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Smoke Hole: Long Branch and Guide Walls

by Mike Gray & Tyrel Johnson

The crags that sit on either side of Long Branch, two miles downstream from Shreve’s little store in the heart of Smoke Hole Canyon, offer a little bit of everything.

Hidden behind a screen of trees and perched high on the ridge, the Guide Walls’ southern end was dubbed The Sunshine Wall for good reason; these stellar climbs bake in the sun for most of the day, through most of the year. The OG Corner offers a sampling of adventurous trad and the east-facing Ninja Walls offer sport climbing in morning sun and afternoon shade.

Across the creek, the towering buttress of Long Branch offers plenty of room to spread out and enjoy long technical clip ups, short burly pumpfests, a handful of moderates and another of trad lines.

Although the road is a bit bumpy, dusty and blessed with more than its share of potholes, the crags of Long Branch and the Guide Walls offer climbers a chance to sample some of the best climbing the Canyon has to offer, less than an hour from hot food, showers and all the comforts of modern life.

Sectors in alphabetical order:

Area Info4 climbs
Downstream1 climbs in 1 sectors
Guide Walls52 climbs in 3 sectors
Long Branch37 climbs in 6 sectors


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