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The Gateway, Whining Dog, and NPR Walls

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The Gateway, Whining Dog, and NPR Walls  

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.1155, -111.5867 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Aug 16, 2008
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The Whining Dog, Gateway, and NRR walls offer some fine limestone bouldering, on very solid, well featured stone. The walls are right next to each other, with the Whining Dog wall providing the warmups for the NPR wall. These two walls will deliver quality moves, on great holds, with the grades ranging from v-easy to v5/6ish. With mostly good landings, and a short uphill approach, these seldom visited walls should give you semblance of solitude, as well as, a workout.

Getting There 

Just before Lower Lake Mary (and just past the store) look for the last dirt road on the left (north)and turn in there. It will soon T. Turn left and drive maybe 300 feet until you see an obvious drainage on the right. Park here.

Hike uphill along elk trails staying right of the drainage. When you encounter the main cliff band, there will be a well worked in trail. Follow this right for a minute until you come across the Blue Collar wall. The NPR wall is the next wall Right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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No News is Good News starts on the slopey pocket jug on the seam right of Morning Edition. From that hold work your way up to a slopey crimp rail. From there, move up to a sharp vertical pocket pinch. Always moving up and slightly right, with an insecure heal hook move up into a tight two finger with the right, and slopey butter dish just aside the pocket... These holds are very close together and constitute a match really. Up to the top from there. Very cool moves on this one. Kinda trick...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Albert Newman
Sep 11, 2008
Dave Gershwin and Jeff Ludwig showed me these walls about a year after Rob Drysdale died, sometime in 1993, we were calling one of these "The Whining Dog Wall".
By jon bernhard
From: buena vista, co
Dec 3, 2010
many of the routes on this wall were named; stich in time, long riders, pinch overhang,

long live the spirit of Robert Drysdale.
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 3, 2010
Hey guys,

I am always up for a history lesson, and making things right, rest assured. Even if it all comes down to fuzzy recollections in the end.

Personally, I find this whole band of limestone intriguing, stunning, and sometimes mind boggling. And, I have for the last thirteen years or so...

It certainly presents a myriad of challenges.

Really, I am just trying to entice people to check it out, because if they do, there is a 50/50 chance that they will love it. And the way I feel about it, I think Rob would love to see the sports action, in a place that he left so much of his energy and promise!

I have had visions of a "Drysdale Trail" that would link this whole band as one, and really unearth the wealth of climbing that (in my minds eye), I know Rob was thinking about...... Kindred spirits. JJ

By jon bernhard
From: buena vista, co
Dec 6, 2010

Someday this spring I would love to cruise through flag and spend a day hitting the "drysdale trail".

It would be great to see what folks are up to and tick some old problems.
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 6, 2010
Spring is a great time to be there cause it dries up faster than most, and the temps are still good... Looking forward to it. Just let me know.
By Jeff Ludwig
From: phoenix, Az
Mar 17, 2011
Jeremy, the picture posted here is indeed the whining dog wall. I am glad it has not fallen into obscurity and new climbers discovered it. Its a classic wall. Dave Gershwin and I devoloped it in the mid nineties. Along with the booze pig and long ryders wall, developed by drysdale, the lake Mary limestone bands hold much promise still.
By Jeff Ludwig
From: phoenix, Az
Mar 20, 2011
For all of you lake Mary boulderer's, check out the cliffs above lakeview campground for some nice basalt pockets. Bad landings tho.
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