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Center Wall Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Center Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Center Wall:
Slam Bam Thank-You Ma'am   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For Center Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: The 4th class hand crack that marks the start of B...

Bahama Mama 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  Texas : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : Center Wall
Start on the low angle 4th class hand crack and follow it up to the head wall. Move right and up the shallow awkward dihedral. Continue up the dihedral to the huge ledge and move right to find a hand crack that starts out near vertical and quickly becomes low angle. Continue to the top. This is a really fun climb. The novice leader will need to take rope drag and possible pendulums (for the second) into consideration. It could easily be broken into 2 pitches if needed to help with rope drag and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Texas

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