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Razor's Edge 

The Hand 


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Elevation: 2,500'
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Nearing the top of P1
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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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The Classics

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

Razor's Edge 5.6 4c 14 V 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

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