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West Kelly Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
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Submitted By: J. Snyder on Jul 14, 2012
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Andrew R. on an early attempt of Human Wasteland

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The beautiful less explored neighbor of East Kelly Canyon. West Kelly Canyon offers quiet and diverse bouldering on the white Coconino Sandstone of Northern Arizona. Known for its incredible setting, W. Kelly is different from its sister because of its lesser known, taller and cleaner lines. Expect to explore for problems as well as bring extra pads for the tall, and at times scary test-pieces.

Please help keep this area pristine. Pack out yours and others trash.

As always do not climb after rain or snow. Allow 2-3 days to preserve the quality of the rock.

Getting There 

Drive South of Flagstaff on the 89A. Turn East onto FS Road 237. Drive for less than 1 mile until topography suggests you are near Pumphouse Wash. Follow any number of trails down to Pumphouse Wash. West Kelly Canyon is the obvious drainage that heads East from Pumphouse. Happy Exploring.

Climbing Season

For the Kelly Canyon area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Kelly Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Kelly Canyon:
Jack and the Beanstock   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 20'   Water Front Area
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Featured Route For West Kelly Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Ryder wasting no time on Human Wasteland V6...

Human Wasteland V6+ 7A Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Water Front Area
Human Wasteland is a must do area testpiece! Named after the obvious destruction of the area Human Wasteland was the first tried line at West Kelly. Human Wasteland climbs the tallest and proudest feature in the area. Start on sloping angled crimps climb through series of big moves on good holds. Rest before the upper overhung head wall and commit to big moves on worsening holds. Be prepared for the desperate and committing final crux move to the topout. Highball testpiece, no joke....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 14, 2012
Video featuring climbs in West Kelly Canyon as well as East Kelly Canyon
By Jeff Peabody
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 31, 2012
Video for Human Wasteland, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Morphine for Breakfast

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