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Routes in Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)

Airbus T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Goodnight Moon T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
La Naris S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Lichening The Serpent S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Luna Lumina T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Solar Eclipse T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
You're Scaring the Horses S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Description [Suggest Change]

The Observatory Wall is the tier of rock above the Runway, on Early Wall. North-facing and shaded (good in summer). Reach these climbs by climbing the Runway (Lower Tier) routes below them, usually continuing past the anchors through a blocky section to a higher belay at the base of the Observatory Wall routes. Due to loose rocks, you can't easily/safely traverse very far along the base of the upper tier.

To descend, some climbs may require a 70m rope, 2nd rope, or shenanigans, or walk off to the left. Check the route descriptions to see the best approach pitches, and to see if you'll want a 2nd rope.

It's worth it, the rock quality and views are great.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Follow the approach for The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch) but head left (east) before entering the Grotto proper. Climb a route on the Runway (Lower Tier) to reach the upper tier, the Observatory Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
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Airbus
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
Lichening The Serpent
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Airbus
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Lichening The Serpent
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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