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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Outrageous Overhangs Area area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Thindependence:
Spookalator   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Thindependence   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Sunshine Daydream   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Satanic Mechanic   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Gold Finger   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Spookalator 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Thindependence
This route doesn't look like much from the ground, but the upper half is surprisingly fun with good movement. It is a nice warm-up and is worth doing....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Drew Herder
Sep 20, 2015
Just to the right of Junior Olympic Wall!
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