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Areas in Cathedral Rock Area

Dodger, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mace, The 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 8
Middle Mesa 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
North Mesa 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
South Mesa 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 4,500 ft
GPS: 34.819, -111.793 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Orphaned on Mar 22, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Description

Cathedral Rocks area includes the famous Mace as well as some other great routes, located in the complex of mesas and towers just west of 179 from Back O' Beyond Road.

Getting There

Turn west on Back O' Beyond Road from 179 and drive to the trailhead (south side) near it's end.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cathedral Rock Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 220
Original Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
 9
South Face
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Andy Kaufman Crack
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
The Stage
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Rappel Route
TR 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 30
Vortex in a Can
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 22
Rusty Cage
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 11
The Pirate
Trad 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
 6
Fat Bastard
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Freedom
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 11
1999
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 3
Enter the Vortex
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Original Route Mace
 220
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
South Face Dodger
 9
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Andy Kaufman Crack N Mesa
 24
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Stage N Mesa
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Rappel Route Mace
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR 2 pitches
Vortex in a Can S Mesa
 30
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Rusty Cage N Mesa
 22
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Pirate Middle Mesa
 11
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Fat Bastard N Mesa
 6
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
Freedom S Mesa
 7
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
1999 N Mesa
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Enter the Vortex Dodger
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad 3 pitches
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Richard Fernandez
Flagstaff, AZ
Richard Fernandez   Flagstaff, AZ
Did the Mace on Sunday, Feb 1st. Last pitch is a blast, one of the best pitches I've done in a while. Although I found it a bit harder than 5.9+, more like a 5.10b. Physically demanding route you'll use every part of your body on. Great top out. We opted out of the lean/jump pitch because of 40+ mph winds. Long pants and shirts are useful for the full body jams! Have fun! Feb 2, 2009
Kevin Kent
Flagstaff, AZ
Kevin Kent   Flagstaff, AZ
What are the names of the small tower/fins between South Mesa and Middle Mesa?
Also what is the name of this tower which is attached at the bottom to South Mesa? Dec 7, 2015
Need a climbing partner Feb 5 or 6. Message me! Jan 7, 2018

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