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This is the first amphitheater encountered when accessing the Bright Angel Walls from the approach trail. The amphitheater is east facing and offers good morning sun in the fall and spring, while also offering good afternoon shade in the summer. All day shade chasing is possible here in summer as a few high quality sport climbs actually face west. Winter climbing is not out of the question, just make sure all the ice has been melted before trying to scramble down into this crag.
From the shuttle bus stop at the beginning of the Hermit's Rest Road, walk west 200 yards along the South Rim Trail until you reach the first switchback. The switchback cuts left, and a small climbers path cuts off of the pavement to the right. Follow this path 50ft until you reach a large flat piont with a boulder on top of it that overlooks the amphitheater to the west (left).
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Nice hand jams up a diagonal corner crack system. This is a good beginner crack climb and an excellent warm up for the area. No real crux, just pleasant jams. This climb angles left, then angles right at the top. The belay bolts at the top are hidden from view while standing at the base....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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