Elevation: 2,951 ft
GPS: 48.662, -120.531 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Z Winters on Mar 4, 2008 with improvements by skye h
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

"Featured edge climbing on mostly vertical limestone (or lime-silicate rock), many of which start from a ledge system offering a slightly exposed feel. Overall, this is a great crag consisting of many routes in the 5.10 range" Ryan Triplett

The cliffs at Prospector tends to be just less than vertical, broken by small roofs that tend to run the width of the cliffs. The rock has been described as sandstone with limestone deposits. Whatever it is, it forms sheer slabs with many square in-cut holds and blocky roofs.

Prospector is in a gorgeous setting and the views down the Methow Valley can't be beat. All of the climbing is S facing, so expect generally warmer temps than Fun Rock and less morning shade than Matrix, though it can catch a nice breeze. If the weather is deteriorating at the Mazama store, there's a good chance it's raining at Prospector.

Getting There

Drive West from the Mazama General Store (Lost River Road) until the road turns to gravel. Continue on this road past the "S curves" until an obvious cliff band is seen on the right side of the road with a scree slope below. Park on the left shoulder just W of the clearing where you can see the cliff. If you travel over the single lane bridge (Robinson Creek), you have gone too far. Please drive SLOWLY, this road gets heinously washboarded.

An approach trail is marked by a cairn, and often a sign in box (please use this).

Follow the trail up to the cliff, which will take you between Nugget and Recess walls.

Notes

This page was originally set up by Ryan Triplett on Mar. 4, 2008. Unfortunately, Ryan died later that year. For more info about him, see

cascadeclimbers.com/forum/u…

supertopo.com/climbing/thre…

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Classic Climbing Routes at Recess Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Stairstepper
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Transformer
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stairstepper
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Transformer
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ingenue
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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