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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:
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'
Number 1 Super Guy 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Gen X ation (aka Musso Route) 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
Thunder Tactics 5.11c 6c+ 24 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'
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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No Rest For the Wicked 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CO : Shelf Road : The Bank
A few jams and laybacks on a great shelf face climb at mid-left on Back to the Future wall (2nd major clean wall on N side of Bank). Easily climb up the initial ledge and follow the crack through three bolts and technical face moves to the fist overhang. Cop a rest before pulling the crux and continuing up this strenuous climb to the anchor. I found no holds at the anchors, and used the massive ring attached to said anchors to clip the chains. Anyone else find this also?Per Bob-a: The lo...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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