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Elevation: 7,054 ft 2,150 m
GPS: 35.11397, -111.58221
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Dec 18, 2011
Admins: Greg Opland, Brian Boyd, JJ Schlick, Kemper Brightman, Luke Bertelsen

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Once coined the "Land of High Bouldering" by the late Robert Drysdale, the intermittent band of limestone walls above Lower Lake Mary had by the mid 90’s, become known simply as The Ridge. This band runs for roughly four miles starting at the Pit, though the good stuff starts cropping up around the west end of Lower Lake Mary. The climbing is generally vertical to overhanging, with many bulge walls that will certainly capture your attention. With stunning views of Lower Lake Mary and Mormon Mountain, this area is both scenic and easily accessed off a highway, so four season access depending on the winter. These areas are laid out west to east as if you were approaching from Flagstaff. 

The style is a mix of juggy and technical which climbs more like an everyman’s Cherry Canyon, though it's logistically and geographically closer to Priest Draw. It’s a route climber’s kind of bouldering with generally featured top outs. Though the highballs do dominate the landscape, there are also tons of shorter problems to be had. All in all, there are plenty of desperates, and a whole lot of high quality moderates. A stick brush and a broom can be valuable tools to have.

Getting There Suggest change

From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road and head east.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Land of High Bouldering aka The Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1- 5-
 21
A Dog's Life
Boulder
V1 5
 7
Left Diagonal
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Layout
Boulder
V3 6A
 16
Streets of Laredo
Boulder
V3 6A
 9
Perfect Day
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 11
A Moment of Airity
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Spare me the Details
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 7
Too Old to Die Young
Boulder
V5 6C
 15
No News, is Good News
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 11
This American Life
Boulder
V6 7A
 42
Booze Pig
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 7
Honey Berry
Boulder
V7 7A+
 33
When the Bible is a Bottle
Boulder
V8 7B
 17
A Hardwood Floor is Home
Boulder
V8+ 7B+
 4
Punch Drunk Sunrise
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
A Dog's Life A. The Drysdale… > B. Whining Dog Wall
 21
V1- 5- Boulder
Left Diagonal F. The Stone Cove > Anchor
 7
V1 5 Boulder
Layout C. The Workshop… > Workshop wall
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Streets of Laredo A. The Drysdale… > I. Long Ryders Wall
 16
V3 6A Boulder
Perfect Day A. The Drysdale… > Perfect Day Wall
 9
V3 6A Boulder
A Moment of Airity A. The Drysdale… > I. Long Ryders Wall
 11
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Spare me the Details A. The Drysdale… > C. NPR Wall
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Too Old to Die Young A. The Drysdale… > H. Half-life Wall
 7
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
No News, is Good News A. The Drysdale… > C. NPR Wall
 15
V5 6C Boulder
This American Life A. The Drysdale… > C. NPR Wall
 11
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Booze Pig A. The Drysdale… > G. Booze Pig Wall
 42
V6 7A Boulder
Honey Berry A. The Drysdale… > G. Booze Pig Wall
 7
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
When the Bible is a Bottle A. The Drysdale… > G. Booze Pig Wall
 33
V7 7A+ Boulder
A Hardwood Floor is Home A. The Drysdale… > G. Booze Pig Wall
 17
V8 7B Boulder
Punch Drunk Sunrise A. The Drysdale… > G. Booze Pig Wall
 4
V8+ 7B+ Boulder
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