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Upper Town Wall Rock Climbing 


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Location: 47.824, -121.5655 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jon Nelson on May 19, 2012
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Description 

The huge wall sitting above the town of Index visible from the road into town. Has routes both short and long, both aid and free, and both trad and sport. At about 30-min, it has a longer approach than the 2-min one to the Lower Wall, but well worth the hike.

Classic aid lines include Town Crier and Green Dragon. Great multipitch free routes include the Davis-Holland, Wildest Dreams, and Heaven's Gate. Also many 1-pitch routes at the base. The Cheeks area has routes that tend to stay dry in a rain and easy-to-set-up top ropes.
(Based on original Description and Getting There from Jonah, 2006)

Getting There 

From the Lower Wall parking, follow the train tracks to the Country area. Walk to the far right of the clearing, near the start of GM (there may be a notice board up) and follow the obvious path uphill to the base of the central wall area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.0 miles from here

73 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',28],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Town Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Town Wall:
The Zipper   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Lower Cheeks
The Brett Thompson and Scott Fuller Memorial Route   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Lovin' Arms   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches   Central Wall Area
Davis-Holland Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Central Wall Area
Heaven's Gate   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
The Crimson Eye    5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Up'er Zipper   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   The Beach
Dana's Arch   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A3     Trad, Sport, Aid, 4 pitches   Dana's Arch Area
Earwax   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Earwax Wall
Golden Road   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   Dana's Arch Area
Gods Bones   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   The Black Sea
Clay   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Lower Cheeks
Black Sea   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   The Black Sea
Echolocation   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Black Sea
Tempituous   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Dana's Arch Area
Dead Reckoning (aka the Terry-Michaels route)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   The Beach
Wildest Dreams   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Dana's Arch Area
Infinite Jest   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Cheeks
Town Crier   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Central Wall Area
A Wisdom that is Woe   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Beach
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Soul on Ice 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Washington : Index : ... : Earwax Wall
Overhung climbing on mostly positive holds leads over a bulge to very continuous micro-edging on the more gradual headwall. Extremely thin at the crux. This is quintessential Index sport climbing: thin, desperate, and requiring an absolute fusion of poise and raw power. Awesome! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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