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Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Flatiron : Field of Dreams (5.10c/d)
By: arjunmh When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Pretty darn amazing climb and day up there! Unreal that I haven't done this before. Oh well, I'll blame it on the dog not wanting to hike all the way up there...

Agree with Tim on his post. The hike is what it is - 3 miles and 3000 ft of elevation gain. Take it or leave it. We treated it as a bonus workout for the day and definitely a really nice one. Certainly gives me perspective on the Granite Mountain approach and helps explain why every crack system on that really super quality rock cliff ... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Green Savior (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Dec 9, 2015

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Comments: If you don't like unprotected chimney (like me), then heed Bill Cramer's advice and bring the wide gear! We were very happy to have both the #4 and the #6 (got walked delightfully up one of the chimney sections and used appreciatively elsewhere). Now I understand why people wear knee pads! A great route and the Crisco variation is a good way to go. I imagine the "hardness" factor depends on how comfortable/good you are with off width and chimney. Was just what we expected with the Cr... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Lower Devil's East (LDE)
By: arjunmh When: Dec 6, 2015

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Comments: Just went back into LDE via the eastern approach road and trail. The dirt road is 6.5 miles from the pavement to the parking "pad" and is in worse condition that before such that it took 30-40 min of conservative driving. Subaru still a maybe (I haven't driven one on such terrain). Interesting change right off of rt. 60 is that it's under some degree of construction such that they took out the cattle guard and there's now a openable fence gate that you have to untie and close back up. The trail ... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Adios Larry (5.10b PG13)
By: arjunmh When: Dec 5, 2015

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Comments: Most excellent climb indeed! Single enduro pitch is definitely the way to go. The tat on the top anchors needs clearing (I didn't have a knife yesterday) and we chose to walk over to the anchors for "Sublime Line" rather than use the rotten sling/chord. I agree that moving the anchors, adding new rap anchors down off the top, or adding lengths of chain to the existing ones is a must do for this fantastic route. I'll make a note if I manage to do it.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area : Inertia (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Dec 5, 2015

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Comments: Pulled the loose rock off the top of the first arete. The dust should wash off with the next storm. Definitely a fun climb, especially if you stay on the arete for as much of it as possible. Now that the rubble is off it's in much better condition.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Three Amigos (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 23, 2015

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Comments: Nice new looking sport anchors installed on this -- thanks to whoever did that! The kind that you can clip the rope into and lower right off.

Would bring a wrench and tighten down the bolts a bit, though!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Are We Smokin The Same Stuf... (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 23, 2015

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Comments: Nice new looking sport anchors installed on this -- thanks to whoever did that! The kind that you can clip the rope into and lower right off.

Would bring a wrench and tighten down the bolts a bit, though!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Damsels in Distress (5.10b/c PG13)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 23, 2015

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Comments: So great to get back on this incredible climb after many a year -- it remains one of my favorites for the area!

Even with my "cool head" I was happy to have a couple supplemental pieces: one for below the first bolt and another small one for up higher.

Some wise soul put in a second bolt to create a hanging rap station such that this can be rapped with a single line (60 m no problem). But this wise soul used a 1/2" bolt and rigged a 3/8" hanger on top of the rap anchor as a very odd way to ri... more >>


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : *Sedona Area : Oak Creek Village : Oak Creek Spire Area : ... : North Face/West Crack (5.9+)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 23, 2015

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Comments: Very cool climb!
The webbing and cordalette on top of the pillar in the middle of p. 2 are in decent shape and so doing the route with ONE 60m ROPE is just fine. We hauled in 2 ropes, left the second at the base of the p. 2 and didn't use it as the pull from the intermediate station seemed fine. So, yes, I would definitely endorse a bolted rap anchor at this wonderful belay ledge. Breaking up p. 2 means hauling less gear in and only having one rope, all of which makes the hike in mellower!!
Gre... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Cat's Pajamas (5.8+)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: I thought the first pitch was terrific and so unlike anything else I've done so far on GM. Thought provoking and tricky, was way fun. Second pitch is also special and quite different as the stellar hand jamming is complemented by great face features and even some chicken-heady stuff. Had done the Hotline link up a few weeks ago and so was good to do this pitch again as part of its original line. Last pitch does has some bad exfoliation sheets to start, but is fun with a nice clean finger crack i... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Right Section : Falling Ross (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 14, 2015

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Comments: Sweet climb!
A few small nuts and triples of the medium sizes would make the first pitch feel more secure. Moves aren't hard or sustained, but they're tricky and exposed. Second pitch is stellar!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : The Slammer Jam (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Oct 3, 2015

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Comments: Greg, those are fascinating notes on this route -- I'd love to see the whole thing. Could you send it via DropBox or something? It's really a great link up -- we did the first pitch of Crack Lovers to the tree, then linked the 2nd of Crack Lovers with the first of Slammer. 2nd pitch of Slammer was the tough one (in our opinion it was harder than the last pitch with the roof) and then the exit out what Cramer's guide calls the 3rd (last) pitch of Slammer and what these comments and your doc sugge... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : The Hotline (aka Hiccup Del... (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Oct 3, 2015

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Comments: Spectacular link up!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Magnolia Thunderpussy (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: What a fantastic climb! Doesn't matter what it's rated -- Even with all the chatter on this page about it's grade, I was delighted to find it even harder than what I was expecting. Ha, good fun! Also, the flake chimney move is full value all the way. Also, I found leading up through the last pitch to be spectacular and oh so mysterious feeling, given the lack of "oohing and aaahing" about it here. Led the first pitch cleanly on sight and have done many a classic old school 5.9 that didn't make ... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Kingpin (5.10 PG13)
By: arjunmh When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: A most excellent route indeed! Great idea to link p1 with 2 (will have to try next time!) and the bats stayed put above the bolts (though they're still there). 3 bolts, 2 are good, didn't have a knife to remove the tat. The falcon poop at the start of the last pitch is the only "hindrance" now, but at least they're in great shape and not offended at all by us climbing up there. In fact, one landed on the ledge about 20 feet below me at the top just to say hello and not even yell and scream. Very... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain
By: arjunmh When: Jul 24, 2015

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Comments: Birds are in good shape and happy to see climbers back on the wall. Trail and vegetation are not, however. The rains have not served the trail well and the veg is out of control. Post-fire underbrush that makes is hard to get anywhere around the base of the cliff. Unfortunate as the rock has survived another closure and is as stellar as ever! Bring your clippers, try to stay on the "established" trail and hopefully it'll all be navigable soon. Ideas for how to make the trail worthy of the climbi... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon
By: arjunmh When: May 30, 2015

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Comments: Read, absorb, write letters and pass on:

nytimes.com/2015/05/29/opinion...

Evil bastards (but we already knew this).


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Easter Island Head
By: arjunmh When: Apr 12, 2015

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Comments: Sorry, haven't posted them yet! Will get to it as soon as DAS get back on them and decide on ratings and names. For now we're calling them "Roofs R Us" 1, 2 & 3. And, I don't recall what our working ratings were. Sometime soon, maybe, hopefully, we shall see...


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

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Comments: Like DAS wrote 2 years ago November, "hoot, the season's open" (but, I'm staying out of the sun for a while yet, ooof!). LOTS of trail work to be done to get this area back in order -- the rains have brought much revegetation after the fires and, of course, wiped out much of our old trail work.

Whoever that Norther Devils trail worker was sure would be appreciated down here, hee hee! Trails lined with rocks and the like, wow. Anyway, hopefully we'll revive the trails. In the meantime, the road... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon
By: arjunmh When: Oct 6, 2014

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Comments: Road's in the best shape that I've seen it in for years. Not sure why as the mine isn't drilling again, and the road up the Refuge hasn't been touched, but the switchbacks are easily navigable in 4 WD high. Still loose and rocky, obviously, but not like the damage I was expecting after these last big storms. We were the only souls down there and it was blissful!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - North : Delayed Gratification (5.10c)
By: arjunmh When: Sep 21, 2014

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Comments: This is a good climb. The bottom section, shared with "White Punks on Dope" is an interesting trad section for Iso and I had the same reaction to the first bolt as Roman did -- except, I don't have his reach and so getting that bolt clipped was quite a stretch! Granted, was the end of a good day and so perhaps the tricky face moves seemed harder than they needed to be -- would still rate this solid 10 or 10+ for Iso and the 2 stars rather than 3 is for the chunky lower trad section. Nice additio... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - South : Photo
By: arjunmh When: Jun 19, 2014

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Comments: It's looking right at "Transmission" on the Main Wall - north, Isolation Canyon.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - Center : Euphoric Recall (5.10c/d)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: Finally got on this one too -- what an awkward and stout start! The stemming aspect of the start didn't really work for me and I was very happy to have a #5 to shove in the wide crack before pulling up and over the roof. But, I do agree that this is a climb well worth doing and that the lower section is terrific. It does get chunky and a bit loose up higher as the difficulty eases off. Crazy start and be sure you've got your #1 (red) BD Camalot placed well for it!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - Center : Snake in a Tree (5.11a)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 17, 2014

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Comments: Nesting swallows in the upper crack. STAY OFF. June 15, 2014.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - Center : The Gambler (5.10a/b)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 17, 2014

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Comments: Finally got on this route and it's WAY better than it looks and I expected. Definitely recommend!! A bit airy and runout through the chimney, but not too bad for the grade.


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