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Davidson Wall  

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Another seldom seen waterfall off of the Davidson ...


Named for Arizona hardman, Paul Davidson, this wall is home to a bunch of the hard classic cracks of Paradise Forks. Picture golden brown basalt columns and steep, long, demanding routes. During the summer season, this wall is in shade early in the morning and sun thereafter.

Getting There 

Davidson Wall is on the west-facing canyon wall opposite The Pillow Wall. If you take the trail from the parking lot straight on to the rim, you'll be looking at the Davidson Wall when you hit canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.3 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Davidson Wall:
Queenfolia   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Kingfolia   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Retard's Recess   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Loose Lips   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Torpedo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Bushdoctor   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 90'   
Three Turkeys   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bladerunner   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bushman   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Jane Fonda Workout   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Paradise Lost   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Australians at the Forks   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Watusi   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Bach's Celebration   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Equalizer   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Mike Sokoloff near the top of Bachs Celebration

Bach's Celebration 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13  AZ : Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Bach's Celebration is an awesome route that throws it all at you. A heady start leads to some long stemming moves to a complete rest on a ledge; this is then followed by steep, athletic climbing up face holds and parallel seams. It's quite a bit safer than it's neighbor, The Flake, but somewhat harder.Do the same dicey start (PG13) as for The Flake, but at the stance where you get the good, high #3 Camalot, instead of traversing out right, continue straight up via difficult ste...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Davidson Wall from the Prow.
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By Dean Hoffman
May 17, 2008
Just a question to Paul Davidson or anyone else that knows. Any truth to a tale I heard told that Paradise Lost was originally Davidsons Dihedral and what we call Davidsons now was actually called the "Kiney"(sp?)
By Paul Davidson
Oct 6, 2010
Just noticed Dean's comment (only a couple of years later): You have it mostly right.

Scott found the Forks, thanks to Jim Whitfield, I believe in the summer of '78. Jim was an artist extraordinaire, roommate of Scott's out in Parks and occasional climber. His demons got the best of him sometime around the millenium. RIP Jim.

I believe it was Scott and Ross Hardwick who first went there to climb. They picked out what they thought looked like one of the easier climbs to be able to exit the canyon and called it Girl's Route. When they got on it, they discovered 5.10 climbing. Welcome to the Forks.

Originally the lads (Scott, Larry, Tim, Jim, Ross, Kim, Mike, John, Mark (who am I missing)) called both Paradise Lost and DD, Davidson's Diehedral. That first summer, I was out of town in Tucson and elsewhere being a visting student and climbing bum. They figured I was the only one who could lead the things. Not because I had small fingers but because I had superior footwork. LOL, I'm lying. I had small fingers and the climbs were steep.

After leading DD, I wanted to name it Pillowing but Tim and Larry would have none of that. I finally agreed as long as we named the real gem something else once we finally finished it.

Took me minute to figure out the reference to Kiney. That would have been Keenie, a family name for me after a middle name of Keiner from a grandfather. I don't recall having heard that name before but maybe... (There is a Keenie's Corner in upper oak creek that is quite cherry but probably still awaiting a second ascent. Look for a beautiful corner up high towards the ridge line and north of Dresdoom spire somewhere with one or two drilled baby angles.)

After we did Paradise Lost (I think I wrote some info on the FA over on supertaco), Tim wanted to call it DD. While my ego could probably handle having two corners and a wall named after me, my rational mind couldn't. So, I refused and insisted on PL. PL occurred to me for a few reasons. Chalk marks had just started showing up out here. More and more folks were coming to the Forks, the word was out. It was no longer the beautiful, quiet, private playground we'd had for 5+ years. Also, I was shortly moving to Tucson and finally, Tim had scooped the lead from me. He deserved it because I'd snaked many a lead from him. He was not happy with the name PL. He thought the line (probably the most striking at the Forks) deserved something better. I thought it was a great name considering everything.

When Toula went to publish his guide, '83 or '84 ?, he wanted to drop any mention of Davidson. He preferred to adhere to the USGS naming guidelines that only allow such a thing once a person is dead. Tim Coats apparently was insistent, telling Toula something like, "We've called these things that from the start. You can't change it now." I may have this all wrong. Perhaps one of the Tims will chime in some day.

History 101, as I can recall it.
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