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12c for a day S 
Breaking the Law S 
Business Before Pleasure S 
Callisto S 
Cherche La Femme S 
Cinnamon Groove S 
Cold Beer in the River S 
Despicable Me S 
Domestic Bliss S 
Gainfully Unemployed S 
Get in The Van  S 
Golden Khan S 
Highway 99 S 
Hull Yeah S 
Hurt Locker, The S 
Kate Moss S 
Lockjaw  S 
Luna Park S 
Manfully Endowed S 
Meridian S 
Misha's Route  S 
No Reimer Reason S 
Paradigm Drift S 
Paradigm Shift S 
Pocket Cyclops S 
Serendipity S 
Shoe Phone S 
Van Halem S 

Ryan's Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 48.67783, -121.24376 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ryan Triplett on Mar 4, 2008  with updates from Eric Hirst and 1 more
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The rock is a gneiss (metamorphosed granitic rock) that is both solid and beautiful, offering quality aesthetic lines of 5.9 through 5.13 in difficulty. The crag faces west and south, tucked into the bottom of a wooded, steep valley, just north of the highway.

Getting There 

Coming from the west, pass through town to the electrical substation at the end of town and on the right. Park here, and walk for a few minutes up the road, heading further out of town. The crag is just off the road, on the north (left) side.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ryan's Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ryan's Wall:
Cherche La Femme   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Cold Beer in the River   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches   
Kate Moss   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   
Luna Park   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Domestic Bliss   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Serendipity   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hull Yeah   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 35'   
Gainfully Unemployed   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
12c for a day   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Highway 99   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   
Lockjaw    5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kate Moss never looked better

Kate Moss 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Ryan's Wall
A climb with two distinct characters. The first half follows an arete/rib feature with somewhat techy lieback moves to a bulge. After the bulge, the second half turns to pumpy jugs up a headwall. First half + second half = fun!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan's Wall as seen from HWY 20.
BETA PHOTO: Ryan's Wall as seen from HWY 20.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan's Wall
Ryan's Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Refreshing dunk spot nearby.
Refreshing dunk spot nearby.
Rock Climbing Photo: Clearing storm, Newhalem
Clearing storm, Newhalem

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By blakeherrington
Sep 23, 2008
To Reach the wall:

Park on the South side of Hwy20, at the East end of "town".
Walk along hwy 20 for ~150yrds to a trail on the left, which leads to the wall in about 30 seconds.
By jonah
Sep 27, 2008
Thanks to the years of effort of the Access Fund, the Washington Climbers Coalition and the great National Park Service staff, Newhalem is once again open for new routes!!
The above parties in conjunction with the Vertical World climbing team, the Wilderness Society and the Washington Trails Association just built a new trail to a new mega cliff just down the road. Walk down and check it out and bring your new-routing mojo! There is a decade's worth of potential in this gorge and years of new routes on the new cliff alone!

Also, the late, great badass and all-around great friend Ryan Triplett put up a bunch of new-school hard classics at the main Newhalem cliff ("Newhalem West"). Check 'em out! I'll try to post route info...
By jonah
Sep 27, 2008
FYI there is an online guide (incomplete but a good place to start) here:
By Ryan Huetter
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 26, 2008
Wow. What a cool interactive topo idea.
By Marty Bland
Jun 15, 2010
What is the season here? Looks like it seeps in spring? Which way do the cliffs face and when does the sun hit them?
By Drewsky
Jul 4, 2010
Someone else might know better, but I believe Ryan's Wall is south or southeast facing while the other larger wall is south to southwest facing. I think one could potentially climb here year round in the right conditions. Ryan's Wall seems to both dry quickly after and stay dry during most rainstorms. Most of it is in the shade in early afternoon as well.
By Isa Lulu
From: VA, NC, TN
May 29, 2013
Hey! Anyone have info on the bouldering here? I can't find any details on how to get to the boulders.
By Phil
From: Salt Lake City
Jul 24, 2014
Good topi here:
By desbien
From: seattle,wa
Aug 21, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: higher resolution
higher resolution
By seamus.k
Sep 20, 2015
The Goodell Fire passed through this area in late August; Ryan's Wall got burned out, as with much of that valley. We scoped it out last week and the climbing had been cordoned off by the Parks. Parks noted they were going to be sending a crew up to assess the risk of the standing, dead trees and other impacts from the fire. The ranger guessed the climbing would be closed until next spring.

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