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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bank:
B/C 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
jasonbecker.com 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
2150 A.D. 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
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
Staying Power 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Lost Planet Airman 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
Emperor's Robe 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
No Future for the Timid 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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'
SuedeHead 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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SuedeHead 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b CO : Shelf Road : The Bank
This is a beautifully technical route that is both gymnastic and powerful with two definitive cruxes. The first crux is between the 2nd and 4th bolts, after the three pockets...involving a matchbook left hand to a deadpoint to the sloping "Quarter Pounder" rail. There is a endurance crux of .12- after the rail and before the anchors. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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