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Wailing Wall Rock Climbing 

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This is the first amphitheater encountered when accessing the Bright Angel Walls from the approach trail. The amphitheater is east facing and offers good morning sun in the fall and spring, while also offering good afternoon shade in the summer. All day shade chasing is possible here in summer as a few high quality sport climbs actually face west. Winter climbing is not out of the question, just make sure all the ice has been melted before trying to scramble down into this crag.

The climbs here are short, mixed sport and traditional. Some of the climbs have bolted anchors while some use trees. There is decent limestone here with cool fossils and sea shells all around.

Getting There 

From the shuttle bus stop at the beginning of the Hermit's Rest Road, walk west 200 yards along the South Rim Trail until you reach the first switchback. The switchback cuts left, and a small climbers path cuts off of the pavement to the right. Follow this path 50ft until you reach a large flat piont with a boulder on top of it that overlooks the amphitheater to the west (left).

All of the climbs here are accessed from two ledges. To access the upper ledge, find the small cave and downclimb a few moves (4th). To access the lower ledge, scramble down the gully in the middle of the amphitheater (3rd). You can also rappell directly onto the lower ledge from bolts found on the west side of the large flat point with the boulder on top of it that overlooks the amphitheater. Do this with one rope.

This can be a high profile area because the climbs on the upper ledge topout on the popular South Rim Trail. Expect many questions and to be gawked at by tourists.

Climbing Season

For the Northern Arizona area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Wailing Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wailing Wall:
Rip Off   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   
Black Bawl   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: 6 year old Ben checking out the fossils on this co...

Black Bawl 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Wailing Wall
There are two climbs that face west at the Wailing Wall. This climb is the one on the right, and is the easier of the two. Begin by clipping a bolt off the ground right in the middle of a bulge. Pull the bulge by stemming and clip a second bolt. Continue straight up over good holds and clip a third bolt on steep rock. Climb up and to the left passing two more bolts and some fossils on easier rock before reaching the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Wailing Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The south rim.
The south rim.
Rock Climbing Photo: Perfect views of Zoroaster Temple from the Wailing...
Perfect views of Zoroaster Temple from the Wailing...
Rock Climbing Photo: The climb up the streak is Holey Terror .10a
The climb up the streak is Holey Terror .10a
Rock Climbing Photo: This formation on the west side of the Wailing Wal...
This formation on the west side of the Wailing Wal...
Rock Climbing Photo: The large slanted roof as seen from the approach.
The large slanted roof as seen from the approach.

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