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Hualapai Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.90447, -113.90817 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jed G on Dec 27, 2009
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Extremely remote, 600+ft tall, gneissic, "desert alpine" formation with detatched pillars, in a rugged, dramatic setting. The place is intimidating, few have climbed here, but there are clean lines amidst all that choss. Definitely 6 quality multi-pitched routes (known) and more have been spotted.

It would be presumptuous to claim any first ascents because this place has been known and climbed occasionally for decades, though first ascents are entirely possible. A few routes are named and described here just to give some idea. If anyone is sure of a first ascent, and some earlier given names for routes, please speak. Bolts on some of the faces could produce some incredible routes but would require an immense effort.

The ratings here could very likely feel sandbagged. As these routes were posted by Granite Mountain climbers, the ratings should be in keeping with the system at The Mountain, and reflect the likely ratings that would have been given by the pioneers of the Hualapai Wall...the 'ol Syndicatico Granitica

The camping at Campsite #1 and Shanty Town is out of this world!

Getting There 

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Approach is 1.5 to 2hours, the bushwhacking is heinous, though a couple visits revealed a best way. It is temping, upon approaching the elevation of the foot of the wall to make a B-line directly to it but it is wiser to stay wide to the west and then south and circle back into it where the brush is less tall and dense.

Climbing Season

For the Northern Arizona area.

Weather station 13.1 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rhino 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Hualapai Wall
The climb is great, after a scruffy approach up the gully it gets really quite good. It starts off with some cool thinner crack/corner climbing, quality short pitch 20m. Pitch 2 the money/brutal pitch 60m of off width to the summit of the eagles nest. We had a #6 BD that was just bumped for the whole pitch. The rock on this climb is very high quality, go do it. I do not know why the name is Rhino, On the FA we called it "This is what you get when you f**k a stranger in the as*" From the mo...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Paul Davidson
Dec 29, 2009
This is the same Hualapi Wall up above the old mine right ?
I thought this was a type of Quartzite rock? Certainly felt like that to me.

One very cool area, the guy to talk to is Scott Baxter.
The Syndicatico Granitica put up many routes here in the '70s.
So I imagine Rusty Bailie and David Lovejoy would also have some info.
It seems to me that there used to be a small hand drawn topo floating around. If I ever find it, I'll post it up.

The approach is a bit rough as I recall. Some of the tallest manzanitas I've thrashed through. I've heard a number of stories of climbers running into rattlers down in the manzanita thickets but personally never saw one.

More pics...
By Jed G
Jan 1, 2010
yes this is the same Hualupai Wall above the old mine. I have read that it is a gneissic formation, but it does feel like quartzite in places. I'm not a geologist, but maybe there's some of both present... if that is possible. It seems that way because in places it seems about as good as high quality quartzite can be, and in other places it seems very chossy and dangerous.

I would like to see that old topo.

I have talked to David Lovejoy about it, and others in my crew are close with Rusty Ballie, and neither of them had a whole lot to offer. David said he had been there once and had a vague recollection of the experience, but the little bit he did remember was helpful. Perhaps Scott Baxter knows more,but I don't know how to get ahold of him.
By meghan c.
From: el paso, tx
Jan 26, 2010
Thanks for the info Paul and Rusty. Did you begin the approach from the old Boriana Mine or dive up the 4WD BLM road?
By Jed G
Feb 9, 2010
if you have a truck you can drive all the way up to the mine and begin the approach there.

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