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Necromancer Wall  

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Necromancer Wall is a darkly varnished wall located on the south side of entrance to Icebox Canyon. There are a few nice routes found here including the spectacular Sensuous Mortician. Most routes are single long (120-140 feet) pitches that require two ropes to get off. Nice place to go for a little early morning shade and a few quick pitches.

Getting There 

Hike into Icebox Canyon on the standard trail. When you're generally straight across from the wall (easily spotted), look for a trail (seems to be several of these) headed across the wash to the wall. The approach is pretty short and mostly good hiking trail with the short stretch to cross the wash and climb the hillside up to the base of the wall. If you find the proper trail, it's pretty trivial.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

7 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Necromancer Wall:
Hop Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Fold Out   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Atras   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Sensuous Mortician   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Unknown 10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Black Magic Panties   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Mike leading the rather runout but clean pitch.

Sensuous Mortician 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Necromancer Wall
This is route "C" in the photo.Swain book says this is "one of the best moderate routes at Red Rocks". I would change that to "best moderate single-pitch routes", but it's still a very nice route. Very nice climbing. Starts in a fracture about 25 feet left of Fold Out. The fracture peters out about halfway up, follow it up and right onto a black streak where face climbing (small nuts in seams and slots) leads to the roof above - sort of wander for the easiest path. Juggy moves through the roof t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 13, 2009
This wall faces NNW and is generally shady in the morning. It does get some sun in the afternoon when the sun is high enough (in the summer). For example, 1-4 PM in late April, and likely even more in July.
By Cunning Linguist
Aug 27, 2013
Rap descent works best with a 70, eliminates downclimbing and hijinks. There are two different starts to the rappels, one which starts by downclimbing East (climber's left) to an exposed traverse and stance to rap off of a slung boulder and tree. The other involves going up a short wall, heading left, and dropping down to a large tree. The latter would be a better choice if with a skittish second, a shorter rope, or a combination of the two.
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