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The Upper Tier

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The Upper Tier 


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In the shadow of Balanced Rock at The Upper Tier
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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.


11 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['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:
Welcome to Echo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sasha   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Upper Tier
Setting up for the crux bulge of "Blackie."

Blackie 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Upper Tier
"Blackie" climbs up the right side of the face, left of the crack/gully, and 30 feet left of "Welcome to Echo." Begin climbing below an arching, left facing, crescent shaped flake where the rock changes from tan to black. Climb up the flake on side-pulls, edges, and small pockets on wonderful black rock. From the top of the flake move up and right on horizontals and pockets. Higher pull through a bulge and continue to the top, and the anchor, on positive edges and pockets....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
The Upper Tier from the Mishe Mokwa Trail.
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