Elevation: 1,232 ft
GPS: 35.866, -93.055 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Marcus Floyd on Dec 23, 2016
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Description

During the late 80's, as an overly excited about rock climbing teen, visiting Sam's every weekend that I could afford, I would hike the bluff lines, looking at the amazing geological features. Hiking past a super tall water fall and then scrambling up through several large boulders, I was at the area, that I now know to be and call the Deliverance ridge. From the north-west point of the ridge, you can look across the valley, back toward the Throne, easily looking over all of the trees, especially during the winter months. That's when I first remember seeing what is a strikingly white, starkly different rock exposure, directly down hill from the Throne. My curiosity peaked but it took years before I took the initiative to hike down with some climbing gear to see what the rock was really like.

During several solo trips in the 90's, the opportunity allowed time for a bit of rainy day hiking and exploring a few areas that I had not photographed. So, loading up a few necessities and only packing a light amount of gear for rappelling, the trail leading down from the Catacombs, following an old forest road that tapered into a trail, roughly following the base of the drainage and seasonal creek. Eventually, bushwhacking dropped me to the creek and an impassable slot where the creek cut down and through a layer of polished, light colored rock. The water was flowing, so traversing right, along the top of the rock, an eventual rappel allowed for a good look. First over the edge then down and out on the face, my heart pounded as the excitement of a potentially new wall overwhelmed the senses. Wow, limestone! Solid, overhanging, right here at Sam's Throne, just needing a little TLC. So, over future visits, several lines were scouted, worked, climbed, or planned for future bolting.

The Southern Cross: Shaded all morning and nestled down in the valley between The Throne and the Deliverance ridge, the Southern Cross Wall is an overhanging, limestone exposure offering a bit of a change from the surrounding sandstone. The first bolted route, put up in 2007, as a mixed route, follows a few pockets and bolts up the overhang to a vertical face then ends, at the top, by climbing through a drainage. The rap anchors are below the top out. A single 0.5 pink tri-cam was left in a pocket for the next ascent.

Getting There

The Southern Cross Wall is due south of The Throne, directly down hill, in the direction of the Deliverance ridge. To get there, follow the creek, or old forest road then trail, heading down between the two land mark features. As you descend, abruptly head down to the seasonal creek and follow it until it drops down through a slot canyon like feature. The white limestone is quite polished and sculpted. At the base of the drop, head right along the upper overhang until you reach the Southern Cross mixed route. Enjoy!

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