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Bell Rock - Kamps Route 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Bob Kamps, et. al. ?
Season: Fall to Spring
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Feb 2, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Final section to the summit. There are some 5th cl...


Just about anyone that's been to Sedona knows the familiar shape of Bell Rock near Oak Creek Village. Is it climbable? You bet!

Approach from the trailhead on the east side of highway 179, just north of Bell Rock. Hike up to the west side of the formation, shooting for a large gully. Scramble and hike up the gully to a flat shelf at the top. Rack up here. To reach the start of the route, cross east and a bit north on the shelf to a notch leading to the east side of the summit towers. The route is accessed off a shelf on that side.

P1) We did a pitch to get up into the initial corner. From the shelf mentioned above, lead up and right to gain an alcove below the big right-facing corner of the second pitch. There's a single bolt here and a bush.

P2) Climb the right-facing corner (you'll see some old bolt casings) to the notch above, then traverse right and continue up another right-leaning crack to the top.

Descent: Single line rappel back down the east side. Then backtrack through the notch to your packs.


Light standard rack, nuts and cams from 1/2" to #3 Camalot size.

Photos of Bell Rock - Kamps Route Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Middle section of the Kamps Route
BETA PHOTO: Middle section of the Kamps Route
Rock Climbing Photo: Bell Rock summit spire.
Bell Rock summit spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scrambling to the base of the technical pitch.
Scrambling to the base of the technical pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Need we say more
BETA PHOTO: Need we say more
Rock Climbing Photo: On 7/8/15 I took Peter Gersten, age 73, up this ro...
On 7/8/15 I took Peter Gersten, age 73, up this ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bell Rock from Hwy 179.  June 2003
BETA PHOTO: Bell Rock from Hwy 179. June 2003
Rock Climbing Photo: My son Jon at the tricky spot in the chute.  June ...
BETA PHOTO: My son Jon at the tricky spot in the chute. June ...

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By Kole DeCou
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 24, 2006

I did this route on Thanksgiving night. In the dark I couldn't tell which summit was higher, so I accidentally climbed up the left one. Some pretty wild unprotected full body bridging gets you there. I was pretty dissapointed to discover that there were no anchors, and I had to reverse the last 30 ft of chimney to get back on route. Moral of the story, don't climb with a stomach full of turkey and wine. What's up with all the old bolts next to cracks? This felt like it would have been a fun route if it were 20 degrees warmer.
By Scrivm
Feb 18, 2012

Pretty much a sport route. Make sure to bring some smaller stoppers for hangers on a few bolts, also a tcu or two is comforting. As of 2-17-2011 last bolt needs a nut, 1/2" maybe? Also, barely grade I, but fun!
By Paul Zander
From: Neuchatel, CH
Dec 10, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

quite a few hangerless bolts, rack up with some small nuts on quickdraws for slining bolts. The one piece i actually placed was a .75. YMMV.
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 19, 2015

I actually found this route to be a lot of fun! I took 2 beginners and one non-climber up it and we had a great time. The summit feels more like the top of an actual tower than a lot of other Sedona "towers."
Still missing a few hangers but most of the bolts are unnecessary anyway. I also only placed one piece (.75) and clipped the bolts.
Anchor is solid but could use some nice camouflaged chain instead of the current bright webbing considering that the area could not be more high profile.
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 2, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Scrambly class-4 approach up the deep west gully. After the little walking traverse, can safely simul up the limestone band and belay from two bolts at base of crack. Lower section is sandy 5.7, upper section (diagonal right) culminates with an exciting 5.8 roof pull. Bring several nuts because the bolts are hangerless. Adding in some traditional gear placements makes this a totally secure route to an iconic summit.
By Justin Headley
From: Tucson
May 30, 2016

A 1-star route with a 4-star summit. If you have a FULL 70m rope, you can rap straight down to where the hikers usually top out and then take the hiker's route down. Leave your bags on the ledge beneath the summit so you can grab them on the rap down. That way you don't have to downclimb the chimney and slab you did on the approach.

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