Climbed with the wife. At fun, short adventure. I gained the summit with a less than graceful move over the final hand jam. Careful on the fragile sandstone as any falling rock could put people below in danger.
Cool area swarming with hundreds of tourons. Climbed the 5.8 pitch to the summit after bagging Courthouse Butte.
A couple of tricky moves, but the pro was good. Do it on a weekday or have 4,389 tourists gawking at you!
I have been on this rock twice although never to the top. just hiked up peacefully pretty high walked around and such. never felt the vortex but a pretty place none the less
Well, I recently got a trad rack built up, and we decided to go climbing in Sedona. Most of the Sedona climbs are above the grade that I climb, so we decided to go for Bell Rock. We got to the lot by 11 and hiked up, passing a couple REALLy slow mountain bikes. We scrambled up the chute, which had a little ice in it. We roped up for the very last bit of the gully. Then we walked around the corner with the gear and had a break. Thomas started his lead on the last pitch, and it took him a long time. At the end, the rope drag was so great that he had a tough time belaying me...he should have used more runners. I started climbing double roped, using the second rope to double belay myself with an ascender. It became tough and I used the ascender and a BD ATC Guide as a foot ascender. It started getting dark and we didn't have any lights, so we rappelled off and I never topped out. We set a rappel on a tree and tried to rappel in the dark. we did, but the ropes did not pull out; they were caught on a crack. We downclimbed without lights, using car headlights from drivers on the nearby road and my camera with flash as our only light source. Thomas lost his wallet and I lost my ropes, so we came back the next day and got them. Got the ropes and found Thomas' wallet in a bush below a 10 foot drop I fell off. Cursed Sedona Climbing!!!
Used to take this trail on my haro for an easy ride, it also connects to a few other more technical trails for mountain biking. Great place for family hikes; kids love to climb up on the "bell" I have not taken the summit route.
got really close to top. didn't climb summit block.
Rang the bell on New Year's Day after watching the sun rise over it from my bed at a local B&B. Couldn't figure out how to summit, but got fairly high up. Later that day, a local told me he could tell that I'd been to the Bell since I had "vibes from the vortex". Wondered if I really had vortex vibes or if Sedona guys just say that kind of stuff to gullible tourists like me.
Climbed w/ my friend Andy. We were in Sedona for the week working at a local soccer camp. The "new age" folk mentioned some weird feeling or vortex when you summit Bell Rock ... I felt NOTHING ... but wind. Great views.
The true summit is a very exposed, technical climb and not for "scramblers" such as I. It is realitivly easy to get within 50 feet of it but prudence stops you there. From the roadside "chute" there are many class 4 routes to choose on your own ability to keep a scrambler very intruiged indeed. The lower reaches of the chute have 3 or so "4" spots until you reach the upper narrowest slickrock where you have to decide between the left "chimney" or the right exposed "4" scramble with many options. I always choose the right near vertical crack up with an overhang to go under. It does not seem near vertical until you have to come back down it. Once up the chute there is a fine view from the peak to your right. Follow the ridge to the right and scramble carefully up the left. There is a small flat with a very exposed "step-over" to an obvious few feet to the top. Note the rock bolt set in the stone for rapelling. From this flat south peak you will see Courthouse Butte to the east and Capitol Butte in the distance to the northwest. From here, go back to the ridge and explore the other 2 flat tops below the true summit. This climb is best done in early May and early in the morning for the best light and shade. Take at least a litre of water and plenty of camera memories!
Climed up to the top ridge. There are 3 points thats easely reached. I done all of them. If I had ropes I would like to climb to the summit. Simply amazing view on top. even though its a small summit its very exiting to climb. The sheerness on the backside of it is increadible. I wish I had my camera.