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Falling Ross 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
FA: FA: Larry & Beckey Treiber, 1969 FFA (P1): Scott Baxter, Karl Karlstrom, 1973 FFA(P2): David Anderson, Robert Crawford, 1974
Season: Spring or Fall
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Jun 15, 2007
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Falling Ross is an excellent natural line that offers pretty good protection, but some mental edge as well. It may feel quite challenging if you're just stepping up to the grade.

P1: 150 feet, 5.9+
Start just right of the Flying Buttress where it intersects the main wall (same corner as for Coke Bottle). Climb up and right, taking a sort of "stairstep" flake on the right that turns into a crack system. Continue as it goes vertical (rock gets slick!) and make a burly reach to the left. Follow the crack up and to the right, where it angles up to a nice ledge system (Froggy Botttom Ledge). Belay here.

P2: 90 feet, 5.10b
Move left on the ledge about 15' to an incredible looking hand crack running straight up the wall. Climb this crack to the top. There will be some discontinuous crack systems you climb in the last 15 feet or so to the belay. Sweeet! If you can, do this route on a relatively cool day. The crack gets pretty greasy-feeling on hot days and it may feel much harder.

Continue to the top up the brushy ramp behind the route from here. 3rd-4th class. Rope up.


The route starts where the right side of the Flying Buttress meets the main wall (same as for Coke Bottle).


Gear to 2". Doubles probably a good idea.

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Luke in action leading the crux hand crack of Falling Ross on Granite Mountain.
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By ccmski
From: Prescott, AZ
Oct 17, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Double set of cams to #2BD is nice for this route. Upper crack favors smaller hands but the feet are bomber the whole way- good test of crack climbing abilities. Route would get 4 stars if the first pitch was more sustained.

By ldsclimber
From: Queen Creek AZ
Nov 27, 2010

this is not the route you want to do off the couch:) The first pitch was really cool with technical climbing. the second was steep and unrelenting. it was my first route on GM and most certainly not the last.Awesome ROCK!!!

By Bobby Treadwell
From: Prescott, AZ
Sep 22, 2012

second pitch is one of the best butt-cracks I have ever put my hands in!