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The name, Quartzite Wasteland, is a playful jab at the the Wasteland of Rifle. While not a destination area like Rifle, locals and visiting climbers will find an enjoyable half-day of quality climbs, including a couple must-do climbs on quality quartzite. No need to fear, this is no wasteland, as the hard quartzite provides for fun climbing on compact rock in a style that is unique for the Western Slope.
Park at the Hanging Lake rest area (exit # 125). Hike east on the bike path, passing the Hanging Lake Trail. A few minutes past the trail is a rockwall/revegetation project within yards of the trail. Just past that is a couple of large boulders in the grass on the left side of the trail. Hike past these boulders and scramble up rock underneath a tree. Above the scrambling, hike on a faint trail that contours the slope underneath a collection of granite crags. This trail heads into the scrub oak before traversing to a large scree slope. Hike up the scree slope on the larger, more stable rocks. Near the top of the scree slope find a faint trail that makes a couple of switchbacks before meeting the quartzite cliff. Hike left ten yards to the first of the climbs, Loss of Innoncence. Total hiking time from the car is 15 to 20 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Quartzite Wasteland:
Loss of Innocence 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
El Lagarto Borracho 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Down South 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Interstate Love Song 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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El Lagarto Borracho 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 CO : Glenwood Springs : ... : Quartzite Wasteland
“The Drunken Lizard.” This climb weaves back and forth, like “a drunken lizard," challenging your route-finding skills to ascend this at its easiest grade.Begin by climbing on face features while plugging gear into a vertical crack at the start. Pass the first, and largest roof on the left. Above, negotiate your way through a few more difficult sections and a couple smaller roof features while using a mix of bolts and horizontal seams for protection. Save a #2 Camalot for the top and be re...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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