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Hammer Wall & The Keyhole

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Hammer Wall & The Keyhole 


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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Oct 7, 2011
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Description 

The lower level of Major Mass is bounded on the East by the formation that culminates in the Keyhole, a smaller version of the Doorway. Hammer Wall is the large, clean expanse of rock that faces East at the bottom.

This area is complicated in the guidebook because it can be divided into as many as three "pitches". It is more common to just climb through in a single pitch, or just climb partway and scramble off to the West. You often have a choice of just which lines you want to link


Getting There 

The approach that requires the least effort is to hike up the Potholes trail, and cut West across the boulder field where the trail emerges from the trees below Red Rocks. There are currently (summer 2011) some massive old logs down along the trail just where you leave it.

An alternative that many people find easier when they are first checking this area out is to hike up to the Doorway, then descend the gully just West of that area (as if you were headed to the Upper Level or Jungle Gym. That gully lies between Major Mass and Minor Mass, so as you get toward the bottom, cut to your right and you will be at Hammer Wall and Stettner's Overhang.


13 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hammer Wall & The Keyhole:
Darkest Hour   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR   
Hammer Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, TR   
Hammer Master   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, TR, 50'   
Hammer Case   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch   
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Darkest Hour 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Hammer Wall & The Keyhole
Darkest Hour is a cool climb found at the back of the alcove starting on the ledge at the top of Prosperity. Climb up the groove to the overhang. At the overhang use the crack/inside corner to get above the roof. Finish to the right of the uppermost block....[more]   Browse More Classics in WI

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