Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: John Burcham & John Mattson
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Shared By: Will Cobb on Apr 11, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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Rusty Cage is the "Indian Creek" splitter of Sedona. This route climbs a sweet hands to large hands crack in a left facing corner for 70ft to a two bolt rap anchor. To access the corner make a short traversing move past a drilled pin and into the crack.

This route is very hand size dependent. For small hands it could be fists to ow. For large hands it will probably feel like a ladder.


From the Mace approach, follow the spur trail around the north side of North Mesa. Continue around to the West face of this formation. Rusty Cage is actually located on a sub-tower off the Southwest corner of North Mesa. Find the obvious chimney that marks The Hurricane. From The Hurricane base hike up and left to access the start ledge. Fat Bastard (5.11- OW) also starts from this ledge.


1-2 x 2 Camalot
5-7 x 3 Camalot
1-2 x 3.5 Camalot


Mike   Phoenix
This route favors those of us with larger hands. Lots of fun. Jun 30, 2009
This route is super fun and can be hard for those of us with small hands. The first step across to get started in the crack has a view! .. Well worth the trip! Feb 24, 2016
Bill Lundeen
Lee Vining, CA
Bill Lundeen   Lee Vining, CA
Yeah, baby!! For those of us who drool over Indian Creek's cracks this one is the money.... Superb, never-ending big hands/cups.

We brought the gear mentioned, but could never get the "new" 4 into the crack anywhere. To do it again I'd bring 7 #3 Camalots and leave the 3.5 or 4 down. Nov 16, 2016
There's a foot on the face any time you really want one. The rest of the time it is cruiser cups and big hands. One or two #2 and four to five #3 make this secure climb fun! Feb 4, 2017
Chris Adams
Mesa, AZ
Chris Adams   Mesa, AZ
This was such a fun route. We used 3 x #2 and 6 x #3. If you’re pushing your limits on this one I think you could use up to 8 x #3. The great thing about this route is that it’s excellent for challenging a new leader for the grade and style because you can put in as much pro as you want. Also, I didn’t really see an opportunity for placing anything bigger than a #3. Apr 21, 2018
Tempe, AZ
TravKlein   Tempe, AZ
Only used a draw, one #2, and six #3s. Felt solid with that rack and comfortably bumped a #3 for 10 feet near the top. Not sure where another #2, much less two more, could have been placed to be honest. Stellar Sedona pitch Nov 3, 2018