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Orifice Wall

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Ape Debate S 
Brightest Fire, The S 
Coup de' tat S 
Disfigured Foreigner S 
Disfigured Oedipus S 
Eureka S 
Flyer Starter S 
Gettin' Off The Porch S 
Granite of the Apes S 
Hard Day at The Orifice S 
Heel-A Monster S 
Hereiophobia T 
Huck Fin S 
In Search of Silence S 
Oedipus Complex S 
Orifice Politics S 
Unattended Consequences S 

Orifice Wall Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 32.43251, -110.79804 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the 8 - Summit Crags area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',8],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Orifice Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orifice Wall:
Gettin' Off The Porch   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   
Unattended Consequences   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   
Disfigured Foreigner   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
Hard Day at The Orifice   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Huck Fin   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 55'   
Oedipus Complex   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 40'   
Orifice Politics   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   
Ape Debate   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Eureka   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 75'   
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   
In Search of Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   
Coup de' tat   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   
Granite of the Apes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 90'   
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Featured Route For Orifice Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Heel-A Monster!

Heel-A Monster 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Orifice Wall
Great long route. Best rock quality at the Orifice Wall. Thin and acrobatic climbing, not as steep as the other hard climbs in this area, but still very steep for normal standards. Very hard for about 40 feet (after the big black ledge) and then is sustained, and thought provoking, 11+/12- for a long ways. ATTENTION!!!! LOWERING FALL HAZARD. This route is very steep. When lowering from it, you need to clip your rope back to the draws in order to pull you in, or you will be stranded out in space ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Orifice Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: John and Kane bringing Badu to the Orifice Wall
John and Kane bringing Badu to the Orifice Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Working a new one on the Orifice Wall.  Photo Geir...
Working a new one on the Orifice Wall. Photo Geir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Toofast at the base of Orifice Politics
Toofast at the base of Orifice Politics
Rock Climbing Photo: Helluva view from the Orifice Wall.
Helluva view from the Orifice Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Busy day at the Orifice Wall with the Big Dogs run...
Busy day at the Orifice Wall with the Big Dogs run...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another hard day at the Orifice...Wall.
Another hard day at the Orifice...Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Birch on Hard Day at the Orifice.
Matt Birch on Hard Day at the Orifice.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Orifice: an awesome crowd in a rainy day...
The Orifice: an awesome crowd in a rainy day...
Rock Climbing Photo: Puppy dogs staying on the porch.  Jesse, Mikie, Ch...
Puppy dogs staying on the porch. Jesse, Mikie, Ch...

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