What to expect... some pretty good routes, some ok routes, some horrible piles of choss.
The attraction to the Choss Temple (AKA the Upper Red Wall, as Tod Anderson called it in his R&I article) is in the steepness of the whole thing. This feature is Riflesque - a big overhanging red granite wall. We couldn't resist putting bolts in it, with the hope that it would clean up to good climbing.
And some routes did clean up into good lines. Some didn't. I am still perplexed at the geologic anomaly that would allow this wall to be so crumbly, while the Red Wall (which is just down the hill) is so solid.Who knows?
The wall faces east, so it offers steep, shady climbing in the summer afternoons.
To find this, see the directions to get to the Red Wall. This is just up the hill from the Red Wall, about 50 yards uphill. It lies between Red Wall and the Starcastle.
This is the route just right of Worshippers. It gets points for being burly, reachy, and continuously steep. This route reminded me of a granitic version of some climb in Rifle. It has a blocky open hand moves, and even a big granite spike. It can be a bit creepy since you know it is on a wall called the Choss Temple, but so far, all the holds have remained in place. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO