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Rock Climbing Photo: Hitchcock roof at night


Member Since: Oct 8, 2012
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Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak : West Face/ Southwest Arete : Forbes Route (West Approach... (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: May 9, 2016

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Comments: Don't bother bringing trad gear up for this. For one, the climbing is 5.easy. Second, there's absolutely no place for pro whatsoever...and if you could jam a micro in somewhere, the rock is not stable enough to hold a fall. 4 quickdraws is all you will need, any more would be a waste to haul up 4500 ft.

The down climb on the unroped section of the great ramp and above the roped climbing section are definitely the technical crux of the route. The actual crux is finding your way and hauling the ... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Lazy S (5.10-)
By: mikehilbert When: May 1, 2016

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Comments: If you're looking for a wildly contrived and unsustained line up complete choss with poor bolt placement, this may be the climb for you. Oh, and there are bees everywhere and the approach sucks. Quite possibly the worst climb I've ever seen.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Isle of You : ... : Baby Jr. Gets Spanked (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: Apr 25, 2016

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Comments: With all due respect to Daryll Allen, I feel compelled to disagree with his comment on this being an ideal 1st lead. This climb isn't incredibly difficult, but it seemed a bit sandbagged to me at 5.6 (felt more like a 5.7) and there are a number of cruxes going up headwalls/bulges with significant ledge fall potential below each crux. Finally, the runout to the first bolt (although on easy ground if the leader chooses to not do the 5.8 direct start up slab) would spook me if I were a new leader.... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Rockfellow Group : ... : Inner Passage (5.3)
By: mikehilbert When: Apr 18, 2016

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Comments: The beginning of this route is found on the NORTH end of the Rockfellow formation.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : The Reuben Hair Shift (5.9-)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 14, 2015

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Comments: I concur with the above comments. This climb seems more like a solid 5.9 compared to other 5.8s on Mt Lemmon.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Pindering to the Masses (5.8-)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 6, 2015

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Comments: There's a gear variation to this line about 5 feet to the left of the bolt line up the obvious crack to the fourth bolt. This goes at about 5.7, making this variation of the climb entirely 5.7, as the start of the bolted line is its 5.8 crux. The gear variation takes small to medium cams and a stopper.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : South Cluster : ... : Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 4, 2015

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Comments: point noted. will draw lines on future routes instead of move by move beta


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : South Cluster : Welcome to Silverbell (V0)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 3, 2015

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Comments: A slightly separate line goes just to the left of this one and is also VO, featuring a long L hand throw to a huge jug on top.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : Lower Boulders
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 30, 2015

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Comments: As of 12/2015, the unsorted routes are on the nearby boulders called, according to the Old Pueblo Bouldering site, "The Guy" and "The Gal", which are about 30 and 60 feet respectively north east (to your right as you're facing the main roadside boulder) from the main roadside boulder.

oldpueblobouldering.com/


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : Hidden Jewels
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 30, 2015

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Comments: How do you get to the south set of cliffs? I saw no rap station to lower down from above and the hike in to the northern set of cliffs (with the bolted 5.7s and 5.10) is already about 25 minutes.

APPROACH BETA: not sure if this is the fastest way to either set of cliffs (north or south) but I went up the Soldier Trail to where it levels off (as described here) and then went left via bushwhack into the saddle between a small hill (to the south) and a craggy hill (to the north) and went left (we... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : Lower Boulders : ... : Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: All three lines go at about 5.4 YDS


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : Lower Boulders : Traverse Left (V0-1)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: It's V1 if you start at the large dish to the left of the right end of the boulder. If you start at the far right end, it's considerable more difficult (V?). I topped out using the west face arete.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Sun Baked (No Longer Exists... (5.10c)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: THIS CLIMB IS GONE! The tower crumbled to the ground as per the attached pic...bolts are gone and anchors are obviously gone
Rock Climbing Photo: top of sun baked tower has fallen off at the roof....
top of sun baked tower has fallen off at the roof.



Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : South Cluster : Ball Buster (V1)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: Different name, different rating (VO), same climb...

oldpueblobouldering.com/Pages/...


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders : Lower Boulders : ... : Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 1, 2015

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Comments: at least that's how I did it


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Paradox Lost (5.8+)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 1, 2015

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Comments: Felt this climb was accurate to the grade until the crux final bolt, which to me felt like at least 9+


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway
By: mikehilbert When: Oct 18, 2015

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Comments: As yet, the crag in question here (just off the road on the right going downhill from Molino Vista) is still not listed on MP and I'm unable to find any beta beyond this thread. So, I'll throw in my 2 cents...

I found three bolted lines. From left to right, they go 5.10a, 5.9, and 5.6 (imo). Leftmost climb offers a contrived 5.10a first half, then fun juggy climbing above. Middle climb sports a blocky start up to a roof/arete, pulling left around the arete is the fun 5.9 crux (watch crumbly le... more >>


Location: Asia : Vietnam : Cat Ba Island
By: mikehilbert When: Jun 16, 2015

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Comments: I climbed in butterfly valley in Vietnam's Cat Ba National Park and it was pretty good. The scene was super chill with goats and farmers coming up to us between climbs. There was only one other party there. The place to get guidebook description of the routes there (you can rent it for a few bucks) is Asia Outdoors in Cat Ba town. I rented all the gear needed to climb safely for the day from them and it was about $37 per person. The other reasonable option is a deep water solo trip with asia out... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Photo
By: mikehilbert When: May 12, 2015

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Comments: I found the rock quality, though below average, to be on par with the rest of what can be found at this particular crag.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Paleface Slab : Earth Tears Left (5.8+)
By: mikehilbert When: Mar 1, 2015

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Comments: How many bolts are on this thing? Is there a midway rap station to make a single rope rap possible? Is walkoff possible? Thanks for the beta..


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Scorpion King (5.8-)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 24, 2014

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Comments: Just climbed this today. Here's some background beta to help anyone new to this area avoid confusion.

Because the second pitch was added to this route on mountainproject well after the first, many of the previous comments on this climb only apply to the first pitch, which goes at 5.7, is well bolted, has a crux about 2/3 of the way up and makes for an excellent first lead. The consensus on this is only 5.8 +/-, again because the second (harder) pitch was added later.

There are three anchors fo... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : GM (Government Motors) (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: Aug 26, 2014

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Comments: This is not a trad climb. At best, it's a mixed route, but there's really only one placement. This is the bolt line to the right of the black streak.


Location: South America : Ecuador : Cotopaxi : Regular Route
By: mikehilbert When: Jul 8, 2014

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Comments: Acclimatization plan:
2 days in Quito (9000 ft)
4 days in Quilotoa loop (12-13,000 ft)
travel day
Pichinicha Rucu (15,400 ft)**
travel day**
Iliniza Norte (16,800 ft)
rest day
Cotopaxi (19,300 ft)

  • *if you have time/feel you need further help acclimatizing



Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 5 - Windy Ridge : Lizard Rock
By: mikehilbert When: May 19, 2014

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Comments: This formation is completely out of sight until you have passed it. The first view of it you get is from South Willow Canyon Rd near Rose Canyon Lake. From this vantage point and beyond, it looks kind of like a sleeping iguana (or in my opinion, a tortoise shell). It's fun to scramble up on but for my money, the climbing isn't great here.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 5 - Windy Ridge : ... : High Noon (5.9+ R)
By: mikehilbert When: May 19, 2014

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Comments: The grade for this climb is based on the Bob Hutchins and John Steiger's Climber's Guide to Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon Highway. I'm assuming this was graded using the "old" system, as it felt to me more like a solid 5.11..


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