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Shared By: Aaron Parlier on Apr 29, 2018 with improvements by Mike Reardon and 2 others
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Description

The Lower Tier offers a variety of climbing on high quality Henderson Gneiss just as all the Rumbling Bald and Hickory Nut Gorge areas. Routes span a range of difficulties from 5.7 to 5.11+.

When you come through the tunnel and keep going down, around, and then up the base of the rock you reach the south side of the Lower Tier. These routes tend to be steep and quite varied, each offering an experience of its own. South side routes include those from Formless and Void to Fuzz's Fire Insurance. Do not climb the steep gully above Formless as this is not a designated trail.

King Wing, Horus and, and Fuzz's Fire Insurance finish to the Fuzz Ledge. From this ledge Dr Crankenstein goes left as the ledge thins to a wild airborne move, with a second vertical pitch following. MTV climbs the nice dihedral then up and right to a belay, from which it takes a left for a second pitch or a right alternate finish called Squeaky Clean, both offering nice slab climbing. An anchor station on the Fuzz Ledge installed by CCC serves the routes below and those leaving from the Ledge. Access this anchor from easier routes Like Fuzz's or P1 of Bobbing to top rope King Wing and Horus. Mix and match routes to and from the Fuzz Ledge for a great experience. Please be careful of the Granite Dome Goldenrod growing on this ledge.

Poet's Return and Bobbing For Frogs take on the lower slab, finishing to the same belay. The Fuzz Ledge can be accessed by going left, or climb right behind the flake for the second pitch of Bobbing.

Just to the right as you come out of the tunnel, Hank Jr addresses the steep slab with some highly sequenced face and friction moves in the crux, and can be finished in two pitches or one very long one. Bleeding Heart climbs the crack system immediately right of Hank. Further right, Flirtin' with Disaster ascends right-angling cracks into thin face and slab moves.

With a range of difficulties and types of routes at the Lower Tier, some top roping opportunities, and some remaining new route potential, this area is well worth a trip.

Extensive rebolting by CCC has done a great deal to restore old routes throughout Eagle Rock, and is ongoing. Hats off to them!

Getting There

From PERMITTED parking (get parking permit on CRSP website), walk to Eagle's Upper Tier, then head down the Weed Patch Mt. Trail to the Tunnel Trail. 25 mins. Well marked. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Bobbing For Frogs
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
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King Wing
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bobbing For Frogs
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
King Wing
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad
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