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The First Tier  


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  • Description 

    The First Tier overlooks the beautiful Eagle River and the not-so-beautiful interstate. It faces south and can be very warm in the winter. The climbs are mainly on two distinct crags and access is over an old railroad bridge on the Eagle River.

    The crags are short but offer varied climbing; one can practice jamming and face climbing in close proximity. There are several bolt protected lines and some nice trad lines. A few moderate lines can be made much more difficult by direct starts over the lower overhangs. On the far west end of the First Tier is a nice face climb.

    At least one route has serious rockfall threatening; just because someone was stupid enough to bolt a line does not mean that it is a safe line. Look up and you will see the obvious problems.

    Getting There 

    From the Wolcott exit on I-70, travel west on US 6. A 1/2 mile from the Wolcott Yacht Club, there is a small pullout (just west of the highway barn). Park at the pullout and find the obvious trail which leads over the old railroad bridge. Follow the tracks a short distance to a steep access trail.

    A smaller crag east of the main face can be reached by travelling further east on the tracks until an obvious trail heads up.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 7.9 miles from here

    1 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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]


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    By Princess Mia
    From: Vail
    Jun 1, 2012
    IMPORTANT!!!!!
    Please note that both crags here (the lower being Tressel Rock and the higher being the CMC Crag) are on private land!!!!! It is clearly posted, and the owner does NOT want any climbers on his property.