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Big Pine Towers

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Cat in the Hat S 
Coronary Bypass S 
Honker S 
It's A Disease S 
Labor Daze T,S 
Malpractice S 
Prowess S 
Recovery Room S 
Sloth, The S 
Wicked Indecency T 

Big Pine Towers  

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The Big Pine Towers are a group of short towers in the Rupley Tower area. If you can climb hard enough, there are routes on both sides that will let you chase sun or shade. These towers have mostly hard routes, but there are several short, sustained moderate routes as well.

Getting There 

Park at the nice big new pullout for the Rupleys just downhill from the Windy Point Vista around mile 14.2. Go down the ugly scree-strewn slope angling to your left towards the short towers in front of Rupley Tower A.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Pine Towers:
Cat in the Hat   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Prowess   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Honker   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Big Pine Towers
Prowess: 35ft of 3D slightly overhung arete climbing. <br /> <br />Photo by Intan Nurmaya

Prowess 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Big Pine Towers
While only about 35 feet, Prowess is a fun arete problem that is certainly worth getting on if you find yourself in the area. Arete pinching, small crimps and clever body positioning makes for an entertaining crux sequence. The route takes the line up the prominent arete on the right side of the formation. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 3, 2008
The easiest way to approach Big Pine and the Rupley Towers is to walk down the road about 150ft. from the pullout and then follow a trail straight down the hill.