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Go Your Own Way S 
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road S 
Heart of Gold S 
It's So Easy S 
Joker, The S 
Octopus's Garden S 
Orange Crush S 
Purple Haze S 
Shakin' S 
Slow Ride S 
You're So Vain S 

Rock of Ages Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,600'
Location: 43.72056, -113.07719 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: WAGbag, Mike Engle, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Mike Engle on Jul 6, 2017

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Rock of Ages has a dense collection of moderate but excellent quality routes.

This crag is positioned very close to and just uphill (north) of the Burning Spear crag.

Typical of crags at The Fins, Rock of Ages receives morning sun and afternoon shade.

Rock of Ages is a steep slab of heavily featured, (mostly) bulletproof limestone. The routes tend to be moderate though not easy. The climbing is technical, sustained, and thoughtful with runnels, pockets, pinches, and tiny edges. Several of the climbs have 2nd pitches on amazing knobs.

The crag is 150 feet in height. Most of the single pitch routes are around 10 -17 bolts in length. The two pitch climbs typically have about 10 bolts on the first pitch and 7 or 8 bolts on the second pitch.

The single pitch routes are equipped with convenient sport anchors for quick lowering, consisting of an open cold shut and 3/8" chain with a steel carabiner. The 2 pitch climbs are equipped with 3/8" chain anchors. If you're going to do a group TR session please use your own draws at the anchor. A 60 meter rope will get you back to the ground from all routes at Rock of Ages. (Note: 2 rappels with a 60 meter rope are needed to get down from the 2 pitch climbs).

Each route on Rock of Ages has a small, discrete name tag with name and approximate grade.

"You're So Vain" is the first route encountered from the approach trail.

Rock of Ages was developed by Chris Barnes, Vernon Phinney, and Mike Engle in June 2017. In addition to the route developers, Linda Engle and Cathy Kriloff contributed significantly to the newly established trail to the area.

Getting There 

Start your mileage at the turn off of Idaho 33 onto the gravel FS 557 road. Continue up the main road for about 3.3 miles and park. There is a small parking area near a power line pole and a sign for underground power cables. If parked smartly, there is room for about 6 or 7 cars.

There is a new trail that contours the hillside up to Classic Rock, Burning Spear, & Rock of Ages. Follow the trail to the crags. About 15 minutes to Burning Spear & Classic Rock and another 5 minutes to Rock of Ages. See the trail map.

The developed crags of Mortal Earth are visible from the parking, see the beta picture.

Check out the aerial overview for trail and crag location.

Climbing Season

For the The Fins area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Rock of Ages

The Joker 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Idaho : The Fins : ... : Rock of Ages
On the right side of Rock of Ages are two routes that end on the same anchor. The Joker is the left route and has a crux bulge about 20 feet off the deck. The route remains high quality and fun climbing. The final headwall is negotiated by pinching large to small chert knobs....[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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