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The Leaning Wall

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A Brief Squall  T,S 
Classic Corner T 
Golden Plate T,S 
Leaning Corner, The T,S 
Leaning Crack, The T 
Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher), The T,S 
Leaning Flake, The T,S 
Leaning Seam, The T,S 
Orange Corner, The T 
Slabby Steps T,S 

The Leaning Wall  

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 38.8797, -106.14731 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Drew Spaulding on Sep 4, 2009
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"The Leaning Wall" has a good mix of moderate and difficult routes. The left side of the wall has 5 moderate routes 5.7-5.9. The right side has 5 routes from 5.10c-5.12a. Most routes require some gear placements as well as bolts for protection. Rock quality is typical gritty BV granite, but the routes are cleaning up over time.... Great afternoon sun makes year round climbing possible. (This crag is labeled "Milt's Wall" in the Arkansas Valley climbing guidebook, but "Milt's Wall" actually sits just south and above the 1st set of tunnels.) Routes are described from left to right....

(1) The Orange Corner - 5.7, gear to chains.
(2) A Brief Squall - 5.7+, gear and bolts to chains.
(3) Golden Plate - 5.9 ,(5.10a 1 bolt start optional) gear and bolts to chains - left of the "Slab Tree".
(4) Classic Corner - 5.7, climb gear to the right of the "Slab Tree" up the steep corner.
(5) Slabby Steps - 5.8, just left of the "Leaning Seam"... scramble up to a bolted bulge and up to the thin lieback crack. Finish on the bolted slab above.
(6) The Leaning Seam - 5.10d, thin gear to 1 bolt and then up to chains.
(7) The Leaning Face (AKA-Backscratcher) - 5.12a, 6 bolts and gear to chains.
(8) The Leaning Corner - 5.11b, gear and 1 bolt crux to chains.
(9) The Leaning Flake - 5.10c, gear and 3 bolts to chains.
(10) The Leaning Crack - 5.10d/11a, gear to chains.

Getting There 

The Leaning Wall is found by driving north on the "River Road" (Co. Rd. 371) from the town of BV. After passing through the first set of tunnels, drive 1/4 mile, just past the "Chief's Head" and park on the right before entering the 3rd tunnel. A large pine tree grows from the foot of the steep, leaning wall. 5 minutes up the moderate slope to the base.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Leaning Wall:
Classic Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Orange Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Slabby Steps   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Golden Plate   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
The Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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The Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher) 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Buena Vista : The Leaning Wall
Start behind the large tree up the corner (gear to 3/4"). Climb 6 bolts up the impressively steep, edgy wall... 25' more feet of gear to the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Justin Day on the Leaning Flake. Right side of the Leaning Wall.
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John Slezak on the Leaning Corner.
John Slezak on the Leaning Corner.
John Slezak on the Leaning Flake. the Leaning Corner is on the left and The Leaning Crack is just to the right....
John Slezak on the Leaning Flake. the Leaning Corn...
A photo of the left side of the Leaning Wall with the "slab tree" growing from the middle of the slab.
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The right side of the Leaning Wall....
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