This small crag hosts a handful of sport routes. The rock can be slick and dirty, especially after periods of rain or after spring runoff. Many of the routes are still in the process of being cleaned and should improve with time. Climbing here is incredibly convenient as it is close to the road and requires basically no approach. There are mostly moderate routes, making this a good place for novice leaders.
The cliff gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. The base of the cliff is in the trees and stays pretty shady. Fall is probably the best time to climb here. Temperatures in the Spring are pleasant, but the rock tends to be a little dirty. Summer afternoons in the shade can be comfortable as well.
From Durango, head north on US 550 for about 12 miles, take the right turn off the highway (CR250) and park in a small dirt parking area. Hike back under the highway to the climbing area.
Routes listing (L->R)
A. Bad Math, 10+, 1p, bolts.
B. Nine Lives, 8, 1p, 50', bolts.
C. Child's Play, 6, 1p, 45', bolts.
D. Nice Jugs, 8, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. The Undercling, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Hoods in the Woods, 11, 1p, 55', bolts.
G. C.T.A. Route, 11, 1p, 55', bolts.
H. Rookie Hook, 10, 1p, bolts.
I. Psycho Billy Cadillac, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
J. Sally Pocket, 9+, 1p, 55', bolts.
K. Beginner's Luck, 7, 1p, 55', bolts.
L. Misfit, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.
M. Route 1, 9+, 1p, 40', bolts.
N. Route 2, 9, 1p, 40', bolts +/- gear.
O. Route 3, 9, 1p, bolts.
P. Wasted Asparagus, 7, 1p, 65', bolts.
Q? Under Overhangland, 12.
Unnamed 11a, 1p, 55', bolts. - location?
Squeeze Job, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts. - location?
16 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Route 3 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By ian altman|
Nov 6, 2006
I've taken part in some of the development of this area. The routes are still in the process of being cleaned, but have real potential for being a good addition to Durango climbing selection. The best routes have turned out on the lower angled (south end of the wall) and constitute some great moderate sport climbing ranging in difficulty from 5.7-5.12b. All the routes are rigged with chains.The land owner is on to us though, and he has no intention of allowing anyone to climb there. Our litigious society rears its ugly head once again, as his legal counsel has deemed the Fume Wall an "attractable nuisance."
From: Durango, CO
Sep 23, 2009
According to the GIS Data this cliff sits on CDOT right of way. Therefore is open to the public. For more information check out arcims.laplata.co.us/laplataWEBSITE/
Parcel #537124402007 is the parcel adjacent to the Fume Wall which is on CDOT right of way (Public Land).
From: Durango, Colorado
Apr 18, 2011
Found a cam at Fume Wall. Let me know where you lost it, make, and model, and it's yours.
Jul 25, 2011
With all the great climbing in the area, it amazes me anyone would climb here. I lived across the highway from this wall when we were developing at Golf and Cascade in the early '90s. Even with the 2 minute approach, I never wasted my time. Someone should strip all the hardware and put it to use somewhere deserving.
|By Step hen|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 27, 2011
Disagree. This is the closest, decent place for sport climbing to Durango with the easiest approach. It's a great place for an after-work pump. You don't have to climb a mountain like at Turtle Lake, and it's better than X-Rock IMO. Oh, and Golf ain't much better than Fume.
From: Durango, CO
Jul 28, 2011
I'm just happy to get out and climb. Ever heard the saying "sport climbing is neither" :)
|By Unassigned User|
Aug 25, 2011
I think the place is pretty good! If it's still dirty, then whoever bolted it needs to get off there fat ass and clean! It been dirty for years.
|By Gary N|
From: Durango, CO
Jul 1, 2013
A new route, 'Unknown 5.10c/d', has been added at the far left end of Fume Wall, just to the left of 'Nine Lives'. A lot of the descriptions are based off of 'Nine Lives', saying "This is the x route from the left." Just a heads up, as things need to be shifted now.
Edit: Thanks for updating this page and all the routes. Everything is in order now.