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Sandwich Spire West Face (New York Deli Wall)

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Sandwich Spire West Face (New York Deli Wall) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Luke Bertelsen on Sep 29, 2009
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The West Face of Sandwich Spire is in a tight gully that gets very little sun. The approach, which is a royal pain of downed oak and Manzanita bush-whacking, will almost guarantee that you will be alone should you venture to this crag. Should you choose to accept the approach mission you will find great rock quality with many sport routes in the 5.10-11 range.

Getting There 

Really?? It looks like it would be so easy as you stare at the spires when you drive past 7 Cataracts.

I personally think your best bet is to hike out towards Beaver Wall (at Windy Point) and start making your way down the hill. The trail that passes Turret Rock trail mentioned in SQLII is no longer there as far as I could tell. Having a copy of Squeezing the Lemmon II is handy. The west face is located in the tightest of the gullies between the spires and is up road from Hawks Bill Spire by only a little ways. Good Luck!!

Climbing Season

For the 2 - Bear Canyon area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Sandwich Spire West Face (New York Deli Wall)

Hoagie Crease 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Sandwich Spire West Face (N...
For the sport variation, ascend the buttress using a broken crack, being cognizant of the tree behind. Positive in-cuts appear as the buttress gives way to a slightly undulating, green face. Follow bolts up moderate terrain with an abundance of deep flakes. A shallow scoop with fewer features and a perplexing finish earn the grade.While none of the flakes broke during our visit, thoughtful selection of which features to use is recommended. I may have just been paranoid as this was our first ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By jaspur Chafer
From: tucson,az
Feb 7, 2016
What a great wall. Approach is gnarly. But for those willing to figure it out you'll be rewarded with some really good sport climbing. We walked in on the old approach past turret. Got a little lost but figured it out. Trail is pretty non existent. I'd suggest taking the gully rather than rapping in. We rapped in then walked out. A cordelette is nice to have for the two 11s on the left. And there is no anchors on at least one climb. Really good climbing. Reminds me of the Ravens but not as good rock. A little chossy but we didn't break anything off. A lot of the routes ( but not all) are pretty tightly bolted. Pretty good spot if 5.11 is a little scary still. Can't wait to go back. Great temps today in the shade. Climbing in a tshirt. High of 75 in town

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