Elevation: 5,996 ft
GPS: 35.034, -111.72 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: markguycan on Apr 16, 2006 with improvements by Where's Walden
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Tributary canyon to Oak Creek Canyon, offers many sandstone sport and trad routes.

Pumphouse Wash is a splendid canyon and a local gem for it's rugged beauty. And the climbing is pretty good to boot! With it's close proximity to town, plunge pools, carved walls, and towering sandstone cliffs this place has it all for a rompy day out and about.

Both Kelly and James Canyon run into Pumphouse as it tumbles off the rim. James Canyon is a good, technical canyoneering route, while Kelly has some fantastic bouldering. Upper Pumphouse Wash holds the "Ultimates", which are well known classics for the area. In the last few years there has been some development of sport routes in Lower Pumphouse Wash before it joins Oak Creek Canyon at the bottom of the swithbacks on 89A.

Getting There

There are numerous access points on the rim roads east of Hwy 89a. well before you reach the Overlook heading south. The easiest entrance to the Ultimates is from the top of Ultimate Frisbee. Exit I-17 at Newman Park, drive about 2miles then turn Right, follow this trek about a mile til the canyon is in view. park at cairns and hike 0.07mi to the rap station at: N35*02.158 W111*42.825

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Classic Climbing Routes at Upper Pumphouse Wash

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Young Guns
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 7
Pumphouse Primer
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
The Lorax
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Through the Truffula Trees
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Ultimate Dihedral
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 5
Ultimate OW
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
 6
White Wedding
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 20
Ultimate Finger Crack
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 4
The Ultimatum
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Ultimate Fist Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
The Ultimator
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
 5
Twist of Fate
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Teddy Bear's Picnic Ultimates
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Young Guns Ultimates
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pumphouse Primer Ultimates
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
The Lorax Ultimates
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Through the Truffula Trees Ultimates
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Ultimate Dihedral Ultimates
 17
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Ultimate OW Ultimates
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
White Wedding Ultimates
 6
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad 2 pitches
Ultimate Finger Crack Ultimates
 20
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
The Ultimatum Ultimates
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 2 pitches
Ultimate Fist Crack Ultimates
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 4 pitches
The Ultimator Ultimates
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Twist of Fate Ultimates
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
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