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High Rappel Dell 33 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 45
Lost Wall , The 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Watson Lake 14 / 13 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 34.591, -112.422 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Kevin Keith on Jan 19, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Just east and a bit north of the city of Prescott is this incredibly beautiful and vast field of rounded granite formations. From a good vantage point, the sight of the Dells just before sunset is worth a hefty admission fee. The rock is a medium-grained desert granite that tends to be a bit grainy on some formations.



For years, most of the climbing in the area was done in the High Rappel Dell area, which has seen it's share of access issues. This area features mostly traditional routes on skin-rending rock. More recently, climbers have established routes within the formations on the north shore of Watson Lake with bolt-protected sport routes and the area continues to gain popularity.

Please be aware that access to the High Rappel Dell area sort of comes and goes, so tread lightly and be accomodating in case of conflict.

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Getting There

Both of the Dells areas are located off highway 89, a few miles north of the intersection of 89 and highway 69 into Prescott.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Granite Dells

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Quartz Movement
Trad, Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Guillotine
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
French Tickler
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack)
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crack of Doom
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Co-op Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cling Of Pain
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Monarch
Trad, Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Chute
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
West Nile
Trad, Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Banana Peel
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Thank God
Trad, Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sinister Exaggerator
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Non-Dairy Screamer
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Fred
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quartz Movement Watson Lake > W Shore > Time Zone 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport, TR
Guillotine High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
French Tickler High Rappel Dell > Co-op Crack Area 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Cr… Watson Lake > Below the Dam > Dam Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Crack of Doom High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Co-op Crack High Rappel Dell > Co-op Crack Area 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Cling Of Pain High Rappel Dell > Co-op Crack Area 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Monarch Watson Lake > W Shore > Thor's Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
The Chute High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
West Nile Watson Lake > Below the Dam > Dam Wall 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Banana Peel High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Thank God High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Sinister Exaggerator Watson Lake > W Shore > Thor's Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Non-Dairy Screamer High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Fred High Rappel Dell > High Rappel Dell Main Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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arjunmh
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
FANTASTIC BOOK out by Kevin Keith. Thanks so much Kevin and everyone else involved in putting together this great resource.

Available at all local stores (well, I saw it in Hike Shack and Manzanita) and definitely worth it. Spent the afternoon below the dam to the bridge wall and jungle gym rock and located every climb in the guide easily. Very clearly laid out and really clear and good descriptions!

Way to go Kevin!! May 17, 2017
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
I did a revamp of this area, and sorted the routes as best I could. Some of the routes and their vague whereabouts presented a few problems. Please let me know if you can help me sort it a little better. Thanks May 15, 2015

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