The weather continues to hold here along the Front Range. Yesterday we took advantage of another amazing day and went up to Dinosaur Mountain to try the Avs Wall traverse. This is an excellent wall up on one of the sandstone fins of Dinosaur Mountain. Although there are several great straight-up problems, the real gem of the wall is the entire traverse.
Coming in at around 80 feet long, the traverse has two pumpy sections split by a 10 move long crux. I'm not aware of anyone sending the entire traverse, but I have heard rumors that it goes at around 5.14. But who knows, the middle crux section is extremely crimpy and beta sensitive, and depending on where you place your feet it could be much easier (or harder).
There are many other good problems around. On the way up to the wall, you can always eye Jim Holloway's classic Slap Shot (V12ish ?). Also, up the slope from the wall are several good stand alone boulders in the trees, plus a couple more down and around the corner.
The Avs Wall traverse adds another long, hard sandstone problem to compliment the others found in the Flatirons: The Gutter, The Compound, and The Ghetto. Coming in as the hardest, it also sees the least amount of traffic. Perfect for a solid day of climbing in mid-winter.