BETA PHOTO: Middle Class Wall Routes.
Facing North-Northwest, the Middle Class wall is a good place to avoid the harsh sun during the summer months. There are some stout climbs at Middle Class, and some quality rock, but generally, the Upper Echelon is a higher quality crag.
In the center of the Middle Class Wall, about 7 feet above the ledge at its base, is a row of crystalline rock with some darker granite "teeth" that forms an upward-facing portion of an arch. This arch is referred to in the recent Poudre Canyon Routes guide as the "smiley face" and describes the start of several routes with reference to it.
Park on the eastbound side of 14 just before the Mishawaka Tunnel, and head up the faint trail toward the cliffs. The Middle Class wall is, you guessed it, the middle of the climbable features here, and can be identified by it's lower, slabby, slightly broken section topped by a steep headwall with (probably) some fixed draws on the Twinkletoes
. Break left off the trail above the talus over some flakes (3rd class) to reach a nice ledge at the base of the wall.
A. Blue Collar Baby
, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
B. Middle Management
, 10+, 1p, 60', bolts.
, 12, 2p, bolts, P1 95'.
Above C1. Blackeye in the Sky
, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts.
C2. Streaky Stylee
, 11+, 1p, 95', bolts.
D. Goin' Streakin'
, 11+/12-, 1p, 95', bolts.
E. Middle Class Cracker
, 10-, 1p, 100', gear.
, 12+, 1p, 90', bolts.
F2. Mass Appeal
, 12, 1p, 90', bolts.
, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Mass Appeal 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Twinkletoes 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Twinkletoes 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CO
: Fort Collins
: ... : Middle Class Wall
5 bolts of easy climbing lead up and left to the middle ledge (use long draws). A hard first move off the ledge is followed by hard sustained climbing and the crux sequence through the last 2 bolts. Originally graded 12c (which I'll admit was a sandbag) then bumped up to 13a. Seems to be settling in at 12d, but you be the judge. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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From: Ft. Collins, CO
Jun 24, 2010
Make sure you have at least a 60m rope for this crag, and watch your ends lowering/rapping as most of the routes push 100'. There is some exposure along the ledges at the base and anything trundled (including yourself!) is likely to hit the trail below, so be careful. Have fun!