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Upper Oak Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 

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The upper right side of Oak Creek Canyon contains a number of remote, high quality routes. Although this is a continuation of the Eagle Wall area to its right, the approach and character of this area are different. The angle is not as steep, yielding much more moderate climbing. The descents are easy and the rock sunny. Large pine trees and running water give this area an alpine feel. The Celebration wall is the varnished slab on the left and the Ski Tracks, diagonal cracks cutting through unvarnished rock, marks the right edge of this area.

Getting There 

Approach by following the drainage up past Solar Slab, Black Orpheus, and finally the cairns marking the approach to Levitation 29. Stay generally in the drainage, toiling over the boulders and through the brambles. You can save a little time by escaping to the south (left) side of the gully for a while a bit past the turnoff to Levitation but no matter how you do this it's a long haul. The approach is 2 hours or longer, depending on conditions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Oak Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Oak Creek Canyon:
Catwalk   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Coltrane   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   
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Featured Route For Upper Oak Creek Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Underhanging Overhang (5.7), Celebration Wall, Oak...

Underhanging Overhang 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Upper Oak Creek Canyon
A fine backcountry adventure. No crowds, little chalk, and great views. Also features some grungy rock and brush, and a little sandbagged at 5.7 by today's standards (some might call it 5.8). Most pitches run about 120-150 feet. The belay points described by Handren (2007:114) are generally logically placed, although some pitches can be linked w/ a 60m rope.Gear up near the creek, and 3rd class up the slabs for a couple hundred feet. Start P1 up a fractured left-facing corner to a broad led...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cactus Flower Tower and Mt. Wilson.
Cactus Flower Tower and Mt. Wilson.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks frozen in the creek.
Rocks frozen in the creek.

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Apr 20, 2010
Might this MP page be better titled "Celebration Wall" since all these routes are just on one crag?
And, are the Ski Tracks referring to Catwalk and Underhanging Overhang or something else? Just curious.

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