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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 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Skinwalker 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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The Skinwalker 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c CO : Shelf Road : University Wall
The crag's main attraction, The Skinwalker is easily one of the top desperates at Shelf, offering that rare combination of bullet stone and a consistently overhanging angle. While few Shelf .13s offer a legitimate pump, success on this line depends on maintaining strength and poise as you overcome consecutive boulder problems split by pumpy rests. Begin at a left-facing corner 10' below a 2'-deep roof. Climb up the corner and make powerful moves over the roof to a pumpy stance on the slab. W...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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