BETA PHOTO: Pima Canyon, South Mountain Arizona
Pima Canyon has the highest concentration of problems in South Mountain. Although considered a choss pile by some, the well travelled routes are generally free from breakage. Some of the less travelled routes should be approached with caution. Overall there is a high concentration of mediocre problems with a few gems scattered about. Any way you look at it, it's better than the gym!
GUIDEBOOK: Marty Karabin sells beta maps. Most local stores carry his guides. Please purchase a beta map as it will make your life much easier!
From the parking lot at 48th St. and Guadalupe head down the Pima Canyon Dirt Road. This meets up with national trail and is the most traveled path in this part of the park. After a mile of walking on the dirt road you will encounter a stone ramada on the left (south side) of the trail. At this point head left (southwest) up Pima Canyon. After a 1/4-1/2 mile of travel up Pima Canyon you will run into the entrance wall.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
88 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: Boulders abound in Pima Canyon - South Mountain
By The Captin
Oct 28, 2011
This area was primarily developed by Matt Kirk and Aaron Adams back in 1996. At one time they had over 120 mapped problems almost all of the names are new shown here but that's cool some of the classics were are listed here are accurate like cocaine corner and mvfp (Mike, Vaughn, Foot, Beta) just saying thought they should get their props.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Mar 19, 2014
Yea, lot of folks began climbing here before 1990. The place definitely looked different. Most of the stuff climbed was obvious and easy to us. Lot of the problems done were renamed arbitrarily by Javier then others. Matt K came a bit later.
Guys like Mike Covington, Jay Anderson, Scary Larry, Dave Insley, Kiril the russian, Chris Hahn, Corey Chatwin, and I'm sure I left a few of the other guys out. Over time a lot of people left their mark quietly and some problems were found over and over again.
A lot of this began after the '88 Phx Bouldering Contest that was held at the South Mountain Boy Scout Camp on 24th Street. You aren't allowed there anymore but it would be worth getting it open if you have an in.