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The Upper Tier  


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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 24, 2010  with updates from Andreas Pfander
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Description 

The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the rim and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon.

Getting There 

Scramble up the gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). It is also possible to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier.

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11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Upper Tier:
Blackie    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Welcome to Echo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sasha   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Welcome to Echo 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Upper Tier
Climb up the left edge of the broad orange buttress above the vegetated terrace (Upper Tier) above the Grotto and west of the Java Wall. Climb the left most route passing interesting pockets around the edge to a final steep bulge. Sustained and pumpy moves to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.

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