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3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling S 
Dirty Bones S 
Flight Of The Trilobite T 
Fossil Fuel S 
Separation Of Cherts And Plate S 
Surfin The Reef S 

Fossil Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Feb 1, 2008
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Great spot out of the wind, sunny early and shady late. Good warmup lines here, and home to Mike Gillets "Fling". A nice clear landing with some great rocks to sit down and lace up. The first 20' is a chossy low angle wreck. Some parties spread out up on the big ledge, which gets good sun in the morning and is protected very well from the wind.

Getting There 

Hike the trail, take the sharp left (toward Tornado Wall), and just past the big steep slab section of the trail, look for a faint trail to the right (put in for dog owners). Follow the mellow switchback to the steambed trail in the meadow. Hike downstream till the trail crosses, where you go straight across to the opposing wall. Or from Tornado, follow the streambed down about 200 yeards.


From Left to Right:

1) Separation Of Cherts And Plate (5.9)
2) Fossil Fuel (5.8)
2.5) Flight Of The Trilobite (5.7)
3) Surfin The Reef (5.9)
4) 3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling (5.12a)
5) Dirty Bones (5.12a)
6) Abandoned Project?

Climbing Season

For the Last Chance Canyon area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Fossil Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fossil Wall:
3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
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3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : ... : Fossil Wall
Sustained climbing for the first four bolts with great movemet. The crux comes after the 2nd bolt. Technical footwork get you past the thin crimpers to the better holds at the 3rd bolt. Work left, get up on the shield shelf, hitting some more small pockets. Finally reaching the rail that slants to the right, pause and slow down your breathing. A few more easy moves and clip the chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Michael Gillit
Feb 23, 2016
Fossil Wall Routes: L to R

1. Separation Of Cherts And Plate 5.9 leftmost route, finishs over a small bulge/ overlap. Chains above a nice ledge.
2. Fossil Fuel 5.8 nice face left of crack. Anchors on nice ledge.
3. Flight Of The Trilobite 5.6 gear route up the crack/dihedral medium to large gear. Use anchor on ledge, left of crack to ease rope drag. Great photo op at top of route on wedge shaped chair at top.
4. Surfin The Reef 5.9
5. Three Feet From An Orgy aka "Fossil Fling" .11b/c starts off ledge. Please use a stickclip for first bolt.
6. Dirty Bones .12 ? Shares first few clips with 3feet, then finishes to the right on its own anchors.

These are the routes names when established. The anchor with no chains was the original finish to Flight Of The Trilobite. It was later changed to finish on the large ledge left of the crack. Great place to teach how to bring up seconds.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Feb 25, 2016
Thanks Mike! I wasn't sure on many of these names. If you know any first ascent info I'll add that too.

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