Due to liability concerns, the AAA Walls are currently closed. Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition and the Access Fund are working to find a solution with the private landowner. Please respect the closure and stay tuned for updates.
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This is a great sport climbing crag with really easy access and a great assortment of climbs from 5.7 to 5.12a/b. This area is broken into two crags one on the right of the scree field (harder side) and the other on the left of the scree field (easier warm-up side). This area was bolted by Liz and Paul Peppin sometime in the last 5 to 6 years and they are constantly bolting new routes for the people of the U.P to climb. This area can be overrun sometimes in the summer due to the summer camp in the area which uses this crag as a climbing area for it's campers. Camping is Free! and there is a town (Big Bay) about 10 minutes down the road with a great down to earth tavern (The Lumberjack) which has great pizza and a pool table. Also there is a gas station and liquor store for your overnight needs. All in all the AAA wall is an amazing sport climbing area with a diverse variety of climbs and great access. Please tread lightly and pack out whatever you packed in....Enjoy....
Head North on 550 toward Big Bay.
Take a left on county road 510 which is a dirt road just before the town of Big Bay.
Take 510 until you reach a yellow truck crossing sign that has Scott spray painted over the word Truck. You should also see a AAA spray painted on a tree to your right take a right on this road called the AAA road.
Take the AAA road until you reach a fork take the right fork which is the hairier of the two roads.
Take this road until another fork and go left the crag will be a few hundred feet past the fork on your right you can't miss it.
Take County Rd 550 North out of Marquette until you hit County Rd 510. (22 miles) Take a left on County Rd 510 and it is 3.1 miles to AAA Rd. Take a right on AAA Rd for 1.2 miles until a fork. Take a right at this 1st fork and go .3 miles until a 2nd fork, stay right (on the left you will pass a locked gate) You will immediately come to a 3rd fork, go left, and you will see the crag on your right. Pull up to the right and park where the rock becomes parallel to the road and you'll be looking at Carbo Boy area which is climber's right of the scree.
The road off of AAA Rd is very sandy, but good enough for even small cars to get through. There is also logging activity along the road, but I wasn't hassled at all.
There are 9 Sport Routes total as of 05/2012. These are my opinions on grades relative to each other. I did not climb Protein Boy or Finger Licken/Satan's Camaro, but I just wanted to try and put all the info together in one place because it was a little confusing. I'm assuming there are some top roping opportunities around the corner from Flying Gumbies, but I did not inspect this.
From left to right
Left of the Scree:
Rope Dragger or Trad 30ft (Trad) Greg's Sonic Boom 5.7 3 Bolts 30ft Gobble Gobble 5.8 4 Bolts 35ft Unnamed? Trad line 35ft (Trad) Unnamed? 5.9+ 3 Bolts 30ft
Right of the Scree:
Fine Wine 5.10a 5 Bolts 45ft Cheese and Crackers 5.7 5 Bolts 50ft Carbo Boy 5.10d 5 bolts 40ft Protein Boy 5.11a 5 bolts 40 ft Finger Licken (also named) Satan's Camaro 5.11d/5.12 5 bolts 40ft Flying Gumbies 5.10c 5 bolts 40ft