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Window Rock III (Crag) 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Brian Povolny, Todd Gordon, Carl Granstaf, Steve Prakken, Diane Stang, David Ek, Tom Michael
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Submitted By: toddgordon on May 16, 2007

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Craggin' at Window Rock III. Photo by Todd Gordon.

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Description 

This is a crag with various routes 5.7 to 5.10c. They have names like West Face (5.10b), Diamond Route (5.9), South Edge (5.9+), North Ridge (5.7), Larry the Liar Gets a Friend (5.9+), East Face Right (5.10c)....there may be more....but I doubt it. They are loosely described in Eric's Desert Rock. We climbed here because the climbs were short, the climbs were fun (for us......but they aint' all that......)...we climbed here after work, got together with friends, challenged ourselves, got some exercise, got cuts on our hands/legs/arms,...shreaded our novice climber friends, and all in a very quiet, secluded , beautiful place with NO approach. I'm telling ya;... the climbing aint' too good, but the fun is good. Steve Prakken made it up a few of these climbs;...he's a doctor, a non-climber, and a good sport who was game for anything;....He got top-roped up 5.9 and 5.10 desert cracks;...he got real bloody, and had a bloody good time as well. We "discovered" this climbing area while scouting out rock formations from an airplane! There are dirt roads all over the place, some cool Anasazi cave ruins, arches, and windows, a few spires, ...all sorts of cool stuff to explore. This area is hidden from the main road by a big dirt mesa;....but it's fairly easy to get to, once you figure it out. Worth a visit;....if even just to satisfy a curiousity and check out a cool area.

Location 

North of the main road between Many Farms and Chinle, Ariz.

Protection 

Cams/slings... Free climbing stuff. All climbs you need to rap off, I believe. There are other climbs to do here....we just did a few and then moved on....


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Brian Povolny and Steve Prakken. Photo by Todd Gor...
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Window Rock III. Photo by Todd Gordon.
Window Rock III. Photo by Todd Gordon.
Brian Povolny and Steve Prakken. Photo by Todd Gor...
Brian Povolny and Steve Prakken. Photo by Todd Gor...
Window Rock III Crag.  Photo; Todd Gordon Collecti...
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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 16, 2007

We were the only climbers to ever climb here...or so we believed. Once these climbs got in Desert Rock, I guess a few others were curious, and visited this out of the way area. There was one spire which we were saving to do;...we even named it "The Rocket Ship"
...it was really cool and looked like a rocketship. We never did it when we lived on the Res, but on a visiting trip back, we went back to take a look again at this formation;...someone had climbed the damn thing!....we snooze;..we loose......Oh well;...another missed opportunity;...I would like to have info on this, if anyone has info.....it wasn't El Cap, but it looked like fun, and it was an unclimbed spire.