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Several years ago a group of hard-core radsters from Boulder and Denver went in search of steep rock and big numbers. They picked off two dozen lines at The Industrial Wall and the crags located above TIW proper. Colin Lantz, Steve LaPorta, Scott Fry and several others added most of the routes. Many climbers in the front range drooled over the photgraph of Colin Lantz on TGV, a route that overhung by 30 degrees, at least. Some of the most difficult climbing to be had close to Boulder can be found here, including at least two lines at 5.13d/14a. Fortunately for all of us gumbies, a few more moderate lines were established as well, although very little can be found below 5.12 on the main wall. The crags above hold several lines in the 5.10 and 5.11 range. Getting to them requires scrambling to the right round the wall and close to the rail road tracks. A little more exposed scrambling leads up over TIW and into these crags. The rock on TIW is a bit atypical of Mickey Mouse in general since the overhanging lines have kicked up a few good pocketed routes and a lot less of the sharp edges or crack systems typical of the rest of the wall. TIW faces due South and holds good sun for most of the day, however, since it is situated deep in the canyon, it can get chilly in the evenings when the sun is behind Eldorado mountain. If you make the hump up to Mickey Mouse and you are looking for a little bear, then TIW is an excellent option. And if you are just looking for bear close to Boulder, you would be hard pressed to find anything better than TIW.
The Industrial Wall is truly just the Southern tip of the Mickey Mouse Wall. As you hike up toward MMW, the overhanging wall on the right is The Industrial Wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Industrial Wall:
Soul Train 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Terminal 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Jumping Someone Else's Train 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Tunnel Vision 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Judon't Wanna Go There 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
T.G.V. 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Terminal Velocity 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Rogue 5.14- 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Soul Train 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b CO : Boulder : ... : The Industrial Wall
Just up from the tracks is a very steep, arete problem (route #1, Tunnel Vision), two routes left of that is Soul Train. The climbing starts off on a bulge that traverses left for a bolt or two and then heads largely straight up toward the severely overhanging start of T.G.V.. One of the moderate lines at TIW, Soul Train sports some interesting pockets and huecos, edges, and layaways. The climbing seemed to hang in with very continuous, 5.11+ moves until a clip or two b...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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