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Atlantis is found in a deep cleft on the right just past the big tunnel you go through when driving from Superior in the direction of Globe. The rock tends to be less pocketed and more small edges than a lot of areas at Queen Creek. This is one of the few areas that you can climb at near Phoenix in the summer time, if you show up early and switch sides of the canyon with the shade.
Atlantis is reached by parking in a small lot just past the tunnel on the right. It is possible to rap in, but easier to scramble down on the right (BE CAREFUL!!!) on loose ledges to reach the bottom of the canyon and then go left (skiers left) to go into the canyon to the routes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Atlantis:
First Born 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Giggling Marlin 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport
Grumpy after Eight 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 65'
Sir Charles 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Neptune 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 85'
Impending Doom 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
KGB 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 80'
Overbearing Underminer 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Schizophrenic Boulevard 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 80'
Feast and Famine 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 80'
Flakes of Wrath 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Slap & Tickle 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 3 pitches, 250'
The Mangler 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Smokin Guns 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Phantom 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Unknown Dihedral 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Atlantis
Scramble up to a ledge and optionally clip the first bolt of "Impending Doom". Follow the crack and either step left to hit the anchors of "Impending Doom" or venture further on easier ground. A small tree makes for a natural anchor should the route be followed to completion.This route lists as a 5.3 in the pocket guide but I would grade it a 5.6. Also be aware that the rappel off the tree may require two ropes -- it would certainly be close. I rapped off the tree to the anchors of "Impendin...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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