*Flagstaff Crags Rock Climbing
Dan Schwarz piecing together the cruxy beta on Cha...
Flagstaff is the epicenter of Northern Arizona climbing, and there are dozens of crags within an hours drive.
In the backyard we have Mt. Elden which is now showcasing a very diverse collection of sport crags, as well as, the more traditional venues. Development of different areas on the mountain began in the late 1960's by local legend Scott Baxter and friends, and continues to this day.
P. Davidson gunning through on the FA of Retirement Crack 5.11, West Elden 1970's.
The San Francisco Peaks are just a hop and skip out of town and open up a number of different climbing opportunities such as the beautiful Peak's Crag, and the short approach Hobo Jungle.
Colin enjoying a little quality time on the Peaks, while firing off a flash 2nd ascent of Burning Point 5.12, at The Peaks Crag.
A rare and elusive Flagstaff climbing shot with a climber, and some of the San Francisco Peaks in the back drop. Challenge is on....
The Pit, just south of town on Lake Mary Rd is an infamous Kaibab limestone sport crag, which first saw development in the early 1980's by Alex McGuffie and Mike Lawson. In the late 80's and into the early 90's sport climbing swept the nation, and this crag quickly filled up with routes, established in all sorts of different styles from ground up hooking to rap bolting. These days, The Pit is the local refuge for sport climbers who like short approaches, and predictable conditions.
Joel Unema getting serious on No Joke 5.13b, at The Pit.
Photo by Carrie Albrecht. Making the Pit look good.
South of town on 89A you will come across The Oak Creek Overlook, which is a classic moderate traditional crag favored by the local crack addicts for full days, or after work affairs. Development first started here in the late 1960's when local police officer Chuck Martens free/aided The Trinity Cracks (which he called The Three Bears) around the same time he did the first ascent of Queen Victoria Spire in Sedona, which he simply called Tower 1. It would be some years before other, well known early locals of the 70's and 80's turned The Overlook into the superb moderate crag it is today.
Pump House Wash, which empties into Oak Creek Canyon is the closest soft rock to town, where any seasoned climber might find a few bones to gnaw on. Shorter multi pitch adventures are strewn among confirmed classics in a dreamy, rugged canyon setting.
J.Snyder on Looked Over at The Overlook.
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon.
photo: Blake McCord
Flagstaff sits at the intersection of interstates 17 and 40, in North Central Arizona.
Weather station 2.9 miles from here
498 Total Climbing Routes
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Thunderbird Arête 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b AZ
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Main Wall
A legendary creature of spiritual origin and significance to indigenous tribes throughout North America, the Thunderbird is a conveyor of messages for The Great Spirit, a bringer of wicked storms, a shape shifter, and an entity which you do not want to anger.Thunderbird Arête is a fantastic Dacite scamperfest with several wonderfully solid 5.10 cruxes that punctuate the line. Like it's neighbor Man On the Moon, this pitch hosts an array of mega features, and is some of the closest climbing arou...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ