The Big Wall Rock Climbing
Jay Denver climbing on the central wall
The Big Wall starts at the obvious blocky corner of Orthanc and runs right through the big wall sections off the cliff.
Center of the cliff
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Big Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Big Wall:
The Arete 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Rampage 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Featured Route For The Big Wall
Layback Route 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NH
: Lakes Region
: ... : The Big Wall
The obvious corner system in the middle of the cliff. P1: Climb the face with flakes and horizontals to a tree ledge below the big roof with a three pin anchor in a left facing corner. 55P2: Climb up under the roof and traverse left making moves into the corner. Follow the crack up the corner until the corner ends. Move right onto a ledge with a two bolt anchor. 50P3: Climb straight up off the anchor and pull the crux overlap with a seam running up the face (5.10). The crux can be avoided b...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
Jun 13, 2012
This section of wall has great exposure and views. The routes can all be done as long pitches as well!
By Jason Denver
Aug 4, 2012
Doing these climbs as single pitches makes them more memorable for the leader and allows time for more! However, I would recommend doing some in 2 pitches at least once to experience the comfortable and scenic belay stances (especially memorable at sunset).