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 limestone 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.
All the walls listed here by me have been rap cleaned, and brushed at least once. The topouts have been cleared, and tend to remain fairly clean. A broom and stick brush are valuable tools out here.
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.
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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Too Old, To Die Young V4-5 6B+ Arizona
: Northern Arizona
: ... : I. The Half-life Wall
This is a unique power line that happens to be a bit shorter than most of the hard stuff up here. On the far left side of the wall there are a couple of seams. Start down and on the right one with a good right hand side pull pinch. A very nice side pull crimp for the left allows you to reach left to an awesome 1 1/2 finger pocket side pull. Fall into a clever crimp on the shield, and hit the "spear tip" undercling out left (this spear tip shaped hold is a very good way of identifying the line)....[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...