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The Hand probably gets more ascents in a given year than any other formation in the Superstitions (that requires technical climbing). The amazing thing is that climbing this beautiful, soaring fin of volcanic wonder is relatively easy, albeit exposed.
There are several routes on The Hand, put up by some of the pioneers of Phoenix rock climbing, including Bill Forrest and Bill Sewery. Only one of the routes (Razor's Edge) gets done with any regularity as far as I know.
The Hand is the northernmost fin of rock just off the nortwest corner of the Superstitions west-facing massif (see the Superstitions front page for picture). Once you hike over the hillside and east, you can't miss the hand on the left. Big (relatively skinny) fin of rock.
Weather station 11.3 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in The Hand
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Hand:
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Razor's Edge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : The Hand
People who climb the Razor's Edge route sometimes don't even know that's it's name. More likely than not, they'll just say they climbed The Hand. This route is synonymous with the formation and probably accounts for 98%-plus of the ascents here.1) Climb gully, stepping up and left at it's top to gain the top of a small buttress where you'll find a fixed anchor.2) Climb up slope on the fin clipping bolts to gain Chicken Ledge at the top (fixed anchor). Lots of climbers try to cross the last very ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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