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Routes in The Upper Tier

AKC S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Barkley , The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Blackie S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Doggie Style S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
K-9 S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Man's Best Friend S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Puppy Feet S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Reverb S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sasha S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Walter S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Welcome to Echo S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Description

The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the north rim of Carlisle Canyon and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon. Be on your best form as hikers often stop to watch the action when they spot climbers on the Upper Tier.
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Getting There

Scramble up the gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). It is also possible to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier.

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