Elevation: 8,600 ft
GPS: 35.241, -111.618 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Apr 23, 2010
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Description

The Main Wall is a beautiful swath of quasi psycadelic stone with bright lichen and stunning black, white, bronze, and gray water streaks. This is the tallest wall in the canyon and the lines here are long, aesthetic, and exposed. Some of the best single pitch air on Elden guaranteed.

There is a fine collection of 5.10’s, though a couple of them are linkups or variations. If you are coming up for the .10’s there are four distinct lines you can do on the Main Wall and six if you do the linkups. Plus the two .10’s on the Sailing Wall. There are a few thoughtful 5.11’s and an excellent grouping of 5.12’s. With the addition of the routes Black Solitaire 5.13-, The Hermit 5.13, and Lost Solitude 5.13+ this place is turning into a great local cold weather training crag and an awesome place to find a project. 

A 70 meter rope is highly recommended. Watch those rope ends when lowering!!! These are long pitches. Also, it's nice to have three or four full length runners and a handful of long draws to manage your rope flow. Not a crag for short draws. You will want some play in your sway. In general you will want to clean these routes on top rope or be aware of what’s going to be involved.

Climbing the multi pitch version of Man on the Moon 5.10- allows one to access the anchors of all the harder routes for hanging draws, cleaning holds, or retrieving gear. Though it takes some finagling.

Conditions can turn on a dime edge up here. However, if the sun is shining and the air is cool, this crag is a good opportunity to get above it all without having to leave town. During the winter months the sun hits the wall at 9:30 in the morning. The best days for hard climbing up here are 40 to 45 degrees and sunny. This wall is big enough to create a micro climate so windy weather is sometimes buffeted.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Main Wall

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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Rusty Blade
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 75
Man on the Moon
Sport 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Thunderbird Arête
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Thunder Moon
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Lucky Old Sun
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Broad Axe
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 22
Whiplash
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 43
Solitaire
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
The Assassin
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 12
A Faint Horizon
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 11
Holy Roller
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 11
Continental Drift
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 14
The Black Solitaire
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 7
The Hermit
Sport
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Lost Solitude
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rusty Blade
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Man on the Moon
 75
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Thunderbird Arête
 23
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Thunder Moon
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lucky Old Sun
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Broad Axe
 25
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Whiplash
 22
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Solitaire
 43
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Assassin
 7
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
A Faint Horizon
 12
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Holy Roller
 11
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Continental Drift
 11
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
The Black Solitaire
 14
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Hermit
 7
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Lost Solitude
 3
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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Thank you to all the route developers. This is an absolute gem to have in the backyard. Dec 20, 2017