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Rappel Rock 


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Location: 32.4323, -110.7933 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Oct 28, 2002
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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


    16 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['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]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rappel Rock:
    Not So Easy Arch   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
    Standard Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
    Charadras   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
    Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   
    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     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
    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'   
    Voodoo Child   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Lude   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 100'   
    Browse More Classics in Rappel Rock

    Featured Route For Rappel Rock
    Peter Jackson’s version of Baradur, courtesy of Wikipedia. <br />

    Baradur 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rappel Rock
    A number of us locals were competing for the FA of this line in the late 70s, a right-facing, right-leaning corner that just disappeared into an apparently blank face. Until Steve’s lead in 1979, those of us who tried it didn’t even make it to the end of the crack. Some of us called it the Crack of No Return, which doesn’t make sense now, but seemed to then – something to do with what appeared to be oblivion waiting at crack’s end. Steve didn’t have an easy time of it, though, taking several...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

    Photos of Rappel Rock Slideshow Add Photo
    Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On the 4th pitch of Bender Axen 5.8
    Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
    Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
    Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
    Rappel Rock
    Rappel Rock
    Rap Rock.
    Rap Rock.
    The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
    The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
    Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the 5 pitch Standard Route-Black Quacker link up.
    Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
    Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock.  September 2007
    Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock. September 2007
    Ryan enjoying the view
    Ryan enjoying the view
    The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt anchor.
    The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
    Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker. <br /> <br />photo credit: Dave Lammers
    Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker.

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    Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
    Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
    Rappel Rock aerial view
    BETA PHOTO: Rappel Rock aerial view
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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?