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The Vault

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14 Carats 
Breakfast in Bhopal 
Chip Off the Block 
Easy Money 
Enola Gay 
Ewetopia 
Family Jewels 
Fire It Up 
Flight Simulator 
Follow Me Tuolumne 
Gem, The 
Handyman 
Holiday In Cambodia 
Illusions 
Jewel Of The Wild 
Lucy in the Sky 
Ministry of the Almighty Crimp 
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend 
Pocket Change 
Potato Chipper 
Precious Stone 
Pubic Zirconium 
Smoldering Horse Flesh 
Sonic Youth 
Splitting the Stone 
Stinger 
Stress Rehearsal 
Sunrise Arete 
Topaz 
Tottering into Antiquity 
Traditional Trickery 
Tryptophan 
Welcome to Yosemite 
What's the Combo? 
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The Vault 


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Elevation: 6,900'
Lat, Long: 38.6326, -105.2241 Map Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 1969
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Description 

The Vault consists of two cliff bands lying roughly between Cactus Cliff and the Bank. The area faces East & NE, and so gets good sun in the morning, and shade in the afternoon. Most routes are short in contrast to walls like the 2150 or Cactus Cliff, but what they lack in height they make up in quality. The left crag, a rough continuation of the Bank, consists of numerous little buttresses creating an opportunity for corner, face, and arete climbs in a fairly compact area. While nothing here is particularly far away from the more popular walls, there is usually a feeling of isolation at The Vault that makes for a satisfying excursion. As winter rears its ugly head, we frequently head for The Vault just to keep the summer feeling hanging on a bit longer. The northern, NE-facing end of the wall is sometimes referred to as "The Gem Wall".


Getting There 

From the parking above The Bank, take the road down toward The Bank for ~ 100 yds, then turn right onto the new trail to Cactus Cliff. After ~5 minutes join the recently closed road, heading towards Cactus Cliff. When the road levels off and turns hard right, locate a good trail on the left, immediately south of the new bathroom. Follow this trail for 1 minute up hill to the cliff.


34 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Vault:
Chip Off the Block   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Fire It Up   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Flight Simulator   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Tryptophan   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stress Rehearsal   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Illusions   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Potato Chipper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Jewel Of The Wild   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Smoldering Horse Flesh   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ewetopia   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Family Jewels   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
14 Carats   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Gem   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Featured Route For The Vault
Did I send?  No...and I blame the helmet.  This climb is one of the best I've ever been on.  Photo: Eric Sjoden.

Jewel Of The Wild 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  CO : Shelf Road : The Vault
About 150' right of Illusions is an arete and corner system that just precedes the inset wall hosting The Gem. Jewel of The Wild takes the bulging face just right of the blunt arete. While pulling through the bulge is probably the crux, this route just seemed to ratchet up in difficulty the higher one climbed. Expect more edges and side-pulls than pockets. Jewel is just that, and comes with excellent stone, tricky sequences, and powerful climbing. I'll stick with two stars since it ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Stefan Griebel
Nov 1, 2005

I left my Canon S400 Elph digital camera in this area on the weekend of 10/22/05. I posted to the lost and found section as well, but I thought I'd add a post here in case someone didn't see the lost and found. I'll offer at least $50 reward. climbingdreams at hotmail.com

Thanks,Stefan

By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Sep 23, 2009

Our group saw two rattlesnakes near the base of Ewetopia last weekend, one actually spit venom on my friend's leg. Stay alert out there.