Mission Wall

United States | Tunnel Two West | Rock Climbing Clear Creek


The brooding north and east-facing Mission Wall watches over the Wall of the ‘90s, though few venture over to it. The cliff is one of the tallest in Clear Creek, as well as houses a cluster of projects. While the rock is not the highest quality, Ride the Snake into Nice Ride is a classic, multi-pitch 5.10a moderate. Approach: Drive just past Tunnel 2 (6.5 miles up canyon) and park immediately on the left in a large pullout as for Wall of the ‘90s. Walk along the river, going past the Wall of the ‘90s left-hand turnoff. Head down a scree slope to the river, and spot a steel cable going across the river. The steel tyrol will trash a carabiner, so either bring a junk biner, steel carabiner, or better yet, a pulley. Once across the river, turn right and walk back towards the highway to the base of the climbs. Descents from Surrette Ledge: It is possible to walk off to the left from the summit, although the best method is to rappel. To rap from Surette Ledge, you can rap a number of routes, but the easiest and most efficient way is to rap Rocketman with two 60-meter ropes. Rocketman Rappel: An easy to access top anchor lets you rap about 60 feet down to an anchor. Then, an airy 200-foot double rope rappel brings you to the ground. You could swing in and clip a few directionals, if you only have one rope, to access intermediate anchors. Gniess Route Rappel: This involves a little bit more of a commitment to get to the top anchor and does not have as good of anchor systems, but it is a good option if you only have a 70-meter rope. Wild Child Rappel: If you only have one 60-meter rope, you can rappel Wild Child, stopping at every anchor. It helps to have climbed the route to find the anchors, otherwise just follow the bolt line on your way down. You may have to clip a directional at times.

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