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The Hand Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Hand probably gets more ascents in a given year than any other formation in the Superstitions (that requires technical climbing). The amazing thing is that climbing this beautiful, soaring fin of volcanic wonder is relatively easy, albeit exposed.

There are several routes on The Hand, put up by some of the pioneers of Phoenix rock climbing, including Bill Forrest and Bill Sewery. Only one of the routes (Razor's Edge) gets done with any regularity as far as I know.

Getting There 

The Hand is the northernmost fin of rock just off the nortwest corner of the Superstitions west-facing massif (see the Superstitions front page for picture). Once you hike over the hillside and east, you can't miss the hand on the left. Big (relatively skinny) fin of rock.

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1 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Hand

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Hand:
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For The Hand
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrea Gordon on The Hand.   Photo Todd Gordon

Razor's Edge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Hand
People who climb the Razor's Edge route sometimes don't even know that's it's name. More likely than not, they'll just say they climbed The Hand. This route is synonymous with the formation and probably accounts for 98%-plus of the ascents here.1) Climb gully, stepping up and left at it's top to gain the top of a small buttress where you'll find a fixed anchor.2) Climb up slope on the fin clipping bolts to gain Chicken Ledge at the top (fixed anchor). Lots of climbers try to cross the last very ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of The Hand Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on The Hand as viewed from the summit of ...
Climbers on The Hand as viewed from the summit of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Half way up the Razor's Edge. Taken from the top o...
Half way up the Razor's Edge. Taken from the top o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared on top of the Hand!
Jared on top of the Hand!
Rock Climbing Photo: nearing the top of p1 notice the rope:) lol
nearing the top of p1 notice the rope:) lol
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on The Hand as viewed from the summit of ...
Climbers on The Hand as viewed from the summit of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: starting up the summit pitch
starting up the summit pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on the Hand
Climbers on the Hand
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hand from the south. Leader is 15m below the s...
BETA PHOTO: The Hand from the south. Leader is 15m below the s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch two, on the way to the chicken ledge.
BETA PHOTO: Pitch two, on the way to the chicken ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: First Belay point after the gully scramble.
BETA PHOTO: First Belay point after the gully scramble.
Rock Climbing Photo: bringing coda up to the first belay ledge.
bringing coda up to the first belay ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hand, Superstition Mountains, AZ
The Hand, Superstition Mountains, AZ
Rock Climbing Photo: J Dog doin' the S O L O of the 1st Pitch of The Ha...
J Dog doin' the S O L O of the 1st Pitch of The Ha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Almost to the Summit of The Hand. What a cool clim...
Almost to the Summit of The Hand. What a cool clim...

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