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Sterling Pass

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Bellyful of Moonshine T 
Best Laid Plans T 
Confederacy of Dunces T 
Counterfeit T 
Der Ficken (aka Jesus on a Rubber Cross) T 
Do Wrong Right T 
Heart and Soul S 
Moonshiner T 
Nobodys Dirty Business T 
Pocket full of Horses T 
Safecracker- aka "Firecracker" T 
Sterling Sliver T 
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Sterling Pass Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 34.9329, -111.7598 View Map  Incorrect?
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Original summit register, FA account of "The ...


a nice collection of sandstone cracks

Getting There 

Great Dihedral is to the west of Sterling Pass, approached from the end of Dry Creek Rd. On the East side are several other established routes. Approach these from trail head just north of Manzanita Campground along Oak Creek.

Climbing Season

For the Oak Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sterling Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sterling Pass:
Counterfeit   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   
Pocket full of Horses   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   
Moonshiner   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Safecracker- aka "Firecracker"   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Heart and Soul   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For Sterling Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: St. Christophers Tower, Heart and Soul.

Heart and Soul 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Sterling Pass
Heart and Soul ascends the prominent blunt arête on the east face of St. Christopher’s tower. This aesthetic spire was originally done via the north face A2 route, “The Well of Souls” in January of 1996 by Raimonde, Stih, Clark. Heart and Soul is one of the finest sport spires anywhere and a true Burcham/Tatum masterpiece! The arrangement of fantastic climbing and a surreal location is sure to put this spire near the top of the list of classic Northern Arizona routes. While the climbing is t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Nick Dolhyj 1
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 9, 2015
would really love to climb here. anybody have some better approach beta?
By Dean Hoffman
Feb 14, 2015
Hey Nick, when heading down from Flagstaff you will cross oak creek at Slide Rock, continue about a mile or two and you will see a smallish pullout on the right side of the road with a fairly small trail sign, if you pass the campground on the left you've gone too far and if you pass the waterfall you've definitely gone to far! As far as the routes, Heart and Soul is about a 30 min hike up the trail and the Chutes and Ladders Wall and Sterling Wall are about another 10 min hike towards the top of the pass. Hope it you get up there,I'd love any feedback you might have on the lines!