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Cowardly Lion, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Flying Monkeys S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
I'm Melting S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
If I Only Had A Brain S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Shared By: Greg Parker on Dec 12, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

The routes and the setting at the Wall of Oz are spectacular. There are only four routes and they all start off of an exposed 3-4 foot wide ledge that runs the length of the wall on the side of the steep hillside. The routes are exposed and stick-clipping the first bolts is recommended, especially on Flying Monkeys and Cowardly Lion where if you were to fall off the ledge, you would fall about 10 feet to the ground and then continue to tumble down the steep rocky hillside. The wall faces southwest and can be hot in the summer until it pulls in the shade around 2pm.

Getting There

To get to the Wall of Oz, park at the picnic area about 11 miles up the canyon past the golf course. Once at the picnic area, look back down the road. The cliff is the obvious white square in the middle of the huge wall. To get to the cliff, walk back down the road and bushwack your way up the hill, approaching the ledge beneath the wall from the left. The trail is overgrown and needs to be re-established. Total approach time is about 10 minutes.

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I am writing to let the climbing community know that there is a very real possibility that the first two bolts on the Cowardly Lion are over tightened. These are the only two bolts of this kind. At the time I was using Mountain Mania's drill which could drill a half inch hole no problem, so I wanted to experiment with a half inch bolt. I purchased two of them from the local bolt shop. They are exceedingly strong bolts, but because of the design when they were tightened to the normal tightness the nut was barely on the bolt, so I tightened it even more. Again I repeat these are the only two bolts of this sort on any of my routes in the canyon. If these bolts were to go it could have disastrous results. If someone would like to take the responsibility to replace them I would be greatly indebted to them, and if not I will do it when I return this summer to do my project called Faith across from the sunshine wall.

Happy climbing to all my friends! Jan 23, 2003
Coordinates for Parking lot: N44°26.24', W103°52.57'... is anyone interested in redeveloping the trail? Perhaps we could get a group together! I bushwhacked my way up there today, it was a chore to say the least! Jun 20, 2010

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