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The Country Area  

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Tales From Zahajko. (Photo from Defecto)


The Country Area is often less crowded than the Main Wall, and tends to be warmer when the sun is out. But the lower parts, particularly on the right side gets shade earlier in the day than the Lower and Upper Walls. So on a sunny day, it is warmer in the morning, cooler in late afternoon.

Getting There 

After you cross the train tracks, walk right along the tracks, following an access road. Soon, the road turns off to the left into an leveled, open area with a picnic table and an obvious tunnel, now sealed off.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

40 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Country Area:
SS Ultrabrutal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Country
GM Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   The Country
Right Ventricle   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Cunning Stunt   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Zoom   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Tunnel Vision   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   The Country
Angora Grotto   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Country
Frank Presley   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Leave My Face Alone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Hairway to Stephen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Country
Heart of the Country   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches   The Country
Phone Calls from the Dead   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
D is for Dictory   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Climax Control   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
Wham   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
Kite Flying Blind   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   The Country
Little Jupiter- Short Version   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Spooner   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Country
Phone Calls Full (Long Distance Phone Calls from the Dead)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a A0     TR, Aid, 1 pitch, 50'   The Country
Fifth Force   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   The Country
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D is for Dictory 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  WA : Index : ... : The Country
This begins with the start of Fool's Gold. After climbing the large flake at the bottom (either side), face climb up and right past two bolts (includes a fun mantle move) to a large orangish flake with rippled rock texture. Jam and layback the left side to the top of the flake, then do a few power moves left to the shallow corner (perhaps the crux) and go up the corner past two more bolts. Near the top, there is another cruxy move involving a palmy layback. Belay or lower from the chains in the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By Drewsky
Oct 30, 2009

Within the past 2 years (2009), somewhat significant rockfall has affected the Country area. A large block landed about 100 feet from the wall next to the trail. Another block landed precisely where the belayer would typically stand for Zoom. More blocks fell into the creek area behind Zoom.

By Jon Nelson
May 8, 2013
Someone pointed out a new scar (back in 2010), indicating that the blocks came off of Orc Tower. The tower is known to have loose blocks, so be particularly careful in that area.
By BrokenChairs
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 22, 2015
Lost my cell phone around the GM route this past weekend. It's slow and has a cracked screen but the pictures are important. If found please contact me. Thank you,
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