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Hammer Wall & The Keyhole

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L to R R to L Alpha
Corner, The T,TR 
Darkest Hour T,TR 
Hammer Case T 
Hammer Crack T,TR 
Hammer Crack Variation T 
Hammer Master T,TR 
Hard Times T 
Insect Parts T,TR 
Keyhole Chimney T 
Meat Hammer TR 
Nonconformist T 
Prosperity TR 
Stettner's Overhang T,TR 
Sunken Slab TR 
Top Shelf TR 

Hammer Wall & The Keyhole Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Oct 7, 2011
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The lower level of Major Mass is bounded on the East by the formation that culminates in the Keyhole, a smaller version of the Doorway. Hammer Wall is the large, clean expanse of rock that faces East at the bottom.

This area is complicated in the guidebook because it can be divided into as many as three "pitches". It is more common to just climb through in a single pitch, or just climb partway and scramble off to the West. You often have a choice of just which lines you want to link

Getting There 

The approach that requires the least effort is to hike up the Potholes trail, and cut West across the boulder field where the trail emerges from the trees below Red Rocks. There are currently (summer 2011) some massive old logs down along the trail just where you leave it.

An alternative that many people find easier when they are first checking this area out is to hike up to the Doorway, then descend the gully just West of that area (as if you were headed to the Upper Level or Jungle Gym. That gully lies between Major Mass and Minor Mass, so as you get toward the bottom, cut to your right and you will be at Hammer Wall and Stettner's Overhang.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hammer Wall & The Keyhole

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hammer Wall & The Keyhole:
Stettner's Overhang   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 40'   
Hammer Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR   
Hammer Master   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 50'   
Hammer Case   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Hammer Wall & The Keyhole
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Hammer Case 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13  Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : ... : Hammer Wall & The Keyhole
Hammer Case is a showcase line on a beautiful, secluded little wall and is also a readily doable 5.12- lead for the park if you are feeling fit. Dave Groth turned me onto this line in the mid 90's and I was instantly taken with it, and lead it in short order. This line was on his short list of gear friendly 5.12s in the park. Find a nice starting hold, grab it, and climb up and left along a sweeping seam/crack. Great moves, just enough gear, and very little traffic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wisconsin

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