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Left of Orc Tower Rock Climbing 

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A huge wall sometimes called the quarry area by older climbers. Generally clean, dry, and exposed. The top of the wall ends near the base of the Mid Wall, providing several walk-off possibilities.

Prior to 1982, it had a huge roof near the top (with a bold A4 route out it), but in the winter of that year, the roof fell down, depositing the huge boulders below. Now, except for the huge chimney route on the very left end, the wall is reported to be quite solid.

The top of the wall is one of two places at Index used by BASE jumpers, the other being the central part of the Upper Town Wall.

Getting There 

Either hike up from the Country, or from the Lower Town Wall.

Climbing Season

For the The Country Area area.

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: High up on Humble Pie (11c) (photo from Defecto)

Jonah Benkert's World Famous Homemade Humble Pie 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Washington : Index : ... : Left of Orc Tower
The first pitch is the same as "Tour of Duty". To repeat that info: Start from a gold-colored bolt atop a pedestal on the left side of the wall. P1: 11b. Bouldery start up clean rock (5.11b) then turns to fourth class for the second half of the pitch. P2: 11b. Also a bouldery start. Go under an overhang then up to the right side of an obvious boulder to a large belay. P3: 10b. Scale the black pillar to the base of the headwall. P4: 11c. Here the fun really starts. 11c face climbing on an otherwi...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Stamati
From: Bellingham, WA
Jul 12, 2016
The Quarry is the most underrated sector at Index. Aside from the bottom pitch, the rock is immaculate and unique to Index. Crisp edges, cracks, overlaps and protruding features provide interesting movement. The almost entirely flat wall lends to a feeling of incredible exposure with a view rivaling or surpassing those from other walls.

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