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Rebel Wall

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Amy Is No Help T,TR 
Body English T 
Dirty Girl T,S 
Floppy Boot Stamp T 
Large Crack T 
Large Crack (Mabe's version) T 
Learner's Permit T 
Make It So T,S 
Mama Says Knock You Out T 
Southpaw S 
Upper Cut T 

Rebel Wall  

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Rebel Wall is the all-too-infrequently climbed complex of walls directly above Pete's Wicked Cave. The Wall faces South, is high enough on the hill side to get good sun most of the day, and has plenty of routes to keep the party going for most of the day. While there are some bolts here and there, the crag has been largely developed as a trad spot and consequently most lines chase obvious crack systems. Most of the lines currently developed are left of the wide overhang on the right side of the crag. Most guidebooks to Clear Creek Canyon are outdated and this is especially true for the Rebel Wall. Nonetheless, for convenience sake, numbering here follows the old Hubbel guide (1995) that lists 21 routes from left to right. Noto Bene: This crag sits directly above the road where the rock fall potential is dramatic, so take the usual precautions or more so.

Getting There 

Park in the pull-out at the large black boulder 7.2 miles up the canyon. Rebel Wall can be approached from either the West or East via rough trails. The crag lies right above mile marker 264.

Eds. the 4th class can be avoided by staying further left (west) on the approach.


A. Amy Is No Help, 4, 1p, gear.
B. Learner's Permit, 5, 1p, gear.
C. Unknown, 1p, bolts.
D. Dirty Girl, 8, 1p, 60', bolts, pin, gear.
E. Large Crack, 9, 1p, 120', gear.
F. Large Crack (Mabe's version), 9, 1p, 100', gear.
G. Mama Says Knock You Out, 11-, 1p, 80', gear.
above G? The Curse of Eve, 12+?, gear.
H. Epidot, 11, 1p.
I. Southpaw, 10-, 1p, 95', bolts.
J. Body English, 9, 1p, 90', gear
above J. Upper Cut, 10, 1p, 50', gear.
K. Make It So, 10+ PG-13, 1p, 75', gear & bolts.
above I. Make It Go, 9, 1p.
L. Jump Start, 11 R.
M1. Only The Strong, 11.
M2. Dreidel, 10, bolts & gear.
N1. Piedmont Boulder Toad, 10, bolts & gear.
N2. Siouxnami, 12, bolts & gear.
above N. Winter Kill, 12+.
O. Last Chance to Dance, 11+, bolts & gear.
P. Busta Move, 11+, 1p, bolts.
Q. Down To The Wire, 11.
R. Floppy Boot Stomp, 8-, 2p, 195', gear.
S. Whistling Dixie, 6, gear. Below main crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rebel Wall:
Body English   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Rebel Wall
Starting the climb.  The chimney is above.

Large Crack (Mabe's version) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Golden : ... : Rebel Wall
This is a fun climb, and it is to the right of the Large Crack which is described on this site.The crux is exiting the chimney once you are inside it, or moving to the left once you are out of the chimney. There is a #4 Camalot sized crack above the chimney. This is a good moderate climb for this cliff....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By tobias
From: CO
May 18, 2003
Info above is good, except it's not above Pete's Wicked....
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Apr 20, 2008
Found some sunglasses here today and I would like to return them to the owner. Let me know if they are yours.
By Sam Benedict
From: Denver, CO
May 18, 2008
This is actually a nifty little crag, and it actually does sit right above Pete's Wicked Cave. The approach is from the next pulloff after the one with the black boulder (as for Pete's). These lines look like they would become a little more comfortable with some traffic.
By Doug Redosh
Apr 26, 2010
For the approach, ignore the first cairn when walking upriver from the Rebel boulder; walk another 100 feet up the road to a second cairn. Follow cairned trail to wall, but go L and up to next higher ledge, which is where the climbs start.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 6, 2010
FWIW, there are even ticks up here.

Also, the approach is suboptimal. Expect 3rd class. If you go above that, you are on harder than necessary terrain.

Finally, the crag is largely in the shade until late morning.
By Brian Russell
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Jul 15, 2010
Great climbing spot, but the approach is pretty sketchy. You're pretty much on your own to find a faint trail to the crag.
By Hiro
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2012
Trail is still faint, cairns are intact though, follow them. Somewhat adventurous approach, just wear decent shoes and be careful. It's an interesting crag, I guess people don't like visiting random places as much as I do....
By goingUp
Apr 9, 2013
It might be a better idea to park at the Nightworm Pinnacle to hit the trail to Rebel Wall more directly. There is no great way to enter the trail off the road, but there is a cairn near a small shrub that leads through the switchbacks up. The trail is a bit faint and ends up being class 4-ish at the top, which can be interesting with a climbing pack but is straightforward enough....
By Rob Meringolo
From: Denver, CO
Jul 26, 2014
Do not approach via the wash directly across the road from the black boulder listed in the description. Walk upstream and find a cairn that sits atop the hillside, carefully walk up loose dirt and rock, follow cairns to the base of the crag. The "wash approach" is nasty and a chute to send loose rock to the road. Climb Body English!!!
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