Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 35.805, -106.142 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Miller on Jun 7, 2006 with updates from George Perkins
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Description

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

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)

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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
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Lichening The Serpent
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Airbus
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Lichening The Serpent
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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