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Atheist Childhood 
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Joy of Heresy 
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Last Starfighter, The 
Ocean of Terror 
Unsubstantiated Propaganda 

The Ark 

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this massive freestanding "boulder" is easily recognized as there is nothing else quite like it around. Shady most of the day with noon to dusk being the best (if its chilly outside expect to it to be more so here). rock quality is good with areas of choss (nothing big though just small pebbles and rock dust).

Getting There 

upon getting to the Mecca follow the right "trail" (goes through the boulder field) staying on the inside of the fin.

9 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Ark:
Shaared   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Atheist Childhood   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 85'   
Joy of Heresy   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Unsubstantiated Propaganda   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Bazooka Face   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
The Last Starfighter   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
July Jihad   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
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July Jihad 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b  WY : Ten Sleep Canyon : ... : The Ark
Easy climbing up the right facing flake on the right side of the ark, leads to a traverse on rusted iron color pockets up to a cool undercling. Blast up and over the roof here, making a hard move before the next bolt. Save some juice for 3 more bolts to the chains on thin pockets and crimps....[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Aug 12, 2011

This place had the best climbing I did in 4 days at tensleep. If you go to tensleep... go here!

By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Aug 17, 2011

I hate to be negative, but his was my least favorite wall that I visited in Ten Sleep. The lines are fun but the rock is chossier and dirtier than other areas, resembling mud more than amazing dolomite. In addition some of the holds seemed a bit questionable making this less of a destination than Slavery Wall, Supererratic, and FCR.

By David Hodges
From: Parker, Colorado
Aug 17, 2011

I'm with Phil. DTP, I agree that it could be considered a bit dirtier I think that's just because people avoid the confusing hike back there. The Joy of Heresy and Last Starfighter are 2 of the most elegant lines I have done period. We were the only party out there on a Saturday last summer, it has such a different feel than the rest of the canyon.

By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Sep 15, 2012

The rock might look kind of chossy but it feels bomber to me. Absolutely worth the hike to get away from folks on the weekend--the formation is really cool looking and the routes are very aesthetic, imo. They have good movement to back up their looks, as well!