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Routes in The Obsidian Wall

Arizona Ice TR WI3+
Black Rose, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Block Walls T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Heart of Darkness T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Negra Prima T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Rump Raisin' T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Traveling Violin Maker T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Scott Baxter
Page Views: 7,288 total · 47/month
Shared By: Orphaned on Jan 31, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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Black Rose is a unique and enjoyable route with good pro. The route is located next to the Silver Pond and usually best reached by rigging a rap line from the ledges above, then rapping into the higher dry boulders just below the route (depending on water level). Climb up the back corner to reach the big black roof, then perform a traverse right and out under the roof. From there, follow double-cracks up to reach the ledges above.


Set of nuts, assortment of cams from small to #2 Camalot size. The rappell to the base of the route requires pro (medium to large) in the cracks above the route.


JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
An amazing warmup which stretches one out for the coming day. Aesthetically as well as physically. Nov 8, 2006
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
you can rig a rap off a boulder/tree combo in the wash, then rap in and slightly right to reach the base- no gear needed. its also good to have someone across the canyon to let you know when the line is down so as to avoid totally soaking your rope.

absolute classic, though- a must do. Sep 4, 2008
Darren Singer
Portland, OR
Darren Singer   Portland, OR
One of my favorite routes in AZ. Fun moves over....water! May 7, 2010

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