This is another steep wall in this group of small but diverse crags just east of the Grotto Wall complex. There are not any routes below 5.10 on this wall, but it does boast a few good 10a’s along with the historic crag naming climb, Thindependence. The remainder of the routes range from harder 10 up to 12c. The cliff is mostly hidden from view because of a dense tree stand, but once underneath it, you can easily make out all climbs. It faces south and west, so it can be rather hot on certain climbs during the peak of a summer day. Nevertheless, it is another gem that shouldn’t be missed.
Park at the large shoulder area beneath the First Grotto Wall. Walk up the road (CO Hwy 82) back east toward the top of the Pass. After approximately 300-400 yards uphill, you will pass a small (one car) parking slot on the right and will soon come to a cairn and a climber's trail on the north (left) side of the road. Follow the trail with cairns past Outrageous Overhangs, continue up the mini talus field after which the trail will fork. Take the right fork and then the next left fork (second right fork heads to V2). You will be at the base and right side of Thindependence at this point. Head up the steep trail and small rock steps to access all climbs on this wall. There is a distinct gap between OO and Thindependence.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Thindependence:
Thindependence 5.11a Trad, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Sunshine Daydream 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Satanic Mechanic 5.12b Sport, 1 pitch
Gold Finger 5.12c Sport, 1 pitch, 85 feet
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Awesome, low percentage slabbing! Starts as for Mr. Bo Trundle (10d) but shoots straight for the beautiful, left-angling seam. The mid section is stout and ends at a decent rest before the "slab", seam section above. High crux (for me) at about bolt 6. The chains seem pretty far away after clipping bolt 7, but it is cruiser. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO