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Carboboy  S 
Cheese and Crackers  T,S 
Fine Wine  S 
Finger lick'n good S 
Flying Gumbies  S 
Greg's Sonic Boom S 
Protein boy S 
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The AAA Walls  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,205'
Location: 46.78142, -87.77866 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mikey G. on Apr 15, 2010

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This is a great sport climbing crag with easy access and a great assortment of climbs from 5.7 to 5.13a/b. This area is broken into two crags the AAA Wall which has most of the routes and Secret Crag about a 1/4 mile away that has a few very difficult lines. It has a long history of top roping and bold trad leading. Bolts have been placed starting around 2003 and its' now a primarily sport area. The crag sees many different user groups and can be quite crowded on holiday weekends. Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends often see large youth groups and it's best to find another area to climb if it's one of those weekends. There is no camping permitted, and please make sure to park off the road so any traffic can easily pass. There is a town (Big Bay) about 10 minutes farther up County Road 550 that has two nice bars with decent food. All in all the AAA wall is an amazing sport climbing area with a diverse variety of climbs and great access. Please tread lightly and pack out whatever you packed in....Enjoy....

Getting There 

Head North on 550 toward Big Bay.

Take a left on county road 510 which is a large dirt road just before the town of Big Bay.

Take 510 until you reach The second large dirt road on your right. Take this for about a mile until you see a heavily graveled road on your right. It'll be at a left ward corner on the road you are traveling on. Take the gravel road back and go right at the first Y in the road. Left would take you into the gravel pit. Shortly after there will be one more Y and take that one to the left. another 50 yards and you're there.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The AAA Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The AAA Walls :
Cheese and Crackers    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Greg's Sonic Boom   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 45'   
Fine Wine    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Flying Gumbies    5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Carboboy    5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Finger lick'n good   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jake on "Fine Wine"

Fine Wine 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  Michigan : Marquette : The AAA Walls
This is a great climb with an arsenal of fun moves and interesting holds. Due to the low crux and the large boulder behind this climb watch your fall on the first two bolts since there is a chance for decking. This climb really goes well after some "Cheese and Crackers". ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Michigan

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By MIclimber
May 19, 2012
Here's the exact directions from Marquette

Take County Rd 550 North out of Marquette until you hit County Rd 510. (22 miles)
Take a left on County Rd 510 and it is 3.1 miles to AAA Rd.
Take a right on AAA Rd for 1.2 miles until a fork.
Take a right at this 1st fork and go .3 miles until a 2nd fork, stay right (on the left you will pass a locked gate)
You will immediately come to a 3rd fork, go left, and you will see the crag on your right.
Pull up to the right and park where the rock becomes parallel to the road and you'll be looking at Carbo Boy area which is climber's right of the scree.

The road off of AAA Rd is very sandy, but good enough for even small cars to get through. There is also logging activity along the road, but I wasn't hassled at all.

There are 9 Sport Routes total as of 05/2012. These are my opinions on grades relative to each other. I did not climb Protein Boy or Finger Licken/Satan's Camaro, but I just wanted to try and put all the info together in one place because it was a little confusing. I'm assuming there are some top roping opportunities around the corner from Flying Gumbies, but I did not inspect this.

From left to right

Left of the Scree:

Rope Dragger or Trad 30ft (Trad)
Greg's Sonic Boom 5.7 3 Bolts 30ft
Gobble Gobble 5.8 4 Bolts 35ft
Unnamed? Trad line 35ft (Trad)
Unnamed? 5.9+ 3 Bolts 30ft

Right of the Scree:

Fine Wine 5.10a 5 Bolts 45ft
Cheese and Crackers 5.7 5 Bolts 50ft
Carbo Boy 5.10d 5 bolts 40ft
Protein Boy 5.11a 5 bolts 40 ft
Finger Licken (also named) Satan's Camaro 5.11d/5.12 5 bolts 40ft
Flying Gumbies 5.10c 5 bolts 40ft

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