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Routes on Teaching Rock (aka Toprope Wall)
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Routes on Teaching Rock (aka Toprope Wall)

 
Routes on Teaching Rock (aka Toprope Wall)

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W

Object Title: Routes on Teaching Rock (aka Toprope Wall)

Route Type: Toprope

Season: Spring

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: 5.4 to 5.9

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Page By: lisae

Created/Edited: May 11, 2009 / May 21, 2009

Object ID: 513112

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Overview

Teaching Rock (also known as Toprope Wall) is located on the rim of Bear Gulch above the northern part of Moses Spring Wall. There are three easily accessible sets of bolts on top of the wall that provide anchors for the routes on this wall.

Teaching Rock is a pleasant place to climb, with views of Discovery Wall, the Monolith and the area beyond the reservoir. Also, if you climb in the Pinnacles during the summer you have to chase the shade. This wall is shady in the morning, so you can climb these routes before seeking shade elsewhere.

Getting There

From the Bear Gulch Visitors Center, take the High Peaks Trail. After about .3 mile, Rim Trail forks off to the left. Follow Rim Trail until you see Teaching Rock, a rectangular formation with a pine tree in front of it. Take the obvious climbers trail to access the top and anchors.

Teaching Rock
Teaching Rock as seen from Rim Trail

Route Descriptions

The three routes on Teaching Rock are toproped. There are three easily accessible sets of bolts on top of the wall that provide anchors.

If you are looking at Teaching Rock from Rim Trail, the routes are named as follows:

Teaching Right, 5.4. This the obvious shallow chute on the right hand side of the rock. An aside, this route was the first outdoor route I climbed, so it is a sentimental favorite.

Teaching Center, 5.6 to 5.9. There are several variations that can be climbed using the middle anchors. The easiest is to head towards the hole about ten feet left of Teching Right. The hardest varation involves heading straight up and climbing over a bulge.

Teaching Left, 5.9. This route is toproped off north-most set of bolts.


 
Teaching Right
Tim enjoying Teacing Right
Teaching Center, 5.6 to 5.9
Teaching Center
 
Teaching Center, 5.6 to 5.9
Teaching Center
 
Teaching Center, 5.6 to 5.9
Teaching Center
Teaching Left, 5.9
Teaching Left
 
Teaching Left, 5.9
Teaching Left

Essential Gear

Gear to setup topropes.


 
Teaching Rock
Setting up Anchors
Teaching Rock
Brad setting up anchor for Teaching Right
 
Teaching Rock
Tim setting up anchor for Teaching Center

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