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Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Sullivan's Canyon : Lower Sullivan's : ... : Easy Option (5.10a)
By: arjunmh When: 4 days ago

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Comments: This was an absolute blast of a climb! Doubles of #2 and #3 were helpful, plus a #4. Sweet line and long compared to others.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : McDowell Mountains : Sven Towers : ... : Spinal Tap (5.8+)
By: arjunmh When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: A fun step across. I suspect that the original way this was climbed was up from the gully judging from the placement of the old pitons. Have done it both ways now and it's definitely more fun and sustained to climb the slab as though you're going to do Ergone and then cut right to the arete and the step across. The gully approach is more logical, but simpler. Cool old pitons to see. Imagine climbing it with just those and maybe a couple 2x4s!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : McDowell Mountains : Sven Towers : ... : Spinal Block (5.11b/c)
By: arjunmh When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: Nice delicate and sharp (at the crux) face climbing. Agree that it's 10 climbing before and after a fun crux section. Clipping stances are solid.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : McDowell Mountains : Sven Towers : ... : Spinal Cracker (5.10 PG13)
By: arjunmh When: May 8, 2016

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Comments: Some nice jamming on this one, but there is a flake that will pull off if it's pulled hard on. Reality is that you won't do that while climbing this and the pro is solid above and below, but it's a bit nerve wracking to have a creaking flake in the middle. Not sure why there's a bolt at the outset, though it does add to the comfort level of getting established in the crack -- not having the bolt would make it a more traditional McDowell Mtn type of climb (i.e. scary at the outset).


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Torchfinger (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Apr 10, 2016

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Comments: Yup, fair enough, the first few moves are likely harder than 5.8. Getting to the bolt likely tricky, but you're not far up and a good spot is a good spot. The single bolt near the base of the face with a swath of greenish lichen going up it marks the start of the climb. Seems like a semi trail is starting to be made from the base of "Wall Drug" around climber's right of that face and up to the base of this climb. Works well. Sorry about not having any pics handy for this, will try to remember ne... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Barks Canyon Wall
By: arjunmh When: Apr 5, 2016

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Comments: Gorgeous rock and great routes. Single rope rap possible to descend, but it takes 3: 1 from the anchors that are slightly off summit (and out of sight from summit down the east side) to the big ledge on top of p. 2 of The Long Lead, then another single line to the anchors on top of p. 1 of Glory Road, then the last to the ground. Great anchors in great shape.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Barks Canyon Wall : The Long Lead (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Apr 5, 2016

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Comments: Single rope rap possible, but it takes 3: 1 from the anchors that are slightly off summit to the big ledge on top of p. 2, then another single line to the anchors on top of p. 1 of Glory Road, then the last.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: That video is fantastic! Nicely put together -- Though I must say that I'm glad I wasn't around with a drone flying around like that. Pretty wild to see what you can do with it, though. Would be a fun game to try to lasso the drone with a climbing rope while standing on top of the pole!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Raptor's Roost -- PROJECT (5.13)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: The draws are kind of rotting, definitely don't play on this on lead unless you plan to replace the draws. Probably ok to use to clip a TR through, though, though the inevitable rope drag will haunt you given how overhanging it is.

By the way my 4 stars is purely hypothetical as I haven't made it very far up this climb! It just looks and seems so awesome every time I rap past it and check it out. Would be nice, would be nice ...


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Ravenclaw (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Cleaning up ok and definitely a fun, moderate trad route. No blood this time.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Stealing Eggs (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Yup, it's right up there for the area. Got Brian on it for our warm up and it was fun to follow him up -- can't believe it's been 2 years! Brings up the point that you have to follow and clean this one as the rap is the free air rap off the wonderful Raptor Roost project anchors (which is ok with a 60 m rope, by the way. Just barely).


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Hufflepuff (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Been a while and it's still a huff and a puff through the crux of this one. Great pro though and it's all there.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Sidewinder (5.10+)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Definitely burly compared to the others on this wall, though the crux of Hufflepuff is tough too even though I rated it slightly easier -- kind of depends on your off width head and whether you find the key holds on the on sight. Fun to get on this one again after watching Brian on sight it.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Penguins (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: So fun to get on this route again -- wonderfully airy and a total surprise (given that I apparently set it) at how smoothly it goes. Wow! Hi rec for a moderate all trad line for this all trad wall.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : The Tombstone Stripper (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Another gorgeous route, though next time we'd probably do the first pitch of "Ides" instead simply to enjoy those bulges again. I prefer "Ides", but this has some super fun and airy face climbing in pitches 2 & 3. For sure the funnest pitches and well worth doing just for them.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Unknown (right of stampede) (5.10a)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Probably my favorite route up this big rock. Great to get back on it and swap leads. A 60 m rope is fine for linking p. 1 & 2 as well as all the raps, including the last one that's noted as 105' on Geir's topo. All exultory comments above hold true!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Unknown (corner 15' left of... (5.10a/b)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Fantastic and gorgeous welcome back to Cochise climbing after much time on Granite Mountain. Reading the above, I suspect that your enjoyment of this climb will be based on your appreciation of diverse climbing styles and some good burly off-width mixed into classic trad and typical Cochise face/slab stuff. Loved it!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Right On (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 15, 2016

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Comments: Probably the easiest of the bolted routes in this area. Would rank this one, Dacite, Centerpiece, the one to the right of Centerpiece and then the long one with old bolts to the right of this and to the left of Dacite.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Psychoactive (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 15, 2016

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Comments: The webbing was shot at top of p1. Didn't read my note to self and so didn't bring chain for the top. Still in need. Webbing and cord have another couple months or so left in them so we didn't replace.

70 m rope gets you down from the top.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Flatiron : Field of Dreams (5.10c/d)
By: arjunmh When: Feb 7, 2016

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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!


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