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Paleosol Wall

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Aggressive Posturing T,S 
Babies Have Rabies T,S 
Bioturbation T 
Brown Chicken Brown Cow S 
Day Old Mackerel S 
Diagenesis S 
Flat Rock Flight T 
Ft Mac Gravy Train T,S 
German on 2nd T,S 
Get Crazy With the Cheese Wiz T,S 
Hooose S 
Jungle Gym S 
Mafic T,S 
Mass Extinction S 
Mass Wasting S 
My Favorite Human S 
Night Watchman T,S 
Open Project TR 
Paleoflow T 
Paleomagnetism T 
Paleosol T 
Pull the Trigger T,S 
Punctuated Equilibrium S 
Roof Pendant T 
Technicon Man S 
Topographic Reversal T 
Ultramafic S 
Vesicle Joyride S 
Xenolith T,S 

Paleosol Wall  

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 39.0055, -108.2005 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Alex Garhart on Nov 8, 2012
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Paleosol Wall is a ~50 foot tall, south-facing buttress that houses a handful of great roof cracks, mixed routes, and sport climbs. The rock is high quality, clean basalt that is occasionally blank and sometimes heavily pocketed.

Getting There 

From the "Y" at the top of Land's End Road, continue 1.9 miles south and park on the side of the road near a lone, bushy pine tree on the cliff edge. Approach the tree on "looker's" left, scramble down to the cliff edge passing a couple of large boulders, and locate one of two large cairns marking the anchors for Topographic Reversal and Roof Pendant. There are thread throughs on boulders above both anchors to ease access. The Roof Pendant anchors are a little friendlier to access (cairn on looker's left).

To get back to the car, you can walk out to the east passing a loose gully in the paleosol and heading up through a class 3 weakness to the rim.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Paleosol Wall:
Diagenesis   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pull the Trigger   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Brown Chicken Brown Cow   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
German on 2nd   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Babies Have Rabies   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Aggressive Posturing   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Paleoflow   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mass Wasting   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Vesicle Joyride   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Topographic Reversal   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Ultramafic 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Paleosol Wall
Start at a big hold ~7 feet off the deck with a severe undercut where the paleosol has eroded away. Clip a high bolt (easier from the right side of the large hold), work your feet up, and deadpoint to a big hold. Keep it tight as you bump your feet up and clip another bolt. Work your way onto a sloping ledge and onto a water-streaked headwall. Clip 2 more bolts on the headwall before reaching the chains.So fun! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Alex Garhart
Sep 3, 2013
We found a black and silver Timex below Roof Pendant. PM me and I'll get it back to you.
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