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News Wall is located on the right side of the Backside of the Main Dome. Using the Echo Canyon trail, it's the first of the four Backside walls that you'll encounter. News Wall is also the smallest of the four with most of the routes under half a rope length. All but two of the climbs require gear, and most have anchors at the top. "Sweat" is one of the best climbs at the grade (5.7) in the park.
News Wall is the shortest walk of any of the Backside walls. Follow the Echo Canyon trail through the Main Dome - Little Dome saddle, down the draw, and through the boulders at the bottom. There is a well used hiking trail that leads out from the boulders, loops to the right (northeast), and continues around the entire dome. Follow the trail to the blue climbers trail and turn right. The trail will deposit you under “Sweat.” There are two climbs immediately right of “Sweat,” while the remaining routes are to the left. There is a climbers trail that runs along the base of the wall and can be used to access the other walls along the Backside.
8 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for News Wall:
Walter Funkite 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 2 pitches, 45'
Sweat 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch
Pro Sweat 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport
Mercy Street 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Sport, 1 pitch
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Sweat 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : News Wall
Sweat is a short, but stellar, crack climb located where the blue climbers trail hits the wall. It is easy to spot as an arching crack that ends at a ledge with a small group of trees. The climb starts out as a fist crack (#3 Camalot), narrows to hands (the best part of the route), and then ends as a finger crack below the anchors. Just below the anchors are two cracks that you can use to get around a large hanging flake. You can either use the anchors at the ledge (bolts with chain li...[more] Browse More Classics in TX
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