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Canary Crack Buttress 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
East End Wall 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Iron Wall, The 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Memorial Wall 5 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Pillar Wall 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
West End Wall 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Elevation: 6,629 ft
GPS: 35.119, -111.935 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: JJ Schlick on Sep 21, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Description

The South Side of Volunteer Canyon is a stunning array of well balanced columns. While some of it is losing ground in the battle against erosion and gravity, there are pockets of the cliff that are unbelievably solid and offer up some timeless routes.



These routes require rapping to specific belays, and climbing out, which may make them a bit tricky to find your first time out. For now, all I can say is that it is best to locate the routes from the North Side of the canyon, and eye the topouts well. There are faint trails, and to the discerning eye the topouts should be recognizable.



The East End Wall and The Pillar Wall both face North, and in the dead of summer hold fast to their shade. The Canary Crack Butress, the Iron Wall, and the West End Wall face Northwest, and stay in the shade until early afternoon. More shade in the fall.


In order of appearance from the falls

The East End Wall
The Pillar Wall
The Canary Crack Buttress
The Memorial Wall
The Iron Wall
The West End Wall




The most accessible and enjoyable camping is also found on the rim of the South Side.

We have encountered Black Tail Rattlesnakes in temperatures near 90 degrees. Watch your step, and watch out for your dogs.

Getting There

You can almost drive to the rim! Find the point, and start poking around.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rusted Rapture
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Pig Iron
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Experimental Forrest
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sindarete
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Parallel Universe
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Drop the Hammer
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Phantasm
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Cash, Grass, or Ass
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Iron Potato
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Nyctophiliac
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Ultraviolet Ammunition
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Seamingly Binary
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Jade Feather
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Death Dealer
Trad
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Like a Shadow in the Night
Trad
Rusted Rapture E End Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pig Iron Iron Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Experimental Forrest E End Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Sindarete Memorial Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Parallel Universe Pillar Wall 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Drop the Hammer Memorial Wall 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Phantasm W End Wall 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Cash, Grass, or Ass W End Wall 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Iron Potato Iron Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Nyctophiliac W End Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Ultraviolet Ammunition E End Wall 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Seamingly Binary Memorial Wall 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Jade Feather W End Wall 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Death Dealer E End Wall 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
Like a Shadow in the Night W End Wall 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad
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A lot of the history wasn't recorded for a few reasons.
There was never a ton of activity for one. The area has a certain feel and look to it. Some of the walls look like they might decide to pay homage to gravity any day now. Most stuff was just word of mouth, way back when. There were a number of test pieces for the time that were scattered out there, most of the hard stuff was on the south side. And originally, it was out there all by itself. Once the Forks was found, well... There was enough to do there to stay pretty occupied.

Those new routes look really cool. Jul 1, 2013
john crawley
flagstaff, az
john crawley   flagstaff, az
And the drums go ba da ch! For Darren. Jun 29, 2013
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
It does bum me out that the history here wasn't as well documented as other older crags like the Forks and the Overlook. There are some damn hard lines to do, and it won't surprise me if this place churns out a few test pieces for this generation to chew on... Jun 26, 2013
You guys should try hard to drag Baxter out there and get him to document the stuff he did out there. Seemed like the few times I went out there with him he kept pointing out other stuff he'd done. Jun 26, 2013

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