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Kelly Bell Drilling The Stand on the Bovine Wall



A collection of Rhyolite spires and walls cover the area around the saddle on the peralta trail. There is a lifetimes worth of potential there but the bolting ban has put the brake on most development. Most of the routes went up between 1987 and 1990. Expect some run out and a lack of top anchors which is mostly an inconvenience as there is usually a horn to sling or some way down. The rock quality is generally excellent and not what you think of when you think of the supes. There is an unpublished guide that's out there but I think the best way is to wander around the area and pick out lines that look good. There is also a lot of trad opportunity to be had. Almost guaranteed you will have the crag to yourself if you go. Great views and a large variety of routes.

Getting There 

Hike on the peralta trailhead toward the saddle for about 45 minutes until about 1/4 mile from the saddle. Look for a house sized rock directly in front of you on the trail. If you look up from the trail to your left in front of that rock you be looking at zonerland. hike on the trail until just past the rock through some bare stone. This is where the peralta trail diverges right in the canyon on it's way up to the saddle. You won't go that way but will go around the back of the house sized rock then angle left and up the hill into an ampitheatre of rock that is zonerland. You will be surrounded by 30-90 foot rock walls and walking on rock en route. If you continue past zonerland further up the hill you will encounter the ridge routes and over the ridge Smelser canyon and more routes splattered all around. Pick a line but consider runout/deck potential before you leave the ground.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.3 miles from here

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Unfortunately, this is the one crappy shot I got of this stellar line.  But it was snowing on me earlier that day up there, and I was still suffering in cutting, freezing winds standing in the shade at the bottom, so cut me some ssslack, maaannn!    <br /> <br />March 2008

Tone of a Bell 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Zonerland
Long and awesome. First half is somewhat thin. First crux lies in a left-angling traverse after 3rd bolt to a rest ledge. Feels a bit scary. Second crux comes almost directly after this ledge on some suddenly muy vertical rock. Small pockets for fingers but very thin for feet. Pull through and cruise to the top. Rap off. Jump up and down and give your belayer a cupcake for good measure. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Kelly Bell on the 1st ascent of Zoner Highway
Kelly Bell on the 1st ascent of Zoner Highway
My man Drew Marquardt belaying on L. Ron Hoover 5.10c/d after we added two bolts to the start.  Behind him on top of Billy Idol Tower are Carter and Lucas.
My man Drew Marquardt belaying on L. Ron Hoover 5....
Carter nearly finished with one of the runouts on Billy Idol 5.10 and Lucas belaying in the shade.
Carter nearly finished with one of the runouts on ...
Kelly Bell on White Rabbit
Kelly Bell on White Rabbit
Ran across this today in the latest issue of Rock and Ice (#172).
Ran across this today in the latest issue of Rock ...
Here's a picture of zonerland as taken from the trail standing just before the large boulder. The maze of rock above contains tone of the bell and other established lines both trad and sport, keep going uphill and you will encounter a confusing pathway of rock with many intermittent climbs.
BETA PHOTO: Here's a picture of zonerland as taken from the tr...

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By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Mar 16, 2009
Some of the routes have been rebolted making them safer and more fun. Still, I'd recommend a light rack for some routes. I'd forgotten how nice the area was. Great to be back and see old friends.
By KevinD
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Jul 19, 2014
Anyone have a topo for this area?