What’s in a Name?

Hole in Wall Canyon is about 25 miles north of Steamboat next to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area and the Elk River. A favorite local spot for climbing, camping, and backcountry skiing, there are five different crags to climb: TR Wall, Shield of Titans, The Needle, Stump Buttress, and Wallmart. The Needle is a classic 5.7+, 2 pitch, trad. climb up a low-angle face to a belay 30 feet under a roof, then climbs up to the roof and traverses right into a steep exposed face to the summit. It is not unusual to spot a moose on the opposing ridge in this amazing alpine setting.