Avg: 3.2 from 12 votes
|Type:||Sport, 200 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||FA July 4th, 2017 Ney and Betsy Grant|
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|Shared By:||Ney Grant on Jul 4, 2017|
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The first ascent of Independence Wall was on Independence Day, 2017. Most multipitch climbs at Slick Rock are slightly or way runout - it is the character of the area. However Independence Wall (and Ice House Roof) is well protected, plus this one has rings at 30M and 62M so you can do it with one 70M rope. It is an excellent introduction climb before you do, for example, Crystal Wall Route or Crystal Blue Persuasion, both a bit more bold. The climb is only two pitches, or one long 62M pitch. It does not top out, you come down the way you came up.
The first pitch starts at 5.8 and then 5.7. The second pitch starts with a headwall, but it is highly featured on great rock and goes at 5.7.
You can also use the anchor at the first belay to TR the fatty corner crack to the left, but it is easier than it looks.
Another way to locate the climb is to, as you walk along the base trail, watch for a large dike that slopes down in about a 45 degree diagonal from high on the dome. The dike hits the deck right at the start of Independence Wall.