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Ridgway Dike Wall

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Ridgway Dike Wall 


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Elevation: 7,100'
Location: 38.1141, -107.7179 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Fleetwood Matt on Oct 16, 2011
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Description 

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-


Getting There 

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.


7 Total Routes


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Whitehouse, Teakettle, and Sneffels above the Dike.
Whitehouse, Teakettle, and Sneffels above the Dike...
Looking down at the dike wall.  The water-cut notch is visible on the right.  The black rock is the basalt dike.  The red is decomposing Cutler sandstone, and the white is Entrada, I think.  The Full Curl route is the face on the left between the pair of small white dihedrals. If you look closely, you can see a Sunday nude family yoga class at Orvis Hot Springs in the background.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down at the dike wall. The water-cut notc...
Looking up from the notch at the main cliff in morning sun.  The ol' top rope tree can be seen at the far left crest of the dike.
Looking up from the notch at the main cliff in mor...
Oso scopes new routes from his rockfall-safe bivy cave.
Oso scopes new routes from his rockfall-safe bivy ...
The Dike Wall Topo....
BETA PHOTO: The Dike Wall Topo....
The Dike... it averages about 6 feet wide, which you can see when viewed end on.
The Dike... it averages about 6 feet wide, which y...
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By Aaron Patrick
From: Ridgway, Colorado
Jul 19, 2014

Darn the taggers!

I just visited here to show this place to some friends on the 4th of July, 2014, and the bottom 8 feet of Sam's, Roger's, and Mac's had all been spray painted red, and so had the ground beneath them. At least somebody had tried to remove the sight of the tags on the wall with rock colored spray paint, yet still, it was not exactly the right color, and so it still looks a little odd. Better gray than red, and without words in it, but still not as natural as had been throughout history before the tag-master set in with his/her dirty work. The ground still has wording, but I could not even make out what it read for the potential identification of the felon . . . .

Oh well, I suppose that life goes on, but what is the point of this atrocity?