This proud cliff was once a prime destination for Shelf's top climbers, hosting an astounding collection of stellar lines. Development began here in the summer of 1987, and culminated in Darryl Roth's historic 1989 ascent of The Skinwalker, at the time Shelf's hardest free climb. An unfortunate indiscretion by a visiting climber caused the local land owner to close access to the crag, and as a result, these brilliant climbs have tragically drifted into obscurity.
Routes L--> R:
1. Unknown #1 5.10?, bolts to chain anchor
This crag was included in Mark Van Horn's 1990 Shelf Road Rock Guide. Copies are currently available from Chessler, the Denver Public Library or CSprings Public Library. This book is still impressively accurate despite its age. PM for additional information.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for University Wall:
Le Pumping Bull 5.12b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Critical Mass 5.13a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
The Skinwalker 5.13b Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
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Critical Mass 5.13a CO : Shelf Road : University Wall
Perhaps Shelf's first 5.13 lead, Critical Mass climbs an amazing, bulging buttress of exquisite, bullet limestone. The business comes quick with a brutal "B2" boulder problem on poor crimps to reach a sinker 2-finger pocket at the first bolt. The crux ends with a big move to reach a large, flat edge at the 2nd bolt. The angle relents as the line moves left, into a scoop, past a bit of a runout to reach the third bolt. More featured black stone leads to a sloping ledge with a small dead tree ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO