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Kor Wall 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 500', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Layton Kor, George Hurley 1969
Season: winter
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Feb 23, 2006

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Sabino Canyon and the city of Tucson from atop the...

Description 

Getting to the base of the route is an uphill march: from shuttle stop 7 walk back down canyon 100yds to a gully heading uphill for 200yds til it connects with the sabino trail. Travel uphill @ 1/2 mile to the Phoneline trail, turn right til you get to the Hiker's Gully @ 100yds and walk up it til you get level with the Kor Wall's base. Walk left to the rocky base and drop your packs. Climb 3rd/4th class up to the left side of the pillar @ 300' and set your belay inside the chimney. Climb chimney, work your way to the edge of it up high and then work back inside to top of pillar. Belay on slung block. Pitch 2 goes up @ 10-15' then traverses left on incipient cracks for 40-50', trending down on easier ground to the main crack. Climb a bit higher to set belay. Pitch 3 goes up small cracks on great rock, stay right of dihedral visible above. Stay right on good crack with piton to pass crux bulge then traverse left when level with start of dihedral to set a belay. Pitch 4 goes up remaining dihedral and wanders right to ledge going directly right under a roof. Go around corner to set belay on ledge where it ends. Pitch 5 goes up overhung finger crack with great rock and holds to top. Walk north to descend Hiker's Gully to your packs.


Protection 

standard rack of single cams, double set of nuts, 15 runners; I brought a #5 camalot and used it on the chimney pitch as recommended but didn't really need it. An old hex fixed on start of pitch 2, one piton on crux in pitch 3 and long fixed slings on top of the pillar.



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Starting the traverse on pitch 2.
Starting the traverse on pitch 2.
Jeff hikes the first pitch!
Jeff hikes the first pitch!
Moving up to the belay stance after the traverse on pitch 2. Be sure to run it up the crack a bit before placing pro to spare yourself drag and your second a serious whipper!
Moving up to the belay stance after the traverse o...
Looking back down the cruiser corner on pitch 5
Looking back down the cruiser corner on pitch 5
Chris in the chimney formed by the pillar and the main wall.  Pitch one was kinda intimidating looking til I got on it then it turned out to be fun and well protected.  The #5 camalot was really unnecessary weight, I wouldn't bring it again.
Chris in the chimney formed by the pillar and the ...
Jeff and Kimberly on top of the first pitch
Jeff and Kimberly on top of the first pitch
The route starts on the left side of the pillar, trends up and left across the wall, more or less following the crack system, and then traverses right to the arete at the orange band. The final pitch climbs an obvious dihedral around the corner.
BETA PHOTO: The route starts on the left side of the pillar, t...
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By JMayhew
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 8, 2011

As an alternative approach when riding the tram, you can shave off some elevation by taking the tram to the last stop. Scramble straight up the main gully to the right of the trailhead to intersect the phoneline trail. Hike the trail down canyon, (you actually keep gaining a small amount of elevation,) until you can access the final slope leading up and right to the base of the Kor Wall.

By Jimbo
Dec 11, 2011

Your riding the tram Jeff? What's next, porters to haul your gear and make you tea?

By JMayhew
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 23, 2012

Don't be ridiculous!... uhh...do you know of any in the area??

By dancesatmoonrise
Apr 23, 2013

Did this route in the late 70s. Guessing it's still a classic.

RIP, Layton Cor.

By Dj telle
From: Tucson, Arizona
Dec 1, 2013

I found a penny from around 1971on top of the first pitch. maybe kor or someone in the early days dropped it. sweet route