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Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Westworld Dome : Dreamscape Buttress (5.9)
By: BenJamN When: Feb 3, 2010

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Comments: Climber-
For the record- who was DDC's partner ??


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : The Wasteland
By: BenJamN When: Feb 3, 2010

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Comments: Whats the lowdown on all the new bolted lines around the wasteland route??? Also this crag should be called "Squid Dome" as the cliff looks much like the mollusk when viewed from the drainage...


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Ventana Canyon : Ventana Canyon Bouldering : Mystic Boulders
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: Also easy to get to boulders via walking up creek at 3rd crossing.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Batline Dome : Batline (5.9)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: FWIW a nice TR direct version is possible off the 1st anchor. Instead of going right at bolt, keep trending up ramp to an undercling and crimp your way straight up to rejoin the regular batline route. Adds about ten new moves. Group consensus was at 5.10-. Possible to lead but would be thin pro with big runout.

As for batline, 1st half or pitch one hardest move is reaching the anchor. Also recommend one long pitch, (with tricky move getting above 1st anchor)...gear after 1st anchor seemed spa... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Batline Dome : Unknown left side (5.10-) (5.10- PG13)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: FWIW a buddy and I TR'd a line in between the unnamed 5.9 crack to the right and this route. We thought the climbing checked in at about 5.10+, feeling harder than the 10- on lead. Start as for the 10- and instead of trending left with obvious crack like holds, go straight up...fun moves using side-pulls and stemming to surmount the bulge.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Zappa Dome : Excentrifugal Forz (5.8+)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: Might be easy to 1st bolt but rock quality not quite stellar---a small tcu is useful to protect leader. A fall here would not be pretty.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Zappa Dome : Playground Psychotics (5.10a)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: Fun Route here!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Zappa Dome : We're Only In It For the Mo... (5.10a)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: much easier than two 10a's to the left; felt more like 5.9.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Panther Peak : Ol' Snaggletooth : Snaggletooth (V0)
By: BenJamN When: Jan 2, 2010

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Comments: Good problem with fun moves.

FWIW the block described at finish is not chert but rather a silicious tuff. Chert is silic-rich, mircocrystalline marine sedimentary rock.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Left Hand Wall
By: BenJamN When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: I am a bit confused on left hand wall area.
where is feels like someone else in relation to the routes as described by Hendrixon??


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Westworld Dome : Dreamscape Buttress (5.9)
By: BenJamN When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: Hmmm, well my team did not have trouble finding the trail.
M.H. is right there is not a well worn trough to the climb, but one doesn't have to battle cacti either...

Not sure about breaking up first pitch, its a long pitch as described in Kerry.
Pitch 2 as Kerry describes has three bolts and then good gear.
Pitch 3 as Kerry describes is crux and has a bolt near top of pitch.
4th pitch has lots of gear potential.
On last pitch, the leader can put in a bomber cam prior to committing to climbin... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Batline Dome : Extreme right unknown (5.9 R)
By: BenJamN When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: Totally agree this route is a bit bold.. as shown here in Kerry's Book going over the roof from the arching crack feature felt insecure and pro is thin. I climbed up crack line to right (start ~10ft) of arching crack feature and then traversed left (~20ft off deck) to rejoin route up to chain anchor, 5.9 (pro was a bit devious at roof)- bring gear to 3". For what is worth, we TR'd the original line up arching crack over roof and it f... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Courage of the Fearless Cre... (5.9+ PG13)
By: BenJamN When: Nov 5, 2009

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Comments: Pictures? sounds fun!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Squaretop
By: BenJamN When: Mar 5, 2009

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Comments: Anyone ever climb Barking Lizard? Sounds like a good time according to Kerry's book...
climbaz.com/Backcountry/page_h...
page two of first ascent...
climbaz.com/Backcountry/page_h...


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Squaretop : Cragaholic's Dream (5.10c)
By: BenJamN When: Mar 5, 2009

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Comments: First 4 pitches are fairly short leads... last pitch is 5.7 at best. 2nd pitch is kick in the pants full value roof. Anyone ever do the variation Instant ReSpray??