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Boot Hill

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Bloody Mary S,TR 
Bottoms Up S 
Branch Breaker S 
Car Bomb S 
Cheers S 
Dirty Woman T,S 
Dont Bolt Me T 
Dunka S 
Dunka Dunk S 
Fat Tire S 
Funky Noises S 
Going S 
Green Monster Crack T 
Hail-N-Rain S,TR 
Hard Feelings T 
Hollowpoint S 
Input S 
Insane Pilot T,S 
Leap Frog T,S 
Lichen T,S 
Little Rubber Ducky S 
Neaker's S 
New Years Day S 
Obsessed Driller S 
On the Rocks S 
Profane S 
Simpsons Survival S 
Situational Distress T 
Spinal Arc S,TR 
Touching The Void S 
Wheres Mike T,S 

Boot Hill  

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Boot Hill is the obvious north-facing cliff above the Prison Camp campground to the southeast. It appears in "Squeezing the Lemmon" on page 135 with a handful of routes developed in 1989 by Doug Lantz and Diane Vetter. More recently (since July 2004), the crag has been adopted and developed by Andy Peter and Steve Kanoza. They have added 29 new routes (5.5 to 5.11), mostly sport and mixed routes with chains or Metolius rap hangers. The rock varies from crumbly to solid - test the holds and watch out for rockfall. The routes are mostly on the north and west faces, so most routes are shady most of the day, but some sunshine can be had in the afternoon. The low elevation and shade should mean comfortable temps for early Spring and late Fall days as well as warm Winter days.

Getting There 

Park in the southern-most parking area in the Prison Camp Campground. Head up a fire break as far as possible, then follow a cairn-marked trail uphill to the crags. The main branch in the trail will take you to "the Brickyard" area around the bottom of "Branch Breaker", near the center of the available routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

31 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Boot Hill:
Green Monster Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
On the Rocks   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Cheers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Car Bomb   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Dunka Dunk   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Going   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Sharon Legg near the top of Spinal Arc.

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Printable topo for Boothill.
Printable topo for Boothill.
Boothill area,the Green Monster Crack is on the fa...
Boothill area,the Green Monster Crack is on the fa...
Boot Hill as seen from the fire break.
Boot Hill as seen from the fire break.
"Boothill" viewed from the "Bug Spr...
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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 24, 2005
This is a good sport crag, that is easy to get to. We found the ratings to be about one grade lower than stated on the topos. Still a fun area and worth going to!!!!
By Vincent Greene
Feb 26, 2005
There is an updated printable topo of the area at:images.tucsonclimbers.org/beta...
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 20, 2005
Straigh Up is a fun ass climb! Big holdovarhung a tad, pumpy. The hike in sucks but it's fun coming down!
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Aug 16, 2005
Don't go straight uphill from parking lot, routes are towards the far right hand side of the rock formations you see from the lot..
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Dec 8, 2005
Boot hill is a great area, nice belay ground and even bolts to clip in the belayer for the ledges. Its a little cold right now, but still great climbing.
By Andy peter
Jan 22, 2006
To access the Fireplace and the Void Wall, hike past Dunka Dunk and scramble up to the ridge.From here you can follow a cairn marked trail to the base of the Fire Place. The first climb you'll encounter is climb #32 Reachy Riley.This approach takes about 3 minutes from Dunka Dunk and several more minutes to reach the Void Wall. The approach as stated on the topo's is no longer valid!
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Apr 25, 2006
Regardless of what some people say, I think this is an awesome area. It is still comfortable climbing right now. Lots of easy, well-protected sport routes close together and a few reasonably harder ones for the intermediate climber to work on make this crag great for beginner and intermediate climbers. Anyone could come here to learn sport climbing, as long as they have boots!
By A.P.T.
From: Truckee,Ca
May 2, 2006
Boothill was developed during the peak of summer,but this was only possible with early (before sunrise starts).Climbed here late afternoon this past weekend and found no shade.The only way we found shade was when we weren't climbing.Early starts make it possible to climb here during the summer,if not it's better to head higher up...
By A.P.T.
From: Truckee,Ca
Sep 16, 2007
They are in "Squeezing The Lemmon." That is if you weren't informed of that yet?
By David Rudolf
Feb 15, 2008
Which way is North on that topo?
By A.P.T.
From: Truckee,Ca
Feb 15, 2008
The area faces a westerly direction and the climb's are listed north to south.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 28, 2009
This area has lots of climbs and a good number of moderates (under 5.10) which newer climbers need. Liked Little Rubber Ducky and Branch Breaker. Might not go here if I was from out of town but for locals looking for climbs to take beginners on it is a good area. In other words if you have done a lot of climbing and are no longer impressed by the novelty of being tied to a rope and climbing a rock I suggest you go there after you have done tons of other routes on the mountain and are looking anything new. Hope that clears it up for guys like Jbak.
By Stephen M
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 23, 2009
This area is great for folks learning how to lead. "Bloody Mary" is a great first lead even though the tree gets in the way of the belayer. "New Year's Day" is a great corner climb for early leading.
By Dave Dobler
May 24, 2010
Any one find a couple of draws on Boothill a couple of weeks ago? CAMP wire gates one end, OP curved gates the other? Maybe got forgotten on top of one of the routes on the right end of the crag after transfering...thx
By Cody M
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 15, 2010
Made it up there today and climbed at the brickyard - really liked the bottom moves on Branch Breaker!

Are Branch Breaker, Hard Feelings, and Input supposed to share a set of bolts/chains at the top? We didn't see anything else above the 3rd/4th bolt of the right two routes so we just ran it out and clipped into the Branch Breaker gear at the top.

Thanks for the topo, and thanks for all the work you guys did, Andy and Steven!
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Nov 12, 2011
Here is what is in my opinion the easiest/best approach. A little bit longer but less steep and no bushwhacking. So from the parking lot walk past the big rocks and over the 1st little hill like you are heading to Jailhouse. As soon as the trail starts to go down hill (less than 50')take an obvious trail that goes left (in the direction of Boot Hill only farther left along the cliff band). Follow this trail for a while and eventually you will pass the firebreak which has 2 cairns, one on each side, keep going on the trail, you will pass another rocky drainage and eventually you will reach another trail the branches off to the left (uphill) that is also marked by a line of rocks that cross the trail. Take the left and head uphill through some switchbacks to the base of the cliffs.

The bright green face that you can see from the parking lot is the LEFTMOST wall of boot hill. On the way in our first time we took the trail to the firebreak and then bushwhacked up the firebreak thinking that we wanted to be left of the bright green face, oops.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Nov 18, 2011
Come on Nick, look at the overview. Check the legend so you know what the symbols on the overview mean. You can figure this out. No help from jbak this time. Come on man I believe in you.
By Chris Craig
Feb 19, 2012
Found at boot hill 2/22/12. Found a brand new right shoe. evolve size 7. Call Chris 520-548-6652.
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