Center Wall Rock Climbing
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Center Wall is the area between News Wall and the Smorgasbord Area. The left side is marked by an overlap that starts just right of Pro Sweat (see the entry for News Wall) which arcs up and right (Chunky Tuna, 5.5). The right side is marked by a wide fissure that climbs up and right (Strawberry Jam, 5.3 - actually part of Smorgasbord). In between are a hand full of short, rarely climbed routes. Chunky Tuna and Mercy Street are the only two that start from the ground. The rest all require some easy scrambling to reach.
The easiest way to reach the climbs on the Center Wall is to head to the News Wall. From Echo Canyon, follow the wide hiking trail around the back side of the Main Dome until you reach the blue trail marker. Take the blue trail up to the base of the wall (directly below Sweat) and turn right. Follow the wall keeping an eye on the features above you. Good landmarks are the overlap that marks the start of Chunky Tuna, the top of the overlap (Caver's Nightmare), and a short dihedral with a pair of cracks high on the dome (Zig Zag and Slam Bam...). It's also possible to reach the climbs by following the wall from the Smorgasbord Area, but there's more bush whacking involved, and it's easy to get turned around in the maze of boulders below the wall.
Climbing Season For the Main Dome area.
Weather station 5.1 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Center Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Center Wall:
Zig Zag 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Center Wall
Slam Bam Thank-You Ma'am 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Texas
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Fist and hand crack in the right facing dihedral. Scramble up the low angle 4th class face in front of the boulder pile to the large comfortable ledge below the dihedral. An anchor can be built here to belay from if desired or you can belay from the ground. Climb the corner and finish up a short stretch of low angle slab. The climb is about 30' from the big ledge, 100' if you include the 4th class terrain below the big ledge....[more] Browse More Classics in Texas