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The Ridge Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.1134, -111.5806 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Emily Roeben
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Dec 18, 2011
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Description 

Once coined the "Land of High Bouldering" by the late Robert Drysdale, the intermittent band of limestone walls above Lower Lake Mary have over time have become known simply as, The Ridge.

This band runs for roughly four miles starting at the Pit, though the good stuff starts cropping up around the west end of Lower Lake Mary. The limestone is generally vertical to overhanging, with many bulge walls that will certainly capture your attention.

Rock Climbing Photo: JJ riding the rails, and David Bloom looking for a...
JJ riding the rails, and David Bloom looking for a hop on The Railroad Wall. Christmas Day 2012.


The style is technical, and it will feel more like an every mans Cherry Canyon, though it's geographically closer to Priest Draw. Though the highballs do dominate the landscape, there are also tons of shorter problems to be had. All in all, there are plenty of desperates, and a whole lot of high quality moderates.

Rock Climbing Photo: Wade Forrest catching some last light on All Thing...
Wade Forrest catching some last light on All Things Considered. NPR Wall, Spring 08




All the walls listed here by me have been rap cleaned, and brushed at least once. The topouts have been cleared, and tend to remain fairly clean. A broom and stick brush are valuable tools out here.

Getting There 

From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road and head east.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.8 miles from here

114 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',68],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',28],['V2-3',65],['V4-5',13],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Ridge:
Still Waters   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
Streets of Laredo   V3 6A     Boulder   The Drysdale Trail : J. Long Ryders Wall
Backwaters   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
On Liquor I Spent My Last Dime   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
Booze Pig   V6 7A     Boulder, 18'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
The Bottle Is A Bible   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
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Featured Route For The Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Too Old To Die Young topo.

Too Old, To Die Young V4-5 6B+  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : I. The Half-life Wall
This is a unique power line that happens to be a bit shorter than most of the hard stuff up here. On the far left side of the wall there are a couple of seams. Start down and on the right one with a good right hand side pull pinch. A very nice side pull crimp for the left allows you to reach left to an awesome 1 1/2 finger pocket side pull. Fall into a clever crimp on the shield, and hit the "spear tip" undercling out left (this spear tip shaped hold is a very good way of identifying the line)....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: JJ Schlick reaching for it... Matt Grecco spotting...
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