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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crag  


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Location: 32.3127, -110.743 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: NickMartel on Apr 16, 2012
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Description 

North facing cliff up the South hillside of the hairpin turn canyon. The cliff is the South (left) side of a narrow (4-12' wide) canyon that can be seen from the hairpin turn parking pullout. Because the canyon is so narrow boulders have gotten wedged in the canyon and sand and rock have filled in the up canyon side of them creating several flat terraces to belay from.

All the hardware has been camouflaged to match to rock color.

Getting There 

Park at the hairpin turn parking pullout. Cross the road. After passing a 2' wide metal drainage pipe and pile or jumbled rocks on the left side of the road head up hill via a smallish drainage. Just before reaching the cliffs exit the drainage to the right and follow the natural rock stairs up the right side of the canyon. You will be at the base of a 8' tall boulder blocking the way to the upper canyon. Scale the boulder and set down your gear on either the main terrace or up at the top of the canyon.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.0 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',6],['5.10',4],['5.11',0],['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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crag:
Shredder   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Donatello   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Michelangelo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Raphael   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Kristina standing on the main terrace.
Kristina standing on the main terrace.
View from the crag to Catalina hwy.
View from the crag to Catalina hwy.

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By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 16, 2012
This is a new area low on the mountain where the rock is much more crumbly and so it still has some loose rock.
WEAR A HELMET!!!
Nothing big has come off for at least a month but small pebbles still come off almost every pitch so WEAR A HELMET and knock em down!

ENJOY!
By Hendrixson
Administrator
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 16, 2012
Thanks for reposting this crag. I look forward to checking it out.
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 16, 2012
After getting feedback from some older and wiser climbers than us Kristina and I decided to take it down until we finished camouflaging all the hardware.
By Hendrixson
Administrator
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 17, 2012
What is the first route encountered? The route to the left of April O'Neal. Seemed harder but on lesser rock than April O'Neal. The bolting at the start is odd and very tight.

We had fun on the two routes we did before getting rained out.
By Andrew Megas-Russell
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 12, 2013
This crag is super accessible and is packed tight with routes. The movement is fun. The bolting is very generous... body length bolted. It doesn't seem to match up with the style of other bolted routes on Mt. Lemmon... meaning less bold and sometimes awkwardly placed bolts. The grades also seem a bit soft for the area. That being said, if you are visiting town and get scared on some of the other great classic southern AZ routes on mt. lemmon, this is the place for you.
By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 13, 2013
I've never been to this crag, but it seems strange to single it out as not matching up with the style of other bolted routes on Mt. Lemmon. There are tons of newer bolted areas where the bolts are close together. Raycreation, Ridgeline, Munchkinland, Rivendell, just to name a few.
By Kyle O
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 1, 2013
Fun place to climb and very accessible. Thanks for all the hard work putting this area up!
By jaspur
From: tucson,az
Feb 20, 2014
this area is great. i love the rock here.fun climbs all the 9+ feel pretty close to 10a.worthy. didnt get to the 10b and 10d.gotta go back. comfy crag but a few of the belays are a lil scetch. had a lot of fun though. the 5.6 is a good first lead.hit 5 onsights in 1 day. great movement. a little over protected but makes it a great crag for the aspiring 9+ leader. good job guys. thanx for the time and money spent
By mitchl
Nov 13, 2014
- Wear a HELMET
- I have now climbed all the routes, and there isn't a discernible difference to me in the ratings: all the routes are ~5.9+ to 5.10 (with the exception of the 5.5)
- All the routes require a lot of footwork, i.e. trusting small (~0.25") ledges.
- Don't expect 5-finger handholds (nor should you at these ratings); mainly fingertip grips and pinches (resulting in pumped forearms) and some stretchy mantles
- You can climb the 5.5 and transfer (traverse) the anchor to the harder routes and top-rope them if you don't want to lead
- THANKS for your work in putting up these routes!