The Palisade at Gateway --- 4th & low 5th class rock climbing to summit

The Palisade at Gateway

4th & low 5th class rock climbing to summit

When you drive through Uniweep Canyon and approach the Dolores River/ little berg of Gateway, a huge red sandstone fin looms above the valley where West Creek/Uniweep Canyon and the Dolores River canyon join.

That huge fin is known as The Palisade. We climbed it - 4 WSA members - on a 2nd try (had trouble finding the proper start location 1st time we tried it). Now it is back by popular demand.

The ascent is:

  • a walk up a big, grungy talus slope
  • traversing on sloping sandstone ledges and scrambling on 3rd and 4th class rock
  • using a climbing rope at a few spots to give you protection &/or peace of mind on 4th class and up to ~5.4 sections of rock climbing.
  • then, you reverse it all by down-climbing much of the route combined with 3-5 rappels

If you have some rock climbing, canyoneering or other scrambling, rope work and rappelling experience, come on along.

We need to  limit this to 8 persons to control the time needed for rope work. If we have 8, we may need to break into 2 travel groups of 4. We will see how it all plays out on the early stages of the ascent.

If you canyoneer with WSA, if you were with us last autumn on Parriott Mesa, if the rock gym is a place you go for exercise; or, if you have outdoor climbing experience . . . come on along.

 

 

WHEN/ WHERE:

Meet at 7 AM under the City Market sign and row of trees at the City Market just off Hwy 50 heading south, in Orchard Mesa; before the fair grounds and on the opposite side of the road.

BRING:

  • Helmet (required)
  • Climbing harness and rappel/belay device
  • 2-6 carabiners (prefer that at least some be locking)
  • 1" webbing, 5-9mm accessory cord or a daisy chain for a safety teather
  • 1" webbing (15-60' of it in case we need to leave rappel anchors on the descent)
  • leather/ fake leather or rubber face-cotton back gloves to avoid rock abbrasion
  • headlamp (required)
  • broad-brimmed sun hat
  • pack to carry it all  
  • lunch, snacks, water (lots of each of these)
  • dress for weather from cool to warm; calm to breezy; sunny to . . . sunny

Ropes (Need 11 mm climbing rope: 120' if we rappel double rope; or, 90' or less if we take a pull cord).

 

 

 

 

Rock climbing 'rack' of cams, hexes, stoppers, etc.

RSVP:

Each and every person who wishes to participate must be a WSA member. You may only RSVP for yourself - no guests, no +1, no mention in your RSVP of 'I am bringing my brother-in-law. In your RSVP YOU MUST give a 2 or 3 sentencebio of experience that makes you qualified for this activity. If you do not post that information in your RSVP the event organizer may opt to remove your name from the RSVP roster.

CONTACT:

Aaron[masked]

 

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  • on any biking, canyoneering, climbing; or, river event that is class II difficulty or higher, wear a helmet, no exceptions
  • have fun

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That looked like alot of fun. I bet the view from the top was nice.

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast its a great way to enjoy any day :) its great to be around so many outgoing people who love the outdoors ...

    2 · March 4, 2013

  • Beth P.

    Pictures are wonderful! I can't wait! How was the road, think a Forester could handle it?

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Andy K.

      There's one small hickup on the dirt road that can make it exciting. The big Dodge with the long wheelbase got stuck, but my 4Runner rolled right through the series of hills and dips in that spot. I can see the Suby having a challenge with it

      2 · March 4, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Thanks for the info, Andy!

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Beth P.

    I don't suppose anyone would want to do this a little later in the month or maybe in April? :)

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Have you let Lon know about your date? He was one of the originals of our exploration group - he, Ruxton, Aaron and me.

      March 4, 2013

    • Beth P.

      Sending out an email when I am done with work :)

      March 4, 2013

  • Aaron A.

    Weather was just cool enough! A little bit of sun and not much wind! Pretty good workout....at least as much as Mt Garfield, and great views.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Andy K.

    The drive in was fun, and the hike in was adventurous. Hiking out was interesting as we tried to figure out how to get down while engaging in three rappels and some down climbing

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Aaron A.

    Nick, with Gateway Canyons, thinks it'll most likely be dry by this weekend with all the warm wether in the forecast.

    February 27, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Sounds great - see you all Sunday morning. Bring plenty of snacks and a good lunch; and, water maybe even with Gatorade or other energizer in it. When 4 of us did it last autumn, it was a long day.

      February 27, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Nick was pretty right about the mostly dry conditions. Great weather and just a few snowy, wet &/or muddy spots all the way up &/or down. By 2 PM there was more water on rock than had been there at 10 or 11 AM so we were glad to have climbed up earlier and drier; rappelling later and wetter.

      March 3, 2013

  • Wes

    This was well out of my comfort zone and it was fantastic. Thanks for the great experience today.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Just as good as when I did it in November, just as good a group of companions and just as good weather. We were able to drive to the trailhead - definitely need high clearance to get in now the way the dirt road is partially washed out - thius saving about 30 minutes hike time each direction. Got started ~9 or 9:15; back at cars by 3:30. Ran into a little remnant snow, a few wet rock areas and patches of mud but all in all, travel today was fab. Took 3 ropes but only used 2 - 120' 11mm and 90' 6mm pull cord. Did not take any rock climbing rack and there really was no place to put in protection anyway. Dropped a hand line 1 or 2 places. Best climber - Yes Aaron Yes - got up a couple of spots and did partner assists rather than take out the handline again. Crux is a little headwall right at the top. 30-35 minute walk to summit register - tip of the rock prow. 3, or was it 4, rappels down, longest ~85' but could have been shortened to ~70'. Kannah Creek after the fact. Lots of Fun!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    I'm early? Don't know if this has ever happened before.

    March 3, 2013

  • Lon C.

    I have been out sick all week with whatever is going around. Have been told will take longer than week to get rid of the coughing/sore throat. Will shoot for later this spring.

    February 28, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Bummer, 2x not able to make the dates. Hope you recover quickly, Lon.

      February 28, 2013

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