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Iron Horse Wall  

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Submitted By: Greg Parker on Oct 20, 2006


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One of the premiere walls at Blue Sky. The main section houses 4 classic climbs and is flanked by several enjoyable warm-ups. The climbing is typically on small pockets up slightly overhanging, perfect stone.

Getting There 

Once at the main trail, walk left for about 2 minutes. You'll pass Turkey Vulture (12c, big bulging black buttress) on your right. The Iron Horse wall is the next obvious shield of stone, with nice open views of the canyon.

Climbing Season

For the Blue Sky area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Iron Horse Wall:
Engine No. 9   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Iron Horse   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Monorail   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
Big Train   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 50'   
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Me starting up Big Train a long time ago. The move...

Big Train 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  SD : Spearfish Canyon : ... : Iron Horse Wall
Small, small, small pockets up the black streak. Tough right off the ground and continuously difficult for 5 bolts. The climbing is not too powerful, but it requires a lot of tenacity. The redpoint crux going to the 4th bolt is a bit of an eye-opener the first time you try it (I have to pull off of those?). Finishes on easier terrain ~ 5.9. I got the FA of this route kind of unexpectedly.... "I'll just go up and try the moves".........[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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By Miah
Jan 2, 2007
My favorite of the Blue Sky walls. The routes here blend technique and power and expose any weakness in either department. The beautiful views and stellar climbing are a combination hard to find, let alone match, anywhere.
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