John and Kane bringing Badu to the Orifice Wall
The Orifice Wall
, which is one of the most popular and unique crags in Southern Arizona, boasts some of the steepest and hardest climbs in the region. Classic lines include Hard Day at The Orifice
, Orifice Politics
, and Coup de' tat
The wall is relatively impervious to the frequent summer monsoon rains, sees shade almost all day (after 10:30am), and is almost entirely fixed chain draws. On summer weekends the crag is frequently busy with lines on some routes.
The overhung nature of the climbing demands heel-hooks and knee-bars, a rarity in Tucson. A knee pad is recommended for some of the lines.
Approach the The Fortress
using the directions up one level. Trend left without losing elevation until a fixed chain appears. Put on your harness and clip into the chain using either a quickdraw or sling. Carefully traverse onto the ledge from which all the climbs start.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
17 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Huck Fin 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, 55'
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Hard Day at The Orifice 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b AZ
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Follow the general directions given to get to The Fortress but don't go down the gully. Just as the trail starts down the east side of The Fortress follow the ledge around the left side and you will find a safety cable. This cable will lead to another cable that will guide you safely down to the climbs.The Orifice is in the running for one of the mountains best sport climbs. This route has a huge exposure factor (laugh at your friends when they get needlessly scared), some great jug hauling and ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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