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Agent Orange 
Apple Bites Back, The 
Apple Jam 
Armistice (AKA The Armisist) 
Bitten by a Manpris 
Cactus Carrie 
Cactus Drop 
Cattle Prod 
Curious George 
Dead Tree Crack 
Dough Boys 
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam 
Dune, The 
Farts of Horsemen 
Gotham City 
Grand Cru 
Hide n' Seek 
High Pockets 
Holy Sheath 
It Takes a Village 
Jelly Bellies 
Jump for Cholla 
Knot Head 
Lime and Punishment 
Limestone Lady 
Liquid Pork 
List, The 
Little Mecca 
Little Red Badge of Courage 
Miller Time 
Monster Man 
New Route (a.k.a. Black Rib) 
No Place for a Gentleman  
No Place For a Lady 
No Tomorrow 
Not So Killer Bees 
Opportunist, The 
Pesko Sour 
Phase Dance 
Pocket Laureate 
Porkus Non Grata 
Primal Urge 
River of Rabbits 
Shithouse Traverse 
Short Slaughter 
Single Gun Theory 
Slamdance Cosmopolis 
Slipper Queen 
Spike aka BR 1 
Spinney Dan 
Taos Hum 
Time Square 
Tinsel Town aka BR 2? 
Turbo Road 
Vail Athletic Club 
You Snooze, You Lose 
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East facing side of Sand Gulch with a variety of decent and classic routes. Classics include (but not limited to) Suburbia 10c, Spinney Dan 10c, Little Mecca 12a/b, Regrooveable 11b, Cactus Drop 10d, You Snooze you Lose 11b/c. Morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There 

Approach via trail from the Sand Gulch Campground. Branches left from the dry wash up short and steeply to the south end of this east facing wall. Another trail crosses from the north end of Freeform Wall down into the wash and back up to the north end of Contest Wall.

71 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Contest Wall:
The Opportunist   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Enterprise   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Dune   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dr. Howard's Digital Exam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 82'   
Suburbia   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Spinney Dan   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cactus Drop   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Porkus Non Grata   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
High Pockets   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Silverado   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Regroovable   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Limestone Lady   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport   
Single Gun Theory   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport   
The Apple Bites Back   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Trick-or-Treat   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 130'   
Metropolis   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Turbo Road   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Phase Dance   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Little Mecca   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Contest Wall
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Spinney Dan 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  CO : Shelf Road : ... : Contest Wall
A really fun jug haul, just climb carefully through on easy ground to the very high first bolt. Located on Contest Wall two climbs past Miller Time . Climbs up the moderately steep south face and arete. This route has so many huge holds it felt easy for the grade, especially if one used holds on the arete near the top. Savor those handles!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes left of Knot Head (5.9) - they were not in our guide. Please send me a message if you know (& I'll remove the pic).
Does anyone recongnize this route(s). Two routes l...
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
Taken from the Sand Gulch campground
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By Rex Mammel
Oct 6, 2003

There have been many changes made to the routes on this cliff. For example, bolts changed from homemade to modern, bolts added, new starts added, anchors changed and trees removed. Always count the bolts to verify actual number; or just carry a few extra, many routes have three added bolts if they were runout before. You can also look for route names and grades written on the rock at the start of many new routes.

Any guidebook you have will be very out of date.

By Jason Velocity
May 7, 2004

"route names and grades written on the rock" - are you insane?

By Nate Oakes
May 17, 2006

I was just at the Contest Wall last month, and I found the new guidebook by Fred Knapp/Rick Thompson/Rich Aschert to be quite helpful and accurate. It's called Shelf Road Rock, put out by Sharp End Publishing, should be easy to find.

By Mstoltzfus
Nov 10, 2009

We were at Contest Wall this weekend, and there seemed to be lots of activity, including new bolting. Any information about new routes since the Knapp/Thompson/Aschert guide?