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The RED Wall is one of the best crags at Devil's Head, and being one of the steepest, supports a high concentration of difficult lines. The routes are tricky, technical and powerful. The Red Wall is part of a large system of fins that includes The Starcastle and several other minor crags. Since the steep side is East facing, all of the current routes on the Red Wall are on the East side, although loads of potential for moderate routes exists on the West face. The Red Wall is just about the perfect summer crag. The wall itself is divided into upper and lower tiers, with a good ledge for belays below the upper tier. Most of the routes are single pitch and a bit less than 100 ft long, and a 60m rope is adequate for all of the present lines. With alligator skin, corners, roofs, edges, and flakes, the rock on the Red Wall has some of the most amazing features at Devil's Head. Unfortunately, most FA data on the Red Wall are nearly impossible to attribute or even to recall. With The Great Defoliator and Master Organizer, Tod Anderson, pulling everyone together as many as three drills were working simultaneously on The Red Wall; sometimes even on the same route! Thus, most of the FA data have been loosely cobbled together as The Head Crew. In some cases, Scott Sill and Alan Nelson put in lines where FA was clearly simple, and these have been noted. The Head Crew working at The Red Wall usually included Tod Anderson, Tom Hanson, Richard Wright, and Rich Magill.
From the Zinn Overlook, take a faint trail to the right, through the woods, and down hill. The trail will descend rapidly passing a small talus field that ends just before the North edge of the Red Wall several hundred yards down hill. The Red Wall is divided into two sectors. You first encounter the "Drill" routes on the right and further downhill lie the approach pitches to the main wall. The easiest way to start on the main wall is to follow a simple approach pitch on the right and off the trail below the best obvious climbing. Alternatively, three superb 5.11 and 5.12 approach pitches can be used to gain the base ledge at 65 ft. The "Drill" routes are approached from the cut at the right end of the crag, via a small scramble to some trees at the base.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Red Wall:
Crystal Cruise aka Crystal Corner 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Drill at Will 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Cornered Rats 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Man Chowder 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Blonde Ambition 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Starting Blocks 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Dressed to Drill 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Little Secrets 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
No Turning Back 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Cornered Rats 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CO : South Platte : ... : The Red Wall
Great, airy line with a spectacular position and exciting moves. This lines goes out onto a cool planar face and then over an intimidating-looking roof. When I did this route, it gave me a sense that there was an ass-kicking waiting to happen. Only after I reached the anchors did I sit back and tell myself it really was 11b. This is the left most route on the upper tier of the Red Wall. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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