Pumphouse Wash Rock Climbing
FFA of Twist of Fate, Darren Mabe, September 2012 ...
Tributary canyon to Oak Creek Canyon, offers many sandstone sport and trad routes.
Pumphouse Wash is a splendid canyon, and a local gem for it's beauty, and the climbing is pretty good to boot! With it's close proximity to town, plunge pools, carved walls, and towering sandstone cliffs this place has it all for a rompy day out and about.
Both Kelly and James Canyon run into Pumphouse as it tumbles off the rim. James Canyon is a good, technical canyoneering route, while Kelly has some fantastic bouldering. Pumphouse Wash proper holds the "Ultimates", which are well known classics for the area. In the last few years there has been some development of sport routes in Lower Pumphouse Wash before it joins Oak Creek Canyon at the bottom of the swithbacks on 89A.
accessible from bottom of switch backs on 89a, or Easiest entrance to the Ultimates is from the top of Ultimate Frisbee. Exit I-17 at Newman Park, drive about 2miles then turn Right, follow this trek about a mile til the canyon is in view. park at cairns and hike 0.07mi to the rap station at: N35*02.158 W111*42.825
Weather station 4.7 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Pumphouse Wash
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pumphouse Wash:
Featured Route For Pumphouse Wash
Twist of Fate 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
: Northern Arizona
: ... : The Ultimates
UPDATE 10/3/12: This coveted route was first aid climbed by Chris Thornley on rope-solo in 1996, just around the corner from the popular and excellent Ultimate Finger Crack. Since then, standing on top of the boulder, some have imagined, stared, and speculated the Fate of this route going free. Even fewer have ventured up with aiders, having realized the unforgiving fragility of thin Coconino cracks as a means to continue their sandy adventure for two more moderate free pitches. Specula...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ