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Elevation: 2,089 ft 637 m
GPS: 36.90348, -113.88023
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The Arizona Strip is the northwest corner of the state which is somewhat logistically isolated from the rest of the state due to the Grand Canyon. This arid land is a playground for Southern Utah and Nevada climbers looking for limestone sport crags and predictable conditions.

The Virgin River Gorge is perhaps the most recognizable crag and known for the route Necessary Evil. Bolted by Boone Speed and first climbed by Chris Sharma in 1997, this route was one of the earliest to receive the 5.14c grade in the United States. Interstate 15 winds it’s way through this large canyon. Mesquite sits just over the state line in Nevada to the west, and St. George is not that far into Utah to the east. The routes are tall, the stone is immaculate, and the approaches are short. For the past couple decades many of the best climbers in the country have spent days and months redpointing the confirmed, elite level classics on these walls despite the air braking echoes from the big rigs rolling through.


Lime Kiln Canyon has been growing in popularity for the last fifteen years and offers a markedly different ambiance than its neighbor to the north. Lime Kiln is south of Mesquite, NV and near the state line. Again the walls are tall, the routes are long, and offer up slabby to slightly overhanging terrain. The Kiln also boasts a handful of multi pitch sport routes with modest grades. This is a somewhat fragile area, so please be respectful all around and please help keep it clean.

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Northwest corner of Arizona.

202 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Arizona Strip

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 208
Homeostasis
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 302
Khaleesi
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 88
City Dweller (Cellar Dweller)
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 145
The Madness
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 99
Excalibur
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 274
Mesquiter
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 179
The Sadness
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 107
The Way of the Peaceful Bolter
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 102
The Serf
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 82
Mentor
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 127
Vesper
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 72
Total Depravity
Sport 2 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 111
Mantis
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 67
Homo Faber
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 58
The Honeycomb
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Homeostasis Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 208
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Khaleesi Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 302
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
City Dweller (Cellar Dweller) Lime Kiln Canyon > Back Walls
 88
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Madness Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 145
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Excalibur Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 99
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Mesquiter Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 274
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Sadness Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 179
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Way of the Peaceful Bolter Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 107
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Serf Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 102
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mentor Virgin River Gorge > Mentor Cave
 82
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Vesper Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 127
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
Total Depravity Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 72
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
Mantis Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 111
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Homo Faber Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 67
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Honeycomb Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 58
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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