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Routes in Lower Pumphouse Wash

Centerfold T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Prominent Arete - Unknown 13 S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Ready to Rumble A.K.A. Miss November T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Tap It T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unamed 5.10+ S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Unamed 5.10c S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unamed Arete S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unamed Chimney A.K.A. Bertha 5.5 T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Unamed Cove 5.10 S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unnamed 5.10 crack. T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Unnamed 5.10a sport S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unnamed 5.11a mixed T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unnamed 5.8 sport S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unnamed 5.9 sport S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Wave - Unnamed 3, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Description

Short cragging on sandstone in a beautiful, shady canyon. Mostly sport, but a few trad routes also. Rock quality ranges from very good to not so good. This is a nice place to beat the heat when the rest of Sedona is baking hot.

To the best of my knowledge, most routes were put up by Dave Pastor and are unnamed. If anyone has more info, please contribute anything you can provide.

Getting There

Access is from 89a, where Pumphouse Wash enters Oak Creek Canyon.

From Sedona: drive North up 89a (towards Flagstaff) to the bottom of the switchbacks and park. There is a small sign for Pumphouse Wash on the right.

From Flagstaff: drive South on 89a (towards Sedona) to the bottom of the switchbacks. The switchbacks start immediately after the Oak Creek Overlook. There is a small sign for Pumphouse Wash on the left.

Once at the parking area, hike & boulder-hop up-canyon for 5-10 minutes until routes start appearing. The first routes are a hard to miss splitter crack with 2 bolts on the right and 2 sport climbs next to each other in a corner on the left.

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This place is gorgeous but I'll never go back unless I'm going just for a hike. First of all, the sand stone is soft and nearly every bolt was turned, spinning, or already ripped out.. Talk about death trap. Second, because of how soft it is, nearly every hold was covered in sandy dirt, making some holds virtually useless. Third, there's little variation with only 2 good areas to set up. And last but not least the approach is very rough going through the boulder-strewn wash. Very fun hopping around with little gear, but I can't imagine having to hike through that with a broken leg, bad knees, or full packs. As for shade, we went in late June and the Ten Wall is in full sun between 1 and 3:30. It's a deep canyon so there's always great shade somewhere. Temps were perfect in the 80s with a nice breeze. Like I said, the scenery was spectacular but the climbing was nothing to write home about.

All in all, there were a few fun routes but I would not recommend this site to anyone especially beginners and will not be going back. Jun 28, 2013

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