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Cell Block Six 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Kurt Schroeder, Ben Burnham 1999
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Submitted By: Almonzo Wilder on Jan 1, 2003

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ML passing the 6th or 7th clip on Cell Block 6.


Cell Block Six is the least challenging of the three Cell Blocks (and maybe the easiest route at the Jailhouse Rocks). It is the center climb of the three Cell Block routes, which can be found on the west side of the creek, at the point where the creek makes a 90 degree turn to the east.

This route goes up a gently sloping slab, between the two overhanging rocks on Cell Blocks Eight & Nine. It is very easy and well bolted on good rock.

Note: Squeezing the Lemmon rates this climb at a 5.8, which is WAY off. Even the 5.6 rating is a bit overdoing it for this climb.


4 bolts, plus chains.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Kristina at the chains of Cell Block Six
Kristina at the chains of Cell Block Six
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great view
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al on cell block 6
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Gabe doing Yoga on Cell Block 6. This also happen...
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By JayCap
Aug 26, 2004

There are actually 8 bolts on this route. Agree with Almonzo that 5.8 is too high a rating for this climb, but 5.6 or 5.6+ is fair. (Scarface on the Alcatraz Wall, which is rated 5.7, is easier climbing). Hardest bolt to reach is the first, and it's high for a first clip. A slip before this clip would be bad news.
By Vincent Greene
Aug 27, 2004
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Just to clarify, the guidebook got it wrong. The name Cell Block Six was in reference to the route's original 5.6 rating.
By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Mar 19, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Was on this route 3/17/2007 and counted 6 bolts + chains.
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Oct 29, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

6 bolts + chains. Much easier this time than last time I climbed it. Crux is at the 4th bolt. Also the 4th bolt was SUPER loose. I hand tightened it as best I could without a wrench but someone should tighten that up.
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 11, 2013

I just led this again today and I'm not sure why but, I feel more comfortable leading most 8s than I do on this. I'm not saying it's a hard climb because it really isn't and I wouldn't rate it higher than a 6, it's not even the slabby issue as I've led 5.9 slab and been less sketched. I'm really not sure what the deal is as I've been up this thing a dozen times :/

It is a great climb to toss somebody on that likes thinks climbing is all about upper body strength as that's not going to help you one bit on this one.

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