Rising From the Plains Rock Climbing
Enjoying th technical headwall of Last Man Standin...
Rising From The Plains is the collection of routes on the far left (west) end of the Main Wall. The crag is known for the bulbous low roof on the left end, which features 4 very difficult routes. This area also includes the long short wall to the right of the roof area. There are currently six more routes on this short wall. Most of the routes at Rising are on the harder end of the spectrum, with a number of quality, short 5.13s, including the once classic Paul Piana testpiece "Adi-Goddang-Yos", which takes the direct line out the left side of the large roof (unfortunately a broken hold at the crux has increased the difficulty & reduced the continuity of this line somewhat). There are a number of good 5.12s, and one intimidating BJ Tilden 5.14 ("You Ain't Bill Hickock"), tackling the central roof line. Novices will want to look elsewhere, though there is one 5.11, which is harder than it looks with a difficult section clearing the low bulge.
Though all of the routes here are short, there is a bit of variety in that some feature enormous roof-bulges, while others are more consistently angled, technical crimp fests, like those on the far right end of the wall. The crag faces South so receives sun most of the day. The two routes on the far left will get shade until mid-day, and a pine tree in the middle of the cliff provides shade on part of "Lord Loves A Hangin" for much of the day. Later in the evening "Last Man Standing" and a few routes to the right receive shade.
This is perhaps the most exposed cliff at Wild Iris. Wind is ever-present, and the crag-base forest is not very dense at this end. Be cognizant of approaching storms and the threat of lightning.
This crag may have some potential for new lines. The backside of this cliff faces north, with rock reminiscent of the poorer quality stuff at the OK Corral. Any routes on this side would surely be popular due to the shade, though they would be short. There is also an open project left of Lord Loves A Hangin.
From L --> R, routes are:
1. Rising From the Plains
2. Cowboy Killer, 5.12+
4a. A Slug of the Old What-for, 5.13+ Shares start w/ 4b.
4b. Adi-Goddang-Yos, 5.13+ Shares start w/ 4a. Originally 13b prior to broken hold
5a. You Ain't Bill Hickock, 5.14- Shares start w/ 5b.
5b. Last Man Standing
, 5.13b, Shares start w/ 5a.
6. Pocket Derringer
7. Crazy Horst
9. The Lord Loves A Hangin', 5.13-
10. Chaps, 5.12+
11. Horsewhipped & Hogtied, 5.12+
12. Tres Hombres
This sectiobn of cliff is at the far left end of the Main Wall. Follow the main track from the parking lot, staying left at the first intersection. When you are even with the left end of the main wall, head right for the obvious white bulge that is rising from the plains, so to speak.
Climbing Season For the The Main Wall area.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Rising From the Plains
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rising From the Plains:
Featured Route For Rising From the Plains
Last Man Standing 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c WY
: Wild Iris
: ... : Rising From the Plains
Another of The Wild Iris' fine power routes, Last Man Standing offers a bit more to sink your teeth into than the typical "over before you're warm" roof encounter. The low roof gets things going with dynamic, bouldery moves, that sap just enough strength to keep the gradually easing headwall in doubt nearly the entire way to the chains. While this is certainly the realm of the campus junky, good footwork and a wee bit of stamina are necessary to link the route.Start as for "...Hickock", scramb...[more] Browse More Classics in WY