Once coined the "Land of High Bouldering" by the late Robert Drysdale, the intermittent band of limestone walls above Lower Lake Mary have over time become known simply as, The Ridge.
This band runs for roughly four miles starting at the Pit, though the good stuff starts cropping up around the west end of Lower Lake Mary. The climbing is generally vertical to overhanging, with many bulge walls that will certainly capture your attention. But don't expect to find any roof problems out here.
JJ riding the rails, and David Bloom looking for a hop on The Railroad Wall. Christmas Day 2012.
The style is technical, and it will feel more like an every mans Cherry Canyon, though it's geographically closer to Priest Draw. Though the highballs do dominate the landscape, there are also tons of shorter problems to be had. All in all, there are plenty of desperates, and a whole lot of high quality moderates. A stick brush and a broom can be valuable tools to have.
Wade Forrest catching some last light on All Things Considered. NPR Wall, Spring 08
From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road and head east.
Climbing Season For the Lake Mary Areas area.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
122 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',83],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Ridge
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Ridge:
Featured Route For The Ridge
No News is Good News V5+ 6C+ Arizona
: Northern Arizona
: ... : C. NPR Wall
No News is Good News starts on the slopey pocket jug on the seam right of Morning Edition. From that hold work your way up to a slopey crimp rail. From there, move up to a sharp vertical pocket pinch. Always moving up and slightly right, with an insecure heal hook move up into a tight two finger with the right, and slopey butter dish just aside the pocket... These holds are very close together and constitute a match really. Up to the top from there. Very cool moves on this one. Kinda trick...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona
JJ Schlick & Matt Grecco with an attentive spot.
JJ Schlick reaching for it... Matt Grecco spotting...
Wade sinking them into the first pockets on the Ri...