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A Faint Horizon S 
Assassin , The S 
Black Solitaire, The S 
Broad Axe S 
Continental Drift S 
Fluffy Puppy Puffy, The S 
Hermit, The S 
Holy Roller S 
Lost Solitude S 
Lucky Old Sun S 
Lucky Old Sun Direct S 
Man On the Moon S 
Rusty Blade S 
Scythe, The S 
Silent Shout S 
Slipstream S 
Solitaire S 
Thunder Moon S 
Thunderbird Arête  S 
Whiplash S 

Main Wall Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,600'
Location: 35.2411, -111.61791 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Apr 23, 2010
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Description 

The Main Wall is a beautiful swath of stone which is heavily accented with bright lichen, and stunning black, white, bronze, and gray water streaks. This is the tallest wall in the canyon, and the lines here are long, aesthetic, exposed, and hold a distinct granitic feel to the movements. Some of the best single pitch air on Elden guaranteed.

Though these routes will require seasonal cleanings because of water run off, there is a fine collection of 5.10s, a handful of good 5.11s, and an excellent grouping of 5.12s. With the addition of the routes Black Solitaire 5.13- and The Hermit 5.13, this place is turning into a great local cold weather training crag, and an awesome place to find a project.

A 70 meter rope is highly recommended. Watch those rope ends when lowering!!! These are long pitches. Also, it's nice to have three or four full length runners, and a handful of long draws to manage your rope flow. Not a crag for short draws....

Climbing the multi pitch version of Man on the Moon 5.10- allows one to access the anchors of all the harder routes for hanging draws, cleaning holds, or retrieving gear. Though it takes some finagling.

Conditions can turn on a dime edge up here. However, if the sun is shining, and the air is cool, this crag is a good opportunity to get above, and away from it all without having to leave town.


Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Overview Topo
Main Wall Overview Topo

Rock Climbing Photo: The Main Wall
The Main Wall

Getting There 

Follow directions on the main page.

Climbing Season

For the Solitude Canyon area.

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',6],['5.11',4],['5.12',6],['5.13',4],['>=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 Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Wall:
Man On the Moon   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 250'   
Rusty Blade   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Lucky Old Sun Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Thunderbird Arête    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Thunder Moon   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Lucky Old Sun   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Scythe   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Whiplash   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Broad Axe   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Slipstream   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Solitaire   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
A Faint Horizon   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Assassin    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Holy Roller   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Continental Drift   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Black Solitaire   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Hermit   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Solitaire 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Main Wall
For the grade, Solitaire stands out as one of Flagstaff's more classic sport routes, and one of the most beautiful.Start by a small pine tree on the right side of the squaty, chossy pillar just up hill from Man on the Moon. Climb through a large weakness filled with jugs to the first bulge. Eye your footholds on the right, below the bulge, because they will disappear all too quickly as you start to move up. Clever stemming, a hand jam, and a little laybacking will see you through to a good...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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