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Areas in The Arizona Strip

Colorado City Area 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Dutchman's Draw 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lime Kiln Canyon 0 / 69 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 69
Virgin River Gorge 0 / 44 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44

Description

The Arizona Strip is the northwest corner of Arizona which is somewhat isolated from the rest of the state because of the Grand Canyon. This arid land is a playground for Southern Utah and Nevada climbers looking for limestone sport crags and predictable conditions.

Photo: Tyler Casey

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 pick up after yourselves.

Getting There

Northwest corner of Arizona.

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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.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 52
Office Party
Sport 6 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 58
Eminent Domain
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 58
Merely a Flesh Wound
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 48
Last Supper
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 39
Homeostasis
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 67
Khaleesi
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 41
The Madness
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 82
Mesquiter
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 36
The Sadness
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 44
Greyhound
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 44
Mentor
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 47
Vesper
Sport 2 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 36
Mantis
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 26
Homo Faber
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 23
The Honeycomb
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Office Party Lime Kiln Canyon > Sacred Trust
 52
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 6 pitches
Eminent Domain Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 58
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Merely a Flesh Wound Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 58
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Last Supper Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 48
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Homeostasis Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 39
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Khaleesi Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 67
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Madness Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 41
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Mesquiter Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 82
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Sadness Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 36
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Greyhound Lime Kiln Canyon > Back Walls
 44
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mentor Virgin River Gorge > Mentor Cave
 44
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Vesper Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 47
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
Mantis Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 36
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Homo Faber Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 26
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Honeycomb Lime Kiln Canyon > Grail
 23
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
And if someone who knows these areas and would like to do a better description, I'd be happy to reassign the page. Jun 30, 2015

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