BETA PHOTO: The far right side of the Golf Wall viewed from US...
Steep limestone sport climbing is what you will find at the Golf Wall. The routes are not long, in the 50 foot range, but pack a pump. The rock varies in quality. Many of the most popular routes now have permanent chain-draws.
The wall is divided into three sub-areas. (1) The Girl Scout Wall contains some easier 5.9 - 5.10 routes, and is located on the left end of the wall. (2)The Country Club Cave contains the highest concentration of harder lines, and is easily located by finding the large cave in the center of the wall. A couple moderate lines are just right of the cave, everything else is 5.12-5.13. (3)The Right Side has a good mixture of routes ranging in difficulty from 5.10 - 5.13, and is found on the right end of the wall.
Typically the best times to climb at the Golf Wall are fall and spring. However, it is possible to climb on cooler summer days or during warm, dry periods in the winter.
Located just north of Tamarron Golf Course, approximately 18 miles north of Durango on US 550. Park in a small dirt parking area on the west side of the highway. The climbing will be visible on the opposite (east) side of the road. From the parking, cross the highway to the east side and follow a climber's trail to the crag. About a five minute approach.
This route has holds that are fun to go in between with specific body movements and stuff. This free-form rock climb will make your gripping extremities tired, unless you are immune to tiredness... in which case it won't....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
The climbs on the golf wall are only about 50 ft. in length, but are pretty steep and pack a good pump. The wall is pretty heavily bolted so knowing where exactly to go can be difficult. Choose your own adventure!
National Forest Land swap with Tammarron Resort North of Durango will trade 265 acres of pristine National Forest for Mitchell Lakes. I know this land swap does not effect our access to Golf Wall but it will change the nature of the experience. Please see attached letter from Pete Turner.
"After speaking to you yesterday, I went home and looked a little closer at the proposed 48 homesites (out of 125 that are proposed for the entire 265 acres) that will be adjacent to the Golf Climbing Wall. I think these homes will be within 400 to 600 feet of what you will be climbing. I think it will change the atmosphere. You mentioned additional popular climbing routes on the limestone rock further to the east. It would be important for your group to see how close the proposed private boundaries will come to these new climbing routes. Finally, the paved road and paved parking area will change the pristine nature of this climbing area which will make it more popular with more impact on the area. It will definitely lose its grass roots characteristics. With a paved road and luxury homes nearby, it will have a Los Angeles feel to it. (By the way, this will match the Bridge to No Where). Just some things to think about and discuss with your climbing friends. Once the boundary fences go up in 2010 or 2011, we all wonder "What the heck happened here? I don't recall this being in the plans?""
Thanks, Pete Turner
What can we do to stop this come to the meeting and voice you opinion we should also write some letters to our congress men.
Meeting: Wednesday, September 2nd 5:30- 6:30pm Open House 6:30- 9 pm Meeting Durango Public Library Forest Service-hosted public meeting
Tim was responsible for the initial efforts here but soon got out of the bolting game after we met in '93. If he was still developing, he was doing it somewhere else. I remember his focus shifting to whitewater. We still run into each other every couple years.
The Golf Wall is packed with people these day, which is freakin' awesome. As a community, we need to start upgrading all the fixed gear there regularly. It doesn't seem to take long to groove through a carabiner there. If you see a worn carabiner and you can contribute a fresh one, please do. This will keep Golf Wall fun and safe for everyone. Let's not be a statistic and have a grooved carabiner cut one of our ropes in half.
It looks like all the first bolts that have fixed draws are going to be upgraded to have steel biners, which should solve the issue of people having to frequently replace these with their own aluminum biners. Dave and Lauren Heerschap have been installing these. These two dedicate a serious amount of love and time to keeping the hardware at the Golf Wall safe. We were able to purchase these biners from the Rock Lounge and recently raised $200 for the purchase from a slideshow held there. Thanks to Ian Allison for his role in that and to Keeton Disser for getting the steel biners. Currently 3 Roofs, Par Six, and Master's Leftover has been upgraded thus far. Additionally the ASCA has helped out by donating some hardware and old, rusty bolts are being replaced as well. Word!
I don't know if I was blind to the fact that there were stairs at Golf Wall in previous years... but I don't think that is the case. So, I would like to thank whoever contributed to the trail upgrades, installed the stairs, and added the newer permadraws. Thanks! Golf Wall is looking awesome!