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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Oct 24, 2011
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Upper Mendoza, the Potato and the Bullet. Jeff May...

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The Bullet is the right of two large domes on the upper left skyline of Mendoza, with the left-hand dome being the Potato. From lowest point to summit it is about 900', yielding what may be the longest climbs in Mendoza. The rock on the north face is high-quality and seemed consistently better than the lower, more popular domes. There are at least 3 established routes, ranging from 5.9 to 5.11. Collectively, these routes have probably seen less than a dozen ascents. The Bullet offers much more shade than the more popular climbs lower in the canyon and hence can be comfortably climbed much earlier in the fall. Conversely, it might be a bit chilly in Dec.-Feb. which are often thought of as prime Mendoza season.

Getting There 

The approach is not as bad as you think. Approach as for Table Dome, but where the drainage forks just before that cliff, take the left branch. Very nice hiking (surprisingly little nasty vegetation) leads to a large slabby open area; here take a smaller drainage, marked by a cairn that leads up to the base of the Bullet (note that another route, also marked by cairns, continues up the main drainage to the White Walls). This last bit is pretty brushy in places but hardly heinous. Thanks to Jeff Mayhew, the entire route is well-marked with cairns.

Took us about 2 and a half hours at a moderate pace. I thought it was easier and shorter than the approaches to Table Mt. and Leviathan Dome.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bullet :
Lock and Load   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   
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Lock and Load 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : The Bullet
Lock and Load is a great adventure route that climbs the longest aspect of the Bullet. The first 5 or 6 pitches are excellent; the last few pitches are not as good, but worth doing to attain an awesome summit that few visit. This route is 3 stars on a "Southern Arizona Backcountry" scale, rather than a "Sierra Nevada" scale.Jeff Mayhew and Chuck Lipinski first tried the route in 1986, completing the first 3 pitches but using aid on the intricate 3rd pitch. Jeff came back with Jason Wor...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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