Elevation: 5,223 ft
GPS: 34.741, -110.017 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Rob Edwards on May 5, 2019
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Access Issue: Private ranch land Details

Description

Highball bouldering on a sandstone cliff band in the middle of nowhere. Bolts for TR rehearsal are available atop most problems. Bring a variety of long slings for setting up TRs. IF IN DOUBT, TR UNTIL YOU ARE SUPER-SOLID AND CAN TOP OUT CONFIDENTLY.  DO NOT assume that the grades are accurate and/or that you’re going to be able to walk up to a given problem, throw your pads down, and make an unrehearsed ascent without trauma. Despite extensive cleaning efforts, the problems may still feature fragile/loose rock, lichen, and windblown dirt.  Despite extensive cleaning, many of the top outs may still feature fragile/loose rock, dirt, and gravel.  Be cautious; avoid catastrophe.  Although the landings are generally pretty good, your working assumption should be that almost every listed problem has an R or X rating due to height; several of these problems top out at more than 30 feet. Falling from the finishing moves would assuredly result in injury; maybe death.  Bear in mind that this is soft sandstone.  All soft rock admonitions apply. Don't climb for 48 hours after rain.  Don't assume that too-good-to-be-true flakes are going to stay in place.  Having said all that, climbing at this area can be a lot of fun.  

This area is best in the spring and fall.  Winter is typically too cold, as the cliff is in the shade for most of the day.  From May through September, the cliff is in the sun for most of the day, and is simply too hot.  In windy weather, the stench you'll smell in the air is coming from a nearby pig farm. Consider boycotting pork.    

Getting There

From the tiny town of Woodruff, Arizona, drive south over the bridge spanning the Little Colorado River, turn left (east) on a ranch road, continue for about a mile, then then turn left (northeast), descending a mild slope towards the Little Colorado River for about a third of a mile.  Park to the side of the road when the cliff band comes into view to the west.  Hike a quarter mile west to the top of the cliff band, and descend Staircase (5.5) to the base. Review the Climbing Area Map on this webpage and the photo for "Staircase" to help orient yourself before you arrive.

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