construction)climb through. Unfortunately It is more weathered. It currently contains three routes (2 sport and one undesireable crack). It might have potential for a couple more, although they would not be on the best stone.
As with December wall it is a wonderful winter place (sunny untill 3:30), although it's probably not be worth the trip unless you are also going to climb routes on December. Doing that it makes for a fun afternoon when combined with Life After James.
Approach as for December wall. It could be reached from the gully up the right side of the wall, but this is fourth or fifth class groveling. The best approach is from the top of December. Either walk around the left side, or top out on one of the multi-pitch December routes. From the top of Life after James you can easily traverse to the top of the wall on a flat wide ledge. Either grovel down the gully or Rap from the anchors at the top. If rappeling, bring long slings as there are no chains.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Backstage Wall:
This is the short bolt route on the west side of the slab. Start from the top of the large pillar, and place a few pieces for the belayer. Climb out and right, and edge up past bolts to the finish of Gaffer. Pull through the finger crack roof to the belay.There is a short runout 15 feet between the last two bolts. Another will be added to service Gaffer and Best Boy. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO