Katz Wall Rock Climbing
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On the bouldering (west) side, please do not hang out up top or go exploring above the main cliff line. It is private property and we need to keep a low profile. The owner has been hands off so far. Let's try to ensure things stay that way please. Hanging out up top could cause problems with the property owner.
Please do not climb above the roped climbs. Hanging out on the edge of the cliff without ropes is dangerous and the last thing we want is to have an ambulance/injury/fatality there. Please don't endanger crag access through short-sighted behavior!
Please be upstanders and take good care of the crag to help preserve access. Don't leave your trash, and even pack out any trash somebody else might have left behind.
This area includes a wide variety of difficulties, styles and rock types.
On the anchors of every route there are a pair of mussy hooks. Very important: only use the hooks to lower the LAST climber in your party. Please do NOT climb on top rope through the hooks. If more than one person is climbing the route, always clip your rope through your own quickdraws to the anchors. Then, once everybody in your party has climbed the route, the last climber simply needs to clip the rope through the hooks, remove your draws, and be lowered. (Anchor cleaning and rappelling is not best practice and is much more likely to lead to an accident.)
The slab climbs on the left end ("Katz Out of the Bag" and "Scaredy Katz") are both pretty tricky, but high quality, though they tend to be wet in winter and early spring. At 10d, "Katz Out of the Bag" may be a bit of a sandbag, or at least without the right beta... but an outstanding climbing.
The next two routes, "Katz Corner" and "Katz in the Cradle," between a low-angle ramp feature and a large crack system, make for great beginner routes or for top-roping with kids. Usually dry except during or right after heavy rain.
The next two routes start on a vertical wall with thin features before pulling a substantial roof. Good fun. These are newer lines and have fragile rock, so beware that rock may continue to break for a little while here! These dry out relatively quickly, although the one on the left can drip for a while.
The next section include five routes that all go the top of the cliff-line and are "full length" -- two trad lines and four sport lines, including two moderate crag classics, "Booty Call" and "Silver Streaks." All are quite good, although in very different ways! The sport routes tend to dry out quickly year round, but the trad routes stay wet most of the winter and well into the spring, and may need a bit of regular spring clean-up due to runoff and debris.
Classic Climbing Routes at Katz Wall
Days w Precip