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Submitted By: jbak on Apr 5, 2013
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A rotten little crag. You probably don't want to go there.

Before there was a gym in Tucson, I used to come out to TV to boulder after work. I'd look up at this cliff and try to picture routes. The first time I went up and looked at it up close, I was spooked by all the big loose blocks. It was scary just to stand under it. When Joe and I worked up the nerve to rap down it, we ended up prying off hundreds of pounds of loose stuff. It is WAY cleaner now.

We also found several fixed pieces and quite a few old bolts on the upper part of the face where the rock is more solid. Apparently there was a "portaledge party" (don't ask) here in the early 80s.

Getting There 

Crag looms above Sandbox area of upper falls.

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tool Shed:
Foreclosure   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Don't Ask   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Don't Tell   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Wienie Roast   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Storming The Castle   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
The Crying Game   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 45'   
Eye Of The Tiger   5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
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Eye Of The Tiger 5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b  AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : The Tool Shed
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Busy day at Shed with La Tigrita.
Busy day at Shed with La Tigrita.
Left to right, Jeremy on Foreclosure, Dom on Eye of the Tiger and Peter on Storming the Castle.
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Tool Shed: Right End Overview (February 2014)
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By Steve Pulver
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 6, 2013

where do you park?

By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 7, 2013

If it's sunny, probably needs to be below 65F for a high to be even remotely comfortable after 10 or 11 AM. I can show you where it is next winter if better directions have not been posted by then.

By jbak
Apr 7, 2013

Park as for upper falls.

By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 8, 2013


Page 13 has a map and description of the bouldering in the Tanque Verde Wash, at the fork head left slightly uphill towards "cliff" instead of down into wash. Pretty easy to see the formation from the road.

approx parking coordinates

PS Link above is dead now, I have this on my computer somewhere if anybody needs it.

By jbak
Apr 8, 2013

Good link Christian. The word "cliff" on page 13 IS the Shed.

By Steve Pulver
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 15, 2013


By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Jan 31, 2014

Getting to the Shed? With the link not working should I message Christian or can somebody write out a brief description. Is it just at the end of Tanque Verde?
Thank you for your time to respond.

By jbak
Feb 1, 2014

Click on image to enlarge.

There are 2 trails heading out of the upper falls parking area. One heads south, one heads east. Take the one heading EAST. From the start of the east trail, you can see the crag if you look straight east.

As you get near the crag, keep an eye out for a side trail branching LEFT just before the main trail heads down to the wash. If you get to where the main trail goes steeply down to the wash, you have missed the branch.

As the side trail gets really near the crag, another branch (to the RIGHT) contours directly over to the base of the crag. If you get to the ridge-top even with the TOP of the crag, you have missed THAT branch.

The approach is 10 minutes, mostly flat.

trail to shed
trail to shed

By jbak
Feb 1, 2014

Closer view looking east from upper falls parking.

closer view looking east
closer view looking east

By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Feb 5, 2014

Thank you