Greg high on Quartz Jester
The southeast face of the Fortress boasts some of the best and longest multi-pitch routes on the mountain. The style of these routes is both traditional and sport. There are also a number of single pitch lines that are worth exploring. The not-to-be-missed, multi-pitch sport routes are Steel Crazy
, Fort Stress
, and Sir Clipalot
. This face is sunny until mid or late afternoon.
Advice for the multi-pitch routes:
- Walk off rather than rappel. Be aware that this requires climbing down and up a 15ft gully.
- Leave your pack at toe of crag as this is where the walk off ends.
- Start early during monsoon season as afternoon rains and lightning can occur suddenly.
Approach the The Fortress
using the directions up one level. Immediately prior to reaching the formation pick up a sometimes overgrown trail on the left. The trail winds through small bushes while losing elevation before hugging the cliff. The approach takes approximately 10 minutes from the toe of the cliff or about 30 minutes from the parking lot.
Route finding hints:
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
19 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Southeast Face:
Steel Crazy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 4 pitches, 450'
Fort Stress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 4 pitches, 400'
Gargoyle 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 2 pitches, 160'
Sir Clipalot 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 3 pitches, 240'
Featured Route For Southeast Face
Steel Crazy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a AZ
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Steel Crazy starts up the face near the left end of the Fortress. Look for the well-bolted line just left of a large corner.Pitch 1: Pumpy climbing up and over small overhang (crux?)to easier climbing above. Continue up easier terrain, slightly runout to sloping ledge. Scary, thin moves up steep face past more bolts lead to small sea of chickenheads. Follow these to two-bolt belay on huge ledge.Pitch 2: From the belay ledge, Steel Crazy follows the right of two bolted lines. Fun 5.9 climbi...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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