Adam bearing down on the small stuff of The Gem (S...
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".
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.
Weather station 7.0 miles from here
34 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in The Vault
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Vault:
Fire It Up 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Tryptophan 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Illusions 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Ewetopia 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
14 Carats 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Gem 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Featured Route For The Vault
Smoldering Horse Flesh 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO
: Shelf Road
: The Vault
Smoldering Horse Flesh is your typical old-school Shelf Road sport climb: runout, burly & excellent. The climb is marred somewhat by the temptation to stem out right just above the crux, but if taken directly, this is one of the best lines at The Vault and worth every bit of the 12a grade.Make moderate moves up the steep, dark slab, past a long runout to an easy stance in the obvious scoop. Get psyched for big, committing moves over the steep bulge. Thin pockets & sharp crimps head up the rou...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Local Information for The Vault
Latest Regional Forum Messages
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
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.