By Mark Anderson
Last year I stumbled upon a rad little north-facing cliff I’m calling the Gaudi Wall (for famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi). In fact the wall is not exactly “little”, with pitches up to 38 meters. The rock is super high-quality Gneiss–I would argue some of the best in Colorado.
I put in about 20 routes on this wall in spring/summer 2017. This is easily the best crag I’ve developed and I’m really proud of it. Last weekend I polished off the last of my original lines–an outstanding lightning-bolt seam in a sheer, 20-degree overhang called Striking Distance. The line starts with really gymnastic, sequential and technical liebacking to a good rest, followed immediately by a boulder problem featuring super-burly underclinging that I figure is around V11 in its own right. My main objective over the last month was just to get some mileage on rock while passing the time until I’m ready to start training for the Fall season. This was the perfect route for some roped bouldering, but to my surprise it started coming together despite the summer heat. On Sunday I lucked into an unseasonably cold and windy day and everything clicked on the second go. I spent 11 days on the route spread over a year, and in that time I only linked the crux boulder problem one time–during Sunday’s send!
I’m working on an informal print guide for this wall and a few of the other crags I’ve been developing since 2015 (more on this to come in a few weeks, or months, but hopefully not!) I’m apprehensive about publicizing the crag because the access route passes through a residential area which could cause conflicts. If you have the opportunity to visit this place, please be courteous to the local residents, carpool, drive slowly and keep the stereotypical obnoxious-climber-behavior to a minimum. In the mean time, here are some photos of some of the Gaudi Wall’s best lines. Enjoy!