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Jan 28, 2013
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It seems that the majority of cliff faces in southern Arizona, especially those made of limestone, are south facing. Is this an accurate observation? Is there a geologic reason for this?

Mustang - Limestone; South facing
The Dry - Limestone; South facing
Mount Lemmon - Granite; Varied but south face has way more rock.
Cochise - Granite; Varied but there seems to more more sothern exposure.
Baboquivari - Granite; Varied but most of the routes are south face.

Where is my north facing limestone?!?
Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
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Jan 28, 2013
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Farmhouse. jbak
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Jan 29, 2013
Jback: How do you get to the Farmhouse? Angel Mangual
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Jan 29, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
See Tucson Sport Select:

math.fullerton.edu/tmcmillen/T...

Take pictures and share your thoughts if you head out there.
Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
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Jan 29, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Where do I go?
Lot of north facing limestone, most of it untapped, in central AZ around Dripping Springs, Homestead, Silver Creek, etc. I find more east-west facing walls myself. manuel rangel
From Tempe, Arizona
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Jan 30, 2013
Super-Homestead. 1/2 mile east of homestead. High level of motivation required. Huge walls facing NW to due N. Please, someone who likes developing more than I, go there. I want to climb your routes. BenClimbing
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Jan 30, 2013
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BenClimbing wrote:
Super-Homestead. 1/2 mile east of homestead. High level of motivation required. Huge walls facing NW to due N. Please, someone who likes developing more than I, go there. I want to climb your routes.

Ben is talking about the Hinterland.
Yes, please, someone highly motivated get out there and put some routes up!!
Red
From Tacoma, Toyota
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Jan 30, 2013
Quite a bit of East facing rock on the Lemmon. More than S. facing I think. Get yourself an excavator. Wait, that is Jim and I at the Boneyard (N. facing). Homestead is in a canyon that runs roughly N. South. Farmhouse is N. Facing. Stronghold is East West mostly. Babo has most routes on the E. Face. Take your compass if you don't believe me.

Angel, the Farmhouse is the wall on the left as you head to the road to the Mustang. Bob Kerry and I did a route on the east face eons ago that was so loose we never went back despite thinking the Rap we did on the N. face would make a nice route with some cleaning. The dome above the houses West of the Mustang turn has possibilities as well.
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Jan 30, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
Great post-up of the Hinterland, Red. I missed that. It looks awesome. Too bad the approach is so long. Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
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Jan 31, 2013
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Thanks, Hendrixson. I wish the approach was shorter too! Red
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Feb 1, 2013
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Horses. And pack mules. Brigette
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Feb 1, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Cobra Kai
Wish I had... That would be awesome! Even just the pack mules. Red
From Tacoma, Toyota
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Feb 1, 2013
Regarding the OP, much to my chagrin I have never touched southern Arizona limestone.

However, with regard to other rock types, there is a huge swath of rock on the NW side of the Catalinas that faces almost exclusively north and west. Mendoza Canyon--mostly east and north. Elephant Head--north and west. Sabino--mostly west and north. And giant blobs of rock like Babo and the Rockfellows seem to face equally in all directions.
Charles Vernon
From Tucson, AZ
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Feb 3, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying 'Ground Affects'.
Alright, alright... my claim of south facing stone was incorrect. It must just feel like that after being blasted by the sun. Hendrixson
From Tucson, AZ
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Feb 4, 2013
Didn't mean to pile on :) It was an interesting question (for a nerd such as myself) that got me pondering. Charles Vernon
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