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The Arizona Strip Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Arizona Strip is the northwestern most corner of Arizona which is somewhat isolated from the rest of the state because of the Colorado River, and the Grand Canyon. More of a playground for Southern Utah and Nevada climbers looking for beautiful desert limestone sport climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Keith Ladzinski photo of Whitney Boland climbing V...
Keith Ladzinski photo of Whitney Boland climbing Vesper. Lime Kiln Canyon.


The Virgin River Gorge is perhaps the most recognizable crag, and known for the route Necessary Evil. First climbed by Chris Sharma in 1997, this route was one of the first to receive the 5.14c grade in the United States.

Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Doyle on Necessary Evil at the VRG.
Mike Doyle on Necessary Evil at the VRG.

Getting There 

Northwest corner of Arizona.

Climbing Season



Weather station 25.2 miles from here

97 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',20],['5.11',19],['5.12',24],['5.13',19],['>=5.14',6],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Arizona Strip

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Arizona Strip:
Office Party   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 350'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Sacred Trust
Eminent Domain    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Merely a Flesh Wound    5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Simple Truths   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Sacred Trust
Last Supper   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Brutus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Virgin River Gorge : Mentor Cave
Khaleesi   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Bloody Mary   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin River Gorge : Blasphemy Wall
The Madness   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Mesquiter    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 110'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
The Sadness   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 115'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Greyhound   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Total Depravity   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 165'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Vesper   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Mentor   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Virgin River Gorge : Mentor Cave
Mantis   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 110'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Homo Faber   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 110'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
The Honeycomb   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 110'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
Joe Six Pack   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Virgin River Gorge : Planet Earth Wall
Hoarse Platitudes    5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   Lime Kiln Canyon : The Grail
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Featured Route For The Arizona Strip
Rock Climbing Photo: Dark Boy

Dark Boy 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Blasphemy Wall
super stellar climbing broken up into three sections.. the first being about 11b, second being the 13b section, and the last being the prize winning 12a that you are rewarded after climbing through the crux... If the last section were its own route it would be the best warm up at the gorge.. this route is awesome and kinda sporty!! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Shawn Heath
Administrator
From: Forchheim, Germany
Feb 3, 2014
Since I had no idea what the hell "The Strip" was and you may not either, here's a Wikipedia article about it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_...
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 30, 2015
And if someone who knows these areas and would like to do a better description, I'd be happy to reassign the page.

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