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. I have not been there but from what I have read and photos I have seen, it has been climbed by miners and others who have taken such wild things as a steel frame and springs bed up there.
The ascent now is:
- a walk up a big 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 to 5.0, 5.2 and a 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 6 persons since it is an exploratoty for our group and to control the time needed for rope work.
If you canyoneer with WSA, if you were with us last month on Parriott Mesa, if the rock gym is a place you go for exercise; or, if you have outdoor climbing experience . . . come on along.
Meet at 8 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.
- 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
- pack to carry it all
- lunch, snacks, water
- dress for weather from cool to warm; calm to breezy; sunny to . . . sunny
Ropes (I have all the 11 mm climbing rope we may need; 60,90 and 165' lengths but if you have a rope and want to bring it, that'll be good too)
Rock climbing 'rack' of cams, hexes, stoppers, etc. (I have a rack but if you do too, bring it along so we can pick n choose what to carry up)
Doug Van Etten [masked]