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Upper Oak Creek Canyon  

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The upper right side of Oak Creek Canyon contains a number of remote, high quality routes. Although this is a continuation of the Eagle Wall area to its right, the approach and character of this area are different. The angle is not as steep, yielding much more moderate climbing. The descents are easy and the rock sunny. Large pine trees and running water give this area an alpine feel. The Celebration wall is the varnished slab on the left and the Ski Tracks, diagonal cracks cutting through unvarnished rock, marks the right edge of this area.

Getting There 

Approach by following the drainage up past Solar Slab, Black Orpheus, and finally the cairns marking the approach to Levitation 29. Stay generally in the drainage, toiling over the boulders and through the brambles. You can save a little time by escaping to the south (left) side of the gully for a while a bit past the turnoff to Levitation but no matter how you do this it's a long haul. The approach is 2 hours or longer, depending on conditions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.1 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Oak Creek Canyon:
Catwalk   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Coltrane   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   
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Tobey Carman leading the first pitch.

Coltrane 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NV : Red Rock : ... : Upper Oak Creek Canyon
Pitch 1: Climb up and past the first three bolts on the smooth face, then a couple of moves up right through a more featured area, clip another bolt and climb up to a petite horizontal roof break below a smooth, featureless face. Clip a bolt, and then climb up slightly left, then back up to the right, following weaknesses. Clip the last bolt on the pitch and climb up to a shallow right facing corner left of a small ledge with a boulder (and a dubious faded rappel sling). Belay stance takes s...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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Rocks frozen in the creek.
Rocks frozen in the creek.
Cactus Flower Tower and Mt. Wilson.
Cactus Flower Tower and Mt. Wilson.

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
Apr 20, 2010
Might this MP page be better titled "Celebration Wall" since all these routes are just on one crag?
And, are the Ski Tracks referring to Catwalk and Underhanging Overhang or something else? Just curious.
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