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Canal walls V2 5+
Empty Plastic Bottles Boulder V1+ 5
Type: Boulder, 35 ft
FA: some guy in 1890 probably
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Shared By: Paul Hunnicutt on Jan 7, 2012
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Most of the walls are just about vertical, give or take a few degrees. Lots of flat edges, slopers, sidepulls, and the occasional joint between stones to practice your thin crack jams. Frequently the footholds disappear, which makes it a good place to practice crimpy vertical climbing. stone can be very sharp in spots. I would not grab a lot of the beige colored mortar as it tends to break off very easily.

the traverse behind the mall is super long, slightly monotonous, but can get a decent forearm pump going.

Climbing ranges from V easy to mid V range probably.


see area description


none required. bring a pad only if you have a spotter to constantly move it. otherwise it would block the walking path on the canal.


Keep walking up towards Key Bridge on the north side of the canal and you will find some more decent crimpy sections. right before the last access point up to M street (before going under Key Bridge) is a pretty hard section. Doing the entire traverse here might check in around 5.12 or 5.13 (though maybe I'm remembering wrong)? Jan 19, 2013