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Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area : Inertia (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: Good to get on this again yesterday, but it reminded me that the top of the first arete is still covered with loose rock that I haven't cleaned off -- there are always dogs around the base that make throwing so much loose stuff off difficult. Climb carefully around this and be aware that your rope may pull stuff off if you let it pile up on the ledge while pulling (i.e. pull to climber's right of the arete).


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area : Up in Smoke (5.11- R)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: Fantastic and sustained climbing up an improbable face! Am even more impressed with Geir developing this ground up with drill on harness and climbing into the unknown. Nice work and thanks for the belay on it yesterday! There is definitely a runout section between the ledge and the upper bolt -- I didn't pause to place a small 0.3 or 0.4 cam that may have helped protect this section as it's quite pumpy climbing. Yes, a bolt would help make that section safer, but given the endurance nature of th... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Penguinland Area
By: arjunmh When: Mar 7, 2014

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Comments: There are currently 13 climbs in Penguin Land, all of them are trad protected. A couple have some supplemental bolts (Walk the Line has 3 bolts and our project, Quail for a While, has 2 bolts). They all protect very well with gear and this sub-area provides an exceptional area for trad climbing in LD rock. I will try to post the routes as soon as possible, but not likely before this weekend.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : Raptor Ridge
By: arjunmh When: Mar 6, 2014

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Comments: Thanks! Sure, that will work -- I was thinking that the annotated photo with the sketch of the route locations overview would be a good one to have on the "main" Raptor Ridge page and then folks will be able to zoom into the 3 specific areas. Am basically working on posting routes from left to right and as I sort through my photos and notes. I will try to edit my description to insert that photo into it. Thanks again.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : Raptor Ridge
By: arjunmh When: Mar 5, 2014

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Comments: Ok, I give up -- the "title" photo for this new area was meant to be the overview photo with sketch map of all the routes. Doesn't seem to work, so just click on the apt photo from the ones below to get the overview.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : Raptor Ridge
By: arjunmh When: Mar 5, 2014

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Comments: Apologies for confusion as I get these routes and maps posted -- seems like I'm running into a few glitches as I navigate the system and deal with editing. BUT, good thing is that when all's said and done there will be 29 routes up and 2 projects (one that we will surely send this Spring, yes, yes..!!). Again, please don't send the projects. Am posting them to help you navigate to the other routes and get a sense of the whole area, not to encourage poaching.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : The Towers
By: arjunmh When: Feb 17, 2014

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Comments: Went back in to get on Fault and Double Fault last weekend and was stymied by the swarming bees that have quite a hive going in the big wide chimney/crack to the right of Double Fault. They've been around in the past, but it seems like they're in major activity mode now. Decided to play it safe and not climb around there. A heads up to anyone going in to Double Fault.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Hallelujah (5.11)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 10, 2014

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Comments: Maybe it was because it was the last climb of a good day, but this sure seemed harder than "The Gods Must Think I'm Crazy", which is not how I remembered them to be! I must be getting "Climbzheimers" according to Laurel.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : The Godís Must Think Iím Cr... (5.11)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 10, 2014

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Comments: Finally got back on this one too and it's terrific. Definitely much easier than originally thought and the added bolts help it climb smoothly and without stress. A great topout to oversee the whole Refuge! Didn't place anything larger than a #1 and may not have even placed that. A few small cams down to a C3 0 certainly would be nice and the 0.5 or 0.75 helps the runout through the crux section.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : You Only Nest Twice (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 10, 2014

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Comments: Finally did this again yesterday and it's nice. Reasonable to do with a single rack to #3, saving the #3 and #2 for up above the bolt rather than in the wide and easy crack below. NOTE that if it weren't for the James Bond theme this would be called "You Only Nest Once" as the nest is on top of a large and loose block. I thought it obvious not to step on or grab the nest and so did not remove either. But, just in case it's not obvious hopefully you read this before climbing thi... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area : Up in Smoke (5.11- R)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 1, 2014

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Comments: Will do this next time I'm there, but a good point is raised -- it's a climb up a face, why not bolt it and call it safe? Not like there's an obvious line on that face, as opposed to the arete, or up a crack. Will let you know what I think after I climb it, though. And, you do the same with "Bladdamir and the Ost" as I am thinking an extra bolt would help that one a lot.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area : Up in Smoke (5.11- R)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 1, 2014

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Comments: DAS and I got to watch Geir work his way up this bold ground up ascent, drill hanging by his harness and using a hook to protect drilling bolt holes in on a vertical face. Impressive indeed! Nice work! BTW, I think you mean "S Face of Proto Pipe." Have got a pic and will post.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hidden Towers : Bladdimir and the Ost (5.10+)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: Did this again last weekend and it is indeed a tricky and hard route. The crux was particularly scary for me (since I'd forgotten what it felt like!) because of how vertical/overhanging it is and how potentially sketchy the rock is. Not for the timid is how I'd describe it. The ideal would be to have 2 black aliens, but I ended up using a long runner and clipping one of the bolts from Hawk n Bladder to protect a particularly runout section. I will likely add a bolt there whenever I get back on t... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon
By: arjunmh When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: This is a beautiful area that I'm very happy to have finally gotten to. Purely by chance as we were heading to my more "normal" haunt down in Lower Devils, and it was a good chance indeed. Have had the mini guide for years, but never gone and checked it out. I navigated from it and had absolutely no difficulty at all -- parked above the Power Sub Station, walked into Diamond Dog, then across to Stormwatch, then up and over to The Amphitheater, then down the creek to Creek Walls and up and out th... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon : Stormwatch Wall : Illegal Dihedral (5.10a)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: Yes, terrific route for sure. My favorite of the 8 we did on my first trip ever to Northern Devils.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon : Diamond dog : The Big Chill (5.11b)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: Sustained and steep crux, but no complicated moves. Some sharp crimpers, but really fun movement overall.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon : Diamond dog : Mixed Beans (5.10b)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: A moderate line with some fun moves until the final headwall, which has crimpy sharp holds and not the clearest line.

FA: Marty Karabin and Ben Smith, 11/08


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon : Diamond dog : Diamond dog (5.11a)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: Crimpy, hard, improbable start that sets up sustained climbing until you pull onto the arete. A sweet little line.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Dacite Conspiracy (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 5, 2014

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Comments: No bees and thanks to whoever put the massive chains and locking biners on the anchors for this. Very nice addition to a very fun climb. In my brother's words (his first time out there), "the climbs just keep getting better and better."


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Psychoactive (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 5, 2014

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Comments: Definitely a pinnacle worth standing on top of! Fun, but short second pitch is worth the simple trad first pitch. A bit of loose stuff, but it'll clean up quickly if more people climb it. Note to self is to bring chains and quick links to replace the worn webbing on the 2 bolt anchor that's on top. Would also be worth adding quick links and biners to the 1st pitch anchor (that's placed vertically, but only has webbing and a rap ring now).


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Mine Area : Upper Looner Land : Harry Tuber's Big "O" (5.10b)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 2, 2014

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Comments: Fun hard moves off the deck using the crack and then into steep, overhanging ground that's well bolted and has great holds. A fun route indeed. 2 instead of 3 stars simply b/c of how sharp the crack is and and how semi-forced the upper part felt, but I may have been tired.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Mine Area : Lower Looner Land : Grasping For Straws (5.10b)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 2, 2014

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Comments: Would agree that this is harder than its posted rating and will also note that it's a hell of a lot nicer line than many in this area. Worth doing for sure!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Mine Area : Lower Looner Land : The Newcomer (5.10a)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 2, 2014

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Comments: Just left of the obvious and wonderfully fun, "Camper Van Beethovan."


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Mine Area : Lower Looner Land : Three Bulges and a Baby (5.10c)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 2, 2014

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Comments: Yeah, what is the harder line to the left of this one? It did indeed feel like an 11, though I'd give it 2 stars as the movement is very cool and the moves are solid. Not on the map and extremely runout to get up to the second bolt. Will say that it's not really runout by old school standards. Silly by new school standards. 3 bolts and nice chain anchor. Shall post when I get photos uploaded. Liked it more than 3 bulges.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Mine Area : Upper Looner Land : James Addiction (5.12a)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 1, 2014

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Comments: Crunchy rock, loose flakes, sharp ledges, ungraceful movement.


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