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Thor's Chasm Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on May 14, 2015
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BETA PHOTO: Thor's Chasm Bouldering Topo.


Back in 1999 I found myself staring at geourgous granite features above a debri filled chasm in the middle of Thor's Wall, to the right of the bolted routes. It took a full day to clear the chasm of dead bushes, huge rotten logs, and an impressive amount of throat choking tumble weed. Some of these lines may now be bolted.

Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gasch climbing out of the chasm on the 2nd as...
Mike Gasch climbing out of the chasm on the 2nd ascent of Voodoo Blues, 1999.

Wide Open Gasch V8-9 is the chalked line of crimps to his right.

The result, however, was well worth the effort. After rapping, and scrubbing the lines, I knew I was onto some of the best highball bouldering around Prescott. I did most the FAs by myself with a single midget pad, but it wasn't long before I had friends there sampling the goods. All the lines were quickly repeated by Danny Schwarz and Mike Gasch. Mike was also able to send the only true project on the wall, which we thought was V8 or V9, but this was a while back. With this line, Wide Open Gasch, a new difficulty came to Watson Lake, which is really known for its tall, scenic moderate problems.

Rock Climbing Photo: Danny Schwarz flashing The White Knight despite hi...
Danny Schwarz flashing The White Knight despite his better judgement, while JJ Schlick spots? Danny shot me a "boy you better be careful" look when he got back down. Unlike the rest of the problems on this wall, the top out of White Knight is a bit unnerving.

If you blow the top out moves, you still have to have enough poise to jump backwards across the chasm.... Might deserve an R.

The problems listed here start down in the chasm, with Crystal Witches being the left most line. Though these lines push the 25'-30' mark, the way the wall is set up, one can jump back to the far side of the chasm at about 15' which is kind of rad. All the lines top out on a traverse ledge, with a convenient down climb on the climber's right by a tree. Some of these lines pass bolts, but if your into this kind of climbing that shouldn't bother you none.

Rock Climbing Photo: Thor's Chasm Bouldering Topo.
Thor's Chasm Bouldering Topo.

Getting There 

Check topo on main Watson Lake page.

Climbing Season

For the *Prescott Area Bouldering* area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gasch climbing out of the chasm on the 2nd as...

Voodoo Blues V5 6C  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Thor's Chasm
Probably the most classic line on the wall, this was always my favorite here.Using hard edges off the deck, move up and right through tricky holds along the split black water streak. A few slopers, a couple of big moves, and if you send, a big ole grin on your face....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 16, 2015
I never did see the second edition of Bill's guide. It seems like I gave him my notes on this stuff when he was putting it together, but maybe not. However, I showed all this stuff to local hero Peter Kohl back in the day.

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