Mark Sargent at end of 3rd pitch, The Classic
Prescott is a beautiful little city, and she is loaded with granite!! Not to mention a colorful climbing history.... From the unique holds of Thumb Butte to the 500' wall of Granite Mountain, to the tricky folds of the Dells, Prescott has a substantial list of quality routes, both trad and sport, old school and new.
Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatimundi Roof, Granite Mountain.
Along with that, Sullivan's Canyon is a great basalt area which really caters to the beginner and moderate trad climber. Throw in the quartzite sport routes of the Promised Land, and you have a perfect mid elevation destination to either shake off the cold of Flagstaff, or to flee the heat of the lower deserts of Southern Arizona.
Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ
And, of course, the bouldering is awesome! The steel grey, fine grained granite of areas like Groom Creek and Wolf Creek speak for themselves, while the mid grained golden granite around town reminds one of perfect Joshua Tree style stone. You can get lost for days of highballing out at Watson Lake, or try your hand at some fantastic pocketed basalt bouldering at Thumb Butte, and in Sullivan's Canyon. The Santa Maria Mountains north of town still hold a quantity of undeveloped fine grained granite..... The list of excellent problems is long, and reaches well into the double digit V's at this point in time.
Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999.
Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.
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