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Inner Passage, AZ
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Inner Passage, AZ 
Inner Passage, AZ
 
Hike & Climb avatar May 27 2019
GrottoGirl
Hike & Climb6.26 Miles 1,533 AEG
Hike & Climb6.26 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.50 mph
1,533 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
Solo III  • Trad • 5.6 Excellent
 
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Memorial Day in Marble Canyon had a rain forecast so I choose to head home after a long day in North Canyon and join a trip to the Inner Passage the next day.

The Inner Passage is a fun hike & climb in the Stronghold. This route is probably more of a caving route than climbing route. Gear I used: approach shoes, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and tiny summit pack. Those not familiar with stemming might want to have a belay in sections. Our group was all cavers so we each soloed the full route.

We followed a hiking route up to the Rockfellow Dome then found the route into the belly of the Dome. The first pitch might be the most mental, supposedly a 5.3. If you are a caver or canyoneer used to stemming then it’s relatively easily done.

Once up you get to enter the main passage a crack in the belly of the Dome. It’s a pretty crack, which is too narrow to walk in. The lighting is wonderful for pictures. We worked our way along the crack going up about 10 ft off the deck to get over a chockstone. Maybe this is why they call it a 5.6? We then took the elevator (haha) down to the floor to continue on into the Passage. We worked our way down to the other side and hung out enjoying the views on rocks outside the Passage.

We had to return to the beginning of the Passage to collect stashed gear. Two of our party went back through the crack. The rest of us hike around scrambling along the tops of boulders and crawling underneath them. So much fun for an afternoon trip!
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