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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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Rip Off 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Wailing Wall
This climb is on a formation with four climbs on it. Look for an easy slab on the left, a crack on the right, and a steep face in the middle with two side by side sport routes. Rip off is the left of the two sport routes.Start on the lowest band, and mantle a small ledge. Clip a bolt and continue climbing straight up clipping two more bolts. When you reach the last bolt, make a crux move left then up onto a slabby, unprotected top out with large knobs. Every move on this climb is harder than...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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