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Routes in The Obsidian Wall

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Black Rose, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Block Walls T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Heart of Darkness T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Negra Prima T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Rump Raisin' T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Traveling Violin Maker T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jan 30, 2006
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Description

The Obsidian Wall, located near the Silver Pond, is the northernmost part of the canyon. The rock on this wall is darker than the rest of the canyon, and nearly black. One of the canyon's classic moderate routes, The Black Rose (5.8+) is located here. In general, you will have to rappel in to the bottom of routes here, as the pond normally contains water during the climbing season. A little care (and a partner spotting for you) will keep your rope out of the soup!

Getting There

Hike down the regular trail past the vault toilet house, keep going straight and follow the trail as it leads around the northern end of the canyon (through rocks). The dry waterway creates a waterfall that drops right into the Silver Pond.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Obsidian Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Black Rose
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Heart of Darkness
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Black Rose 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Heart of Darkness 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad
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Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
Traversing around the amphitheater above Silver Pond is great fun. There were lots of water snakes! Jun 21, 2010

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