Grand Mesa is a prominent, east-west landform capped by hard, volcanic basalt. The original basalt field may have had a surface area of up to 750 square miles, but due to extensive erosion, the present-day remnant is about 53 square miles. This remnant has a "Y-shaped" outline, with Crag Crest on the east forming the stem, and the Palisade and Flowing Park lobes forming the branches. Thickness of the in-place basalt ranges from about 600 feet near Crag Crest to less than 200 feet on the western tips of the lobes.
The Grand Mesa is most easily accessed from Grand Junction by driving east on I-70 to Exit 49 and heading south on CO Highway 65. The drive time is ~1 hour.
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Another Story 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40' Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
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Another Story 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Beyond Civilization Wall
This route tackles a low bulge to some delicate moves ending with a jug and passing a roof to a pocketed headwall. It has great movement on good rock. There is a hollow sounding block in the roof that is solid for now. A shoulder length sling recommended for 1st bolt. If you blow the crux moves between the 1st and 2nd bolts, you will hit the ground. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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