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Antibiotic, The S 
BP Cuff S 
Brain Salad Surgery S 
Cardiac Corner T 
Compound Fracture T 
Cool Reception S 
Deviated Septum S 
Excited Delirium T 
Free Refills S 
Herbal Remedy S 
House Calls S 
Iron Rod S 
Magnetic Resonance S 
Melonoma S 
Moss Man T 
Nasal Reflux S 
Night Nurse, The S 
No Appointment Necessary S 
Pharm Boy S 
Pharmacist, The T,S 
Return Visit (variation) S 
Scrubs S 
Shock Doc S 
Short Assistant, The S 
Side Effects S 
Synethesia AKA Linger Fickin Good! T 
Timed Release (variation) S 
Tourette's T,S 
Unlicensed Practitioner S 

The Doctor's Office  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,762'
Location: 35.00043, -111.74156 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 1, 2008
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The Doctor's Office is a narrow corridor between two large fins of rock that houses a bunch of fairly new bolted lines (and a few trad and mixed lines as well). The Pharmacy is the upper part of the same corridor (blocked off by a huge chockstone) that is easily accessed via a rebar ladder. The southern wall is generally vertical to slightly overhanging and offers pocketed and edgey sandstone climbing on less than perfect rock. The northern wall has mostly slabby climbing on black rock. This area gets all day shade and remains cool even in the summer heat.

The Doctor himself has helped to sort out the routes here, and for now they start on the south side of the canyon and horseshoe around and end on the north side.

Getting There 

Located down below The Book of Friends. Drive to the well-signed Cave Springs Campground (2 miles from the bottom of the switchbacks) and park. Walk to the bridge just in from the entrance, and from the northwest corner of the bridge locate a trail that heads NW up a small hillside in the direction of the obvious Book of Friends dihedral. This trail skirts around the hillside and then follows the edge of a wash all the way up into the corridor. Hiking time is about 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Doctor's Office

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Doctor's Office :
Cardiac Corner   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Free Refills   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
House Calls   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tourette's   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Nasal Reflux   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Short Assistant   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Night Nurse   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Shock Doc   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Synethesia AKA Linger Fickin Good!   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Excited Delirium   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Magnetic Resonance   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Balancey, bearhuggy, gritstonesque climbing with two bolts gets you to a great rest ledge. Charge your batteries and launch into overhanging flared hands in a tight leaning right facing corner. The business is difficult flared fingers and body scumming over a bulge. Mantle over to another great rest. Finish with a fun, strenuous stembox with two bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: David gets the anchors on a new 12a in the Office....
David gets the anchors on a new 12a in the Office....
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Beautiful crag with beautiful lines.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across at the 250-foot South Wall of the D...
Looking across at the 250-foot South Wall of the D...
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Looking up into the Doctor's Office
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Rock Climbing Photo: This is 1 of 2 new topos for the Doctor's Office. ...
BETA PHOTO: This is 1 of 2 new topos for the Doctor's Office. ...
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By MisterE Wolfe
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 2, 2008
Be aware: it should be at least 85 degrees in Sedona to climb at the Doctor's Office. It is in a narrow slot canyon, creating a swamp-cooler effect. If it is 90 in Sedona, the DO will be a perfect 75 degrees.


The area is sandstone, and becomes brittle when wet.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jun 4, 2008
Walking for those Sedona towers is over-rated. A short jaunt to the Dr's Area & RX is certainly worthy and can provide some nice shade.

Heads up about bringing pooches to the crag. The trail is OK but the nature of the base, large blocks and 4th class scrambling is pretty difficult even for the experienced rock hound.

Routes can be a bit sandy.... but that said not much traffic and, well, they are sandstone.
By MisterE Wolfe
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 21, 2008

The original hand-drawn topo has been replaced with an up-dated one. Additionally, most routes have sandstone plaques at the base giving the rating of the route by number (not letter (i.e., 11-,11,11+)

Also, bring your Red Rocks Pass or display a golden eagle, access pass, or other NF pass. There is no ticketing, but warnings have been issued!

Erik Wolfe
By Loren Trager
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 21, 2011
As a pharmacist, I would like to thank the developers of this area. The topos are great and the routes look awesome. I can't wait to jump on all routes I can, especially my namesake. And, the America the Beautiful pass is a great deal at only $80 for unlimited entrance to all national parks.
By john crawley
From: flagstaff, az
Oct 24, 2012
Kevin, the line is there to lower stuff out, not to rap on. The cans are there from early developers who stored their equipment in them. They were washed out from their stash spots during the monsoons.
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 17, 2016
There's a route on the north wall that tops out (I'm guessin it's ~180' tall) with a register. Unfortunately the register is totally soaked.
Rock Climbing Photo: soaked register
soaked register

Which route is this?
By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Mar 17, 2016
Hey Kevin
I believe you are thinking of Super Party Hero. A Rodman/Raber/ route. Something in the .12 range with some aid moves. I could track down a hilarious topo for you...
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 20, 2016
Jeff I would love to see said topo
By Will Wright
From: Phoenix
Dec 14, 2016
Unclimbably people still go here?
By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Dec 16, 2016
Hell yeah The People still climb here. At least a few of the people do... Sandy as ever. Still a great hang for the warm months and if you like a bit of horror while clipping bolts.
By Charles Yang
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 24, 2017
Approach info:
Purchase a Sedona Red Rock pass for $5. We got ours at a gas station in town.
Continue driving north on the 89A as if you were going up to Flagstaff.
Look for the Cave Springs campground on the left side.
Pull into a small lot on the right, immediately after turning into the campsite.
Head up the paved road towards the campsite. You'll come across a small bridge over the creek. Go to the far side of the creek and follow the bank 25 feet to the based of a hill. Scramble up this hill (15 feet) and follow the trail that parallels a wash. Watch out for sharp bushes and cacti. There are times the trail is hard to follow. When in doubt, continue up the wash towards the large slot canyon on the left. We saw a smaller slot canyon on the right but that's not the Doctor's office. From the time you leave the bridge to arriving at the crag, it'll be a steep 15 minutes of hiking.

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