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The Dike Wall is a wild vertically-oriented, volcanic, basalt dike that cuts through decomposing Entrada and Cutler sandstone layers on a west-facing hillside. Adding to the interesting geology, intermittent drainages have scoured the uphill side of the dike, making for taller up-hill-side cliffs. Further, the drainage has punched a hole right through the dike making for easy access. The biggest (approximately 90 feet) cliffs face east and receive a bit of morning sun. Otherwise, the climbs remain cool and shady even mid-summer. Old timers have been top-rope climbing here for decades. There was even a bolting dispute back in the '80s. This crag has a lot of monikers including the Fin, the Aqueduct, and the Great Wall of China. Feel free to make up your own. Various lines have previously been scaled. With the consent of and in the interest of the climbing community, I've tried to clean, trundle, and bolt historical and new lines in a safe manner. Regardless, there are many loose holds. Please test holds and always wear a helmet, especially on belay. There have been several close calls already! It's best to stick to the bolt lines as most loose holds have been trundled. Getting off-route will greatly increase chances of knocking down headaches. Top-rope belay uphill on the far side of the belay gully when possible. There is a convenient TR belay bolt that's perfect for Sam's, Roger's, and Mac. Consider taking a brush and scrub a few key holds on your way down. Thanks-
From the Ridgway stoplight, go exactly 3.0 miles south on U.S. 550 toward Ouray. You'll pass Orvis Hot Springs (think Sunday nude family yoga) and Weber's campground. You might be able to see the dike up on the left-hand hillside. Slow down and keep your eyes out for a non-descript rough BLM road on the left. Take a hard left hand turn. It's not someone's driveway, don't go there. If you see Redcliff Self-Storage, you've gone 1/2 mile too far. Go 1/4 mile up the rough road to a parking spot at a the drainage. You should see an old, undercut, concrete, swale slab. Hike up the main drainage 2 minutes to the dike and scramble through the notch. Most climbs are to the right.
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