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Ocean of Terror S 
Raiders of the Lost Ark S 
SassyKat Superstar S 
Shaared S 
Unsubstantiated Propaganda S 

The Ark Rock Climbing 

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this massive freestanding "boulder" is easily recognized as there is nothing else quite like it around. Shady most of the day with noon to dusk being the best (if its chilly outside expect to it to be more so here). rock quality is good with areas of choss (nothing big though just small pebbles and rock dust).

Getting There 

upon getting to the Mecca follow the right "trail" (goes through the boulder field) staying on the inside of the fin.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Ark

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Ark:
Raiders of the Lost Ark   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 100'   
Atheist Childhood   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   
Shaared   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Joy of Heresy   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
SassyKat Superstar   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Bazooka Face   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Unsubstantiated Propaganda   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
The Last Starfighter   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
July Jihad   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Happy Pants   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 85'   
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Featured Route For The Ark
Rock Climbing Photo: photo by cynthia tuan.

Atheist Childhood 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Wyoming : Ten Sleep Canyon : ... : The Ark
starts in the crack leading to jugs, crimpy and reachy around the 7th to 8th bolt before jugging out again to the chains. little dirty around the 4th and 5th bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Aug 12, 2011
This place had the best climbing I did in 4 days at tensleep. If you go to tensleep... go here!
By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Aug 17, 2011
I hate to be negative, but his was my least favorite wall that I visited in Ten Sleep. The lines are fun but the rock is chossier and dirtier than other areas, resembling mud more than amazing dolomite. In addition some of the holds seemed a bit questionable making this less of a destination than Slavery Wall, Supererratic, and FCR.
By DavidHH
From: Parker, Colorado
Aug 17, 2011
I'm with Phil. DTP, I agree that it could be considered a bit dirtier I think that's just because people avoid the confusing hike back there. The Joy of Heresy and Last Starfighter are 2 of the most elegant lines I have done period. We were the only party out there on a Saturday last summer, it has such a different feel than the rest of the canyon.
By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Sep 15, 2012
The rock might look kind of chossy but it feels bomber to me. Absolutely worth the hike to get away from folks on the weekend--the formation is really cool looking and the routes are very aesthetic, imo. They have good movement to back up their looks, as well!
By beccs
Jul 7, 2017
We showed up early and the gate at the top of the old road was closed and the old road cut off. We cut a new trail starting at the first gate, hopping the barb wire fence, over the meadow and then an easy hike up traversing the big hill. Joins where the trail goes into the woods. It takes about 40min at a leasurly pace. I much prefer this to the slog described in the guidebook.
By Nick Stayner
From: Wymont Kingdom
Jul 17, 2017
Much thanks to beccs and the others who busted the new approach in. It rocks. Thanks for the quality new contributions at the crag!

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