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.
This is the right bolted route in the backstage. Climb up onto ramp and pull right on to a bizarre slab. Follow this up to bolt four, reach past the crux (tall is good), and trend left to the roof. Avoid the flakes to the right of bolt 5 and 6 as they are hollow. Run it out (for now) across easy slab (20 feet)and clip the final bolt. Pull out the roof through a fun finger crack (you can place a piece from a good stance) to the anchors.Other than the currently runout section, the majority of the...[more]Browse More Classics in CO