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Pipeline Wall  


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.92354, -107.76635 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is a great group of climbs just east of Bridal Veil Falls. It has some of the best views of the valley that can be had in Telluride. Accessible in mid-spring to fall time, the road is closed in that winter, but climbing here then wouldn't be ideal anyways. It can snow in any month of the year, so be careful and have a quick excape plan always. There is not a lot of action in terms of climbing, but the road can be practically overrun by tourist in the festival season.

Getting There 

Follow CO 145 through Telluride and out the east end of town. The road will turn to dirt about 1.5 miles outside of town at the Idarado Mine. Follow the dirst road switchbacking for about 2 miles. A highclearance vehicle is ideal. Park two stichbacks above the bottom of the falls in a small, but prominent turn out. Cross the large stream on the bridge leading away from the falls and follow the trail along the cliff face to the climbs. If you can not drive the road, park at the bottom of the road and hike to the turnout and crag.

Per chris berdoulay: Drive or hike until you are at the switchback at the base of the falls. Continue hiking to the next switchback (where it turns back toward the falls). Continue straight through the switchback (hiking away from the falls), over a bridge and toward an old mine. If you find yourself looking over the falls you've gone to far. The wall is past the mine.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',5],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pipeline Wall:
Ame's Way   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   
Rock Cobbler   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Skylight Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   
High Motivation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Rocksteady   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Contortionist   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Whip or Will   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
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A rope on High Motivation. The first two bolts are low angle, the rest is a steep pumpfest.

High Motivation 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : Pipeline Wall
Climb starts easy through a bad layer of rock before the first bolt, then Telluride conglomerate. The face is much steeper than it looks, so keep moving! Blaze through a roof up high and soon you'll be at the chains. This route is quite a pump-fest for the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By chris berdoulay
Aug 16, 2010
I think the directions are a little off. Drive or hike until you are at the switchback at the base of the falls. Continue hiking to the next switchback (where it turns back toward the falls). Continue straight through the switchback (hiking away from the falls), over a bridge and toward an old mine. If you find yourself looking over the falls you've gone to far. The wall is past the mine.
By andrewmerrill
Oct 10, 2014
Does anyone have any beta on the sport routes above and below? the via's Main Event? I've seen at least a few routes above and was told there were a couple multipitch sport routes leading up the face to the via... grades??