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Rappel Rock is located near the summit of Mt Lemmon at an elevation of over 9000 feet. Like the other summit crags, Rap Rock offers cool temps and spectacular views of Tucson to the south.
Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rappel Rock:
Not So Easy Arch 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Standard Route 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
Charadras 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Black Quacker 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 450'
Bender-Axen 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
The Corner 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Quick Death 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Chiboni 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Helm's Deep 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Voodoo Child 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Lude 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 100'
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Baradur 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rappel Rock
A number of us locals were competing for the FA of this line in the late 70s, a right-facing, right-leaning corner that just disappeared into an apparently blank face. Until Steve’s lead in 1979, those of us who tried it didn’t even make it to the end of the crack. Some of us called it the Crack of No Return, which doesn’t make sense now, but seemed to then – something to do with what appeared to be oblivion waiting at crack’s end. Steve didn’t have an easy time of it, though, taking several...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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