Second Tier Rock Climbing
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The Second Tier is home to most of Avalon's routes, and it's where you'll find the biggest crowds on a busy day. The base of many climbs here is badly eroding with lots of loose rock. It's a bad place to bring dogs, which knock rocks down on belayers below them.
This tier is complex and is split into various parts. See this photo
From left to right:
Tarot Wall - on the left side above the First Tier. Mostly 5.10 and 5.11 sport routes, including The Devil (11c), Lust (10c), The Tower (10a) and Wheel of Fortune (10a). Popular.
Three Dihedrals - Above and right of Tarot Wall. Only a few climbs here, including the popular Dominator (10b).
The Clipboard Area - just right of the Three Dihedrals area. Three quality routes: Chairman of the Board (11d), The Clipboard (11b), & Stigmata (10a).
The Middle Wall - right of the Clipboard Area. Has the classic Strange Science (11c) and Free Fall (12a), and the moderate slab routes Incline Club (7+) and Tomb of Sorrows (9). Popular.
The Wall of the Dead - above and right of the Middle Wall. Four routes, including Dead Can Dance (9) and Dead Again (10c).
Head up the talus field above the Tyrolean Traverse. A dirt trail starts at the top of the talus. Very soon the trail splits: the left branch heads to Tarot Wall and Three Dihedrals; the right branch continues up the hill toward the Middle Wall, Clipboard, and Wall of the Dead. See each area for more detailed info.
You can also reach Tarot Wall by continuing up left past the First Tier; this is convenient if you started your day by climbing there.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
39 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Second Tier
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Second Tier:
Featured Route For Second Tier
Strange Science 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CO
: Boulder Canyon
: ... : Middle Wall
I'll stick my neck out and give Strange Science three stars (at least by Boulder Canyon standards). The climb is pretty obvious as you hike up the faint trail to Avalon. The route follows a line of small flakes up the center of a beautiful forty-foot high scooped face, a pleasingly natural and independent line. The right arete, Free Fall, is bolted and (5.12a?) has a steep bouldery look, with a seam and closely-spaced bolts. Right again is a steep, short face then a short, scruffy,...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: The First Tier and Tarot Wall areas of Avalon.
BETA PHOTO: Avalon Upper Wall Routes. Photo taken from Upper ...