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Rappel Rock Rock Climbing 


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Rappel Rock from the Orifice Wall after a storm.

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Description 

Rappel Rock is located near the summit of Mt Lemmon at an elevation of over 9000 feet. Like the other summit crags, Rap Rock offers cool temps and spectacular views of Tucson to the south.

There are a number of high quality routes, including some of the longest moderate routes on the mountain.


Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).

Ten minutes will bring you to a metal shed on the right hand side of the road. There is a spring here on the left...its probably safe, but drink at your own risk.

Continue past this shed for another hundred yards until you see a trail lead off left, downhill toward the crags. There is a large boulder in this area just below the trail. A few minutes on this trail will put you down in plain view of Rap Rock. Follow the trail down and around the west (right) end of two smaller formations. You will be deposited at the back side of Rap Rock.

Many parties rack up here to avoid hiking back down for gear after summiting. Its also a good idea to scramble up and check out the descent.

To find the climbs, follow vague, steep trail down and around east end of Rappel Rock.

Climbing Season

For the 8 - Summit Crags area.

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',5],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Rappel Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rappel Rock:
Not So Easy Arch   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Charadras   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Corner   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   
Quick Death   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Black Magic Woman   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Lude   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 100'   
Rotissima Bueno   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Baradur   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Stolen from Voodoo Child page. The leader is on VC...

Black Magic Woman 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rappel Rock
Black Magic Woman is one pitch of superb slab and face that parallels Voodoo Child high on rappel rock. Strictly speaking, the route is one pitch, but you have to climb several pitches to get there. Like SQL II says, this is easier that VC but more sustained. The feet are also a little gritty-it probably doesn't get much traffic. It's still a great pitch. Unlike VC, you need geir and there is hard climbing, possibly even 5.10+ climbing, that is gear-protected.From the shared belay with Voodoo Ch...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Rappel Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock
Rappel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock aerial view
BETA PHOTO: Rappel Rock aerial view
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker.  photo...
Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker. photo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan enjoying the view
Ryan enjoying the view
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock.  September 2007
Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock. September 2007
Rock Climbing Photo: Rap Rock.
Rap Rock.

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 12, 2004
We did this route back in 2002.

We started on the 5.9+ at the bottom for the first pitch and then did the 5.7 variation to finish out.

The hanging belay was a bit uncomfortable as I had to wait for a long while due to some rope management issues.

The chicken head pitch was fun.

Overall, the views from this route are incredible.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Jul 10, 2006
What's the belay situation at the tree ledge where the first pitch of most of these climbs ends up?

Is there just one tree or other belays to be had i.e. can more than one party belay on this ledge at the same time?

Thanks
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 10, 2006
More than enough anchors and room for more than one party Christian.
By Jerry Cagle
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 20, 2012
Does anyone ever actually rappel Rappel Rock...?
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 15, 2012
Nice!! How were the temperatures?

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