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The Bank

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2150 A.D. 
5.10 Crack 
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5.11 Arete 
5.9 crack 
A Sharp 
Abu Simbel  
Aerial Solution 
Alcohollica  
Alfalfa Omega 
Another Bolted Crack 
Aoxamoxoa 
Apple Cracks, The 
Aspiring Frog 
B Flat 
B/C 
Baby Face Nelson 
Back To The Future 
Bambi Meets Godzilla 
Binge and Purge 
Birthing the Piggy 
Bits and Pieces 
Black Hole Sun 
Bum Cakes (formerly listed as Buns) 
C Major 
Cat Ate My Homework, The 
Cerebral Brain Freeze 
CJ & The Lesbian Seagull 
Concentrated Weirdness 
Courage and Enlightenment 
Crab Nation 
Dancin` Shoes 
Dave Dangle 
Deconstructing Harry 
Dillinger 
Disciples of Hell 
Doggie Style 
Don Show, The 
Dust Lust 
Emperor's Robe 
Energy Before Ecstasy 
Ethics? What Ethics? 
Flesh Tuxedo 
From Russia With Love 
Future Fossil 
Gambino 
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route) 
Generation X 
Goodfellas 
Harry 
Heaven is Waiting 
Heavy Weather 
Heretic 
Hostile Crankover 
Ice Cream Hangover 
Incredible Weather 
jasonbecker.com 
Knot Too Many Roaches 
Ladies' Night In Buffalo 
Large Marge 
Le Petit Verdon 
Le Pincher 
Lefty 
Lesser of Two Evils 
Let Me Out 
Leverage 
Lick and a Promise 
Lime Street 
Living in America 
Lloyd 
Lost Planet Airman 
Loves Me Like a Rock 
Lynch Mob 
Ma Barker 
Machine Gun Kelly 
McFly 
Metamusso 
Mighty Mouse 
Misery 
Mismatched Partners 
Neopolitan Headrush 
New Comer (aka New Corner) 
No Future for the Timid 
No Rest For the Wicked 
Number 1 Super Guy 
On the Mushroom 
Once Upon a Time 
Otis 
Peking 
Pennies and Piggydust 
Peter Pan 
Pig City Nights 
Pink Torpedo 
Piņon Slalom 
Plate Tectonics 
Poncho 
Poncho and the Three Perverts 
Power Broker 
Pretty Boy Floyd 
Primal Scream 
Project Focus 
Puking Yuppies 
Purple Packer Smacker 
R.A.M.M. 
Razor Burn (aka Stewart's Slab) 
Richter Scale 
Ripped 
Rock Frog 
Scarf and Barf 
Scarface 
Season Down Under 
Shady Character 
Shelfish 
Solitude 
Sonic Youth 
Soprano 
Sparkle In The Rain 
Starving Hippies 
Staying Power 
Stick It 
Stomach Stapler 
Stormy Weather 
Stranger in Moscow 
Sty in the Sky 
SuedeHead 
Surreal Estate 
Sweepings, The 
Taping Tendons 
Team Anorexia 
Tendon Respite 
This is Your Brain 
Thunder Tactics 
Thunder Thighs 
Tired Arms Recovery Program (T.A.R.P.) 
Tribal Boundary 
Trundle 
Tuff Shed (aka B&C) 
Unknown 5.7 
Unsaid, The (aka The Brothel) 
Unusual Weather 
Ussen 
War In The Banks 
Welcome to Shelf Road 
What's Biting Me? 
Who Asked You? 
Why Left 
Will Purr For Treats 
You Were Meant For Me 
Unsorted Routes:

The Bank 


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Description 

The Bank is an area with a very large concentration of climbs with ratings from 5.9 to 5.13, many in the 11-12 range. Some of the best climbing at shelf is found on southern section of the right side of the bank on walls called 2150 Wall, Back to the Future Wall, and Surreal Estate Wall, likewise it is one of the most crowded areas of shelf. Just past the Bank Campground along a small BLM road, the Bank consists of the north (right) and south (left) sides of the canyon. The N side faces SW, the south faces NE. So morning shade can be found on the N side and afternoon shade on the S side.


Getting There 

Park at the lot outside the Bank Campground and use the road to begin access to any of the Bank's wall unless climbing routes far to the North in this canyon (past Cactus Rose Cliff on the left or #1 Super Guy and Quarry Wall on the North-right side). If you are climbing routes this farther up (north) the canyon it is possible to drive this bumpy dirt road and park past the climbs where the parking restrictions end. To reach the first 3 walls on the North side of the Bank take the obvious trail off the right side of the road continuing straight (immediate right fork leads to the Dark Side - Luke, I AM your Father). This trail leads you straight towards 2150 wall. Continue left along the cliff to reach Back to the Future and Surreal Estate Walls. Further down the road an approach trail leads left up to Cactus Rose Wall. Before the road bends left another trail leads right directly up to Surreal Estate Wall. Approach Times are 5-20 minutes.


149 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',76],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',6],['5.8',17],['5.9',22],['5.10',48],['5.11',39],['5.12',15],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bank:
Ladies' Night In Buffalo   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pink Torpedo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
B/C   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tuff Shed (aka B&C)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
jasonbecker.com   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lick and a Promise   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 1 Super Guy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Flesh Tuxedo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lime Street   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Unusual Weather   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Back To The Future   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lost Planet Airman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Staying Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Thunder Tactics   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Taping Tendons   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
No Rest For the Wicked   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Heavy Weather   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Future Fossil   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Surreal Estate   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Bank
Jeff getting into the crux & digging deep.  He put in an awesome effort on this climb.

Back To The Future 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a  CO : Shelf Road : The Bank
This route is on an excellent section of the cliff (named Back To The Future Wall) with 4 or 5 other routes that got stellar ratings in the guidebook. It is a great place to spend a day. This is the easiest, with the others being hard 11s or easy 12s.Back To The Future is easily identified by 2 huge pockets, side by side about 8 feet off the ground. This route has everything. It's not just a pocket-fest like many of the other routes at Shelf. The crux is about halfway up and ends in a huge ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Bank Slideshow Add Photo
Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area's on a great winter day.
Heading to the Bank Rob (R) & Piggy Bank (L) area'...
Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement to the most popular areas at the Bank: The Piggy Bank & Bank Rob areas.
Thanks to the RMFI for the great trail improvement...
Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part of the Bank at Shelf Road.
Mark leading up a thin 5.11 on the 2150 Wall, part...
Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Walls
BETA PHOTO: Te Bank - Between 2150 and Back to the Future Wall...
I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb.
I think it's called Surreal Arete. Excellent climb...
Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
Racing the last sun to the top of the wall.
The Piggy Bank.
The Piggy Bank.
Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall. <br /> <br />Photo by Paul C.
Leading Shelfish, Bank Rob Wall.

Photo by Paul C.
Another great day at the Bank.
Another great day at the Bank.
A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
A slow day on the 2150 AD Wall.
The Bank - Left (1).
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (1).
The Bank: <br />(L-R) <br />Banking on the Future <br />No Rest for the Wicked  <br />Back to the Future
The Bank:
(L-R)
Banking on the Future
No Rest for ...
2150 Wall.
2150 Wall.
Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with some of the best views.
Perhaps the worst route at The Bank, but one with ...
Looking south along the Bank.
Looking south along the Bank.
Overview.
BETA PHOTO: Overview.
The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Neapolitan Headrush Area.
The Bank - Left (2)
BETA PHOTO: The Bank - Left (2)
Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon".
Clipping the first bolt on "Le Petit Verdon".
Ditto.
Ditto.
Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. Take the left trail at the low fork which leads you into the small gully then up to the walls.
Improved trail. Please use it instead of old one. ...
Bank Rob.
Bank Rob.
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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 7, 2002

Tongue cutters will be found sporadically here, beware.

By Joe Collins
Oct 27, 2003

I made my first visit to this cliff this weekend and I have to say that the Bank is undoubtedly the finest crag at Shelf. You are likely to find a lot of solitude at the Bank these days, since the vast majority of Shelf visitors seem to flock to Cactus Cliff in droves.

By KateC
Sep 27, 2005

Hi! Does anybody out there know who I should contact about new route development at Shelf?

We managed to pry our Vedauwoo bum friend out of a crack and drag him to shelf last weekend, and all he could say while we were wandering lost around the Bank was "Wow! Check out that offwidth!" and "Oh man! That chimney would be sweet! Why did you tell me not to bring gear?!?"

So now we need to find out who to contact to see if we get any FA's or the right to add rap anchors above some fat cracks.

Please send info to kate@colocalders.com. Thanks!

By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Apr 12, 2010

Does anyone know the name of the other routes in the alcove containing "Will Purr for Treats"?

By GabeO
From: Denver, CO
Mar 7, 2011

Does anyone know the names and grades of either of these routes? 1 - Just left of Crab Nation on Piggy Bank. It's just right of The Apple Cracks (SLIM). 2 - A shorty just right of #1 Super Guy. Thanks!

By Bob Robertson
Oct 14, 2012

GebeO: This is a little late, but you can get updated info on the Piggy Bank and other surrounding rocks at www.climbingpamphlet.com

By Matt Powers
May 22, 2013

To reiterate what GabeO said, what's the route to the right of #1 Super Guy? Grade? It's 3 bolts, about 30 ft. I have a photo below, was hoping to get the route on here.

EDIT: The route is Ussen, and has been added to The Bank.