Elevation: 5,418 ft
GPS: 34.893, -111.808 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 872 total · 48/month
Shared By: Trevor Bowman on Oct 16, 2018
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Sedona Area Trail Closures- COVID 19 Details

Description

A pillar hugging the north wall of the cirque with a summit block detached by 50' or so...a spire in the same sense that Coyote Tower is a spire. The rock is quite good throughout both routes on the feature, being that unique "transition layer" where the top-shelf Schnebly merges with Coconino; there are lots of patina features, pockets, edges and some honeycomb. Both lines follow prominent crack/corner systems, are almost devoid of bolts, and serve up a wide variety of crack sizes and styles of climbing. And yes, we unearthed a large centipede while constructing cairns to mark the best approach.

Getting There

Follow the approach description on the Cirque overview page to the point where you leave the wash and start up the hillside. Follow cairns through the cleared brush past Scorpion, up to the Bristle Pig, and steeply up to the notch on the uphill (north) side of the Bristle Pig. Finish up a steep, mostly open hillside to the base of Centipede. About 10 minutes from the wash, or roughly 40 minutes from the pavement.

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