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Armory Wall

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Pike, The S 
Sabre S 
Space Pants S,TR 
War Hammer S 

Armory Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,904'
Location: 38.98947, -119.9091 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Refuge Jared on Sep 8, 2016
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BETA PHOTO: Leading the first pitch


The Armory Wall has some of the most featured rock here, providing somewhat steep routes with deep solid jugs that rate 5.5-5.8. There is more shade in the morning or by trees at Space Pants 5.8 and the gully where Court Jester 5.8 is found. Like the Village Wall, Armory has good elevation, but it has more West facing routes which offer wider views of the Lake.

Note that routes Left/North of Space Pants 5.8 are very difficult to approach with a dog and "The Platform" may not be a safe area for kids or dogs depending on age and behavior.

Getting There 

Look for cairns Left of the trail immediately after the Castle Gates (about 20 feet). This trail will take you down to the main approach trail at the base of Castle Rock; follow the cairns down through the East Gully. At the base of the East Gully you will meet the main climbing area trail where you turn Right. Continue on this trail past the base of the main crag (Village Wall). Walk along the top of a fallen tree to a trail continuing along the base of the crag.

The first route you will be able to see (Court Jester 5.8) starts in a gully with a giant chockstone (about the size of a VW Bug) suspended above the belayer's stance and has a 3' roof 2/3 up the route. This is the South East side of Armory Wall.

Continue along the base to the South West corner of this area to find start of The Pike 5.9 which is next to a tree (note that the 1st pitch of The Pike is about 5.6).

Turn the corner and follow the West side of the crag past Space Pants 5.8. The trail goes up through a "corner" between the crag and a large boulder where a tree grows. Climb up through this corner. If you brought a dog, you will have to carry/pass them up this part--quite challenging as you need your hands to climb it. Once you come up to level ground from there, go straight to find Untitled 5.7, then Catapult 5.7 just beyond a tree in a corner, or hike up "The Platform" on your Right to find Cross Bow 5.5, Sabre 5.6, and War Hammer 5.8.

Note that "The Platform" may not be a safe area for kids or dogs depending on age and behavior.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Armory Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Armory Wall:
Crossbow   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Sabre   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Catapult   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
In Depends Pants Day   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Space Pants   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
War Hammer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Court Jester   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Pike   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the anchors at the top of the 1st ...

The Pike 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Nevada : Lake Tahoe : ... : Armory Wall
The 1st pitch of The Pike starts vertical but with super juggy holds and very quickly transitions to a low angle 5.5 or 5.6. Generously bolted nonetheless. After possibly the most difficult move of this pitch (5.7 or 5.8), the bolt line finishes at a ledge and a big dihedral with mussy hooks on the Left wall and a rad vertical crux on the Right wall.The belay platform isn't perfectly flat but the rope can easily rest on the ground if positioned with enough care. From here you...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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By Melissa Thaw
From: Merced, CA & South Lake Tahoe
Jul 5, 2017
Lots of bolts (bring lots of draws). Very well protected, so a great place to learn to lead and practice clipping bolts. Lots of super fun, easier routes and amazing views! Thank you for putting these routes up!
By Mark Christy
Sep 27, 2017
Easy approach, enough easy/moderate climbing to fill an afternoon, and the views are killer.

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