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Wall of the Dead

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The Wall of the Dead is the highest area on the Second Tier. It holds three sport routes and one mixed (bolts plus gear) route. Dead Can Dance (9) is a popular route on the right side of the wall. The Dead Zone (10a) climbs a crack system just left of Dead Can Dance. Dead Again (10c) is a steep face route up the middle of the wall. Isle of the Dead (10c) climbs a black streak in the chimney to the left.

Just left of The Wall of the Dead are the slab routes Incline Club (8) and Tomb of Sorrows (9), making this a popular area for those seeking moderate adventures.


A. Isle of the Dead, 10, 1p, 70', 8 bolts. Black water streak in chimney.
B. Dead Again, 10, 1p, 60', 6 bolts. Steep, committing face.
C. The Dead Zone, 10-, 1p, 70', 2 bolts & gear to 2.5". Corner, bulge, & cracks.
D. Dead Can Dance, 9+, 1p, 60', 7 bolts. Corners to arete to roof.

Getting There 

Climb up the talus field above the Tyrolean Traverse. A dirt path starts at the top of the talus. Follow the path uphill a bit until the trail splits. Continue up the hill on the right trail branch. You'll eventually reach a steep wall with a scooped-out face; this is the route Strange Science. Continue right and up the hill, following a loose and eroded trail. On the left is the Middle Wall slab; directly above is The Wall of the Dead. A deep chimney separates the two walls.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wall of the Dead:
Dead Can Dance   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Dead Again   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Dead Can Dance 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Wall of the Dead
Start just right of a pine tree at the right side of The Wall of the Dead. Climb a corner just left of the arete to a ledge. Continue up another corner and move right to an airy stance on the arete. Work up to a roof, and turn it on the left. Step left and climb an awkward corner to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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