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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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Down South 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R CO : Glenwood Springs : ... : Quartzite Wasteland
Down South is a quality line with sustained climbing and some "serious" sections." It goes with all gear but expect to do some good climbing above your gear. May be the best route on the wall and has been highly touted by those who have climbed it.Shares the same start as El Lagarto Borracho before moving right and climbing the vertical crack system splitting the right edge of the face. Tricky gear and thoughtful climbing characterize the first third of the route before well-protect...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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