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The Checkerboard wall is a small (for the Black!), oval-shaped cliff just upstream from the North Chasm View Wall and the Cruise Gully. It is about 500 feet high, and thin, somewhat faint intersecting bands of pegmatite are the reason for the name. The main wall faces south, is very smooth, and has a noticeable lack of crack systems; the Checkerboard Wall route climbs the only feature passing for such, angling up and right across the face. The narrow west face is less-attractive looking but has more cracks, including the continuous Maiden Voyage system just left of the SW corner of the wall; this was (duh) the wall's first route.
Approach by descending the Cruise Gully. Halfway between the campground and ranger station on the rim, find a path into the woods which is now marked with a sign indicating the Cruise Gully. Follow the steep gully down past 2 sets of rappels (currently sporting a fixed line at the first) to where it opens out into bushy talus. Checkerboard Wall lies just east, situated midway between the canyon rim and bottom.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Checkerboard Wall:
The Maiden Voyage aka The Red Dihedral 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches
King Me 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 325'
Checkerboard Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 5 pitches, 750'
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Checkerboard Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b CO : Gunnison : ... : The Checkerboard Wall
This route is awesome! Perfect stone, great position, spicy, thoughtful climbing, and, most of all, a ridiculously improbable looking line make for an incredible, albeit shorter, afternoon in the Black. Start: Head down the Cruise Gully. Shortly after the second rappel, the gully opens up briefly and an obvious climber's trail splits off left. Follow this for a short while (minor bushwhacking and scrambling) until it turns sharply left up to the wall and to the base of a long 20-30' wide rig...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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