The Main Wall is a beautiful swath of stone which is heavily accented with bright lichen, and stunning black, white, bronze, and gray water streaks. This is the tallest wall in the canyon, and the lines here are long, aesthetic, exposed, and hold a distinct granitic feel to the movements. Some of the best single pitch air on Elden guaranteed.
Though these routes will require seasonal cleanings because of water run off, there is a fine collection of 5.10s, a handful of good 5.11s, and an excellent grouping of 5.12s. With the addition of the routes Black Solitaire 5.13- and The Hermit 5.13, this place is turning into a great local cold weather training crag, and an awesome place to find a project. A 70 meter rope is highly recommended. Watch those rope ends when lowering!!! These are long pitches. Also, it's nice to have 3 or 4 full length runners, and a handful of long draws to manage your rope flow. Not a crag for short draws....
Climbing the multi pitch version of Man on the Moon 5.10- allows one to access the anchors of all the harder routes for hanging draws, cleaning holds, or retrieving gear. Though it takes some finagling.
Conditions can turn on a dime edge up here. However, if the sun is shining, and the air is cool, this crag is a good opportunity to get above, and away from it all without having to leave town.
Follow directions on the main page.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
18 Total Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Main Wall:
Rusty Blade 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Scythe 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Whiplash 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Broad Axe 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Slipstream 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Solitaire 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Assassin 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Holy Roller 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Solitaire 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a AZ
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Main Wall
For the grade, Solitaire stands out as one of Flagstaff's more classic sport routes, and one of the most beautiful...Start by small pine tree on the right side of the squaty pillar, just up hill from Man on the Moon. Surf through a large weakness filled with jugs to the first bulge. Eye your footholds on the right, below the bulge, because they will disappear all too quickly as you start to move up. Clever stemming, a hand jam, and a little laybacking (there are a hundred ways to do these mov...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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