Sunday, November 1, 2009

Walk Up Wall - It Ain't No Walk Up

The route to Walk Up Wall is one of the most intense in Red Rock Canyon. It starts at Oak Creek trailhead and follows a hiker made trail into Juniper Canyon. The route ascends through the impossible looking Gunsight Notch and then the real hike begins!

The photo to the left is the main climb to Walk Up Wall. It's steep, exposed, and scary. Luckily, at the top of the climb there's a huge ponderosa that you can use as an anchor. From there the climbing lets up for a bit.

The route then traverses around a shoulder and ascends another steep crack. Here too, a fall would be fatal. It's then easy class 3 to the top. The views from the top of the wall are spectacular. Here's a panorama.

Notes: Eric donated a Tupperware container for the sign-in book at the summit.
History: Debbie Z. and I found this route back in 2003. I named the wall as a mockery; it certainly is not a walk up.