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This is the orange and black streaked wall you can see driving in when you are at the second gate. This wall curves from east facing to south facing. The area called Tufa City starts more or less near the apex of the curve. The rock is good and the Tufa routes are fun. Climb fall to spring and later if you love the heat. The afternoon is a good time to be on this wall unless it is cold.
Hike up the wash and turn left at the cairn to Slate Nation. Continue up trail past gully that separates Slate Nation from Finland. This gully is used if you approach Finland via the ridge trail. This trail starts about 100 feet from the parking area and branches left. It is a scenic hike but it takes a few minutes to get the legs working. There is also supposed to be a spot above Finland where you can rap in. Continue past the gully to find it. Dropping down the gully was easy enough. Climbing up the gully at the end of a day is work but the hike down is great.
Do not climb on tufas after a big rain or if the wall appears wet!
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John's Meat Market (aka: Fred's Line) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Ground Affects 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 35'
Tufa-one 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Canned Heat 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 60'
Rain Day 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Fred's Route 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 50'
Tufa Yard Dash 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Couples Fear Factor 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 45'
Grip It And Rip It 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport, 35'
Millenium Meltdown 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 40'
Micro Burst 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 65'
Calcite Cruiser 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Black Sunshine 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Way 'Stead 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Solar Delirium 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Flying Cocksman 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 45'
Tufa Tussle 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 80'
La Linea Negra 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Dead Sea 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Sun Burst 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Way 'Stead 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Tufa City
Fun and hard tufa pulling. The first twenty feet are nothing special, but the following thirty feet are great. Really fun movement over cool features. Crux is at the top.Unfortunately, the last bolt is in a less than favorable spot. I would have placed the bolt closer to the clipping stance, but the rock was very hollow sounding when tapping it with my hammer. I even went as far as to drill a hole where I wanted the bolt and got nothing but dust, no rock. I placed it in the closest solid s...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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