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Tufa Yard Dash 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a [details]
FA: unknown, EB Kevin
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Submitted By: Red on Oct 23, 2009
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Tufa Yard Dash
Portions of the approach and cliffs of this area are on private land. MORE INFO >>>


  • DO NOT CLIMB ON TUFAS AFTER HEAVY RAINS OR IF THE WALL APPEARS WET! Tufas are very fragile and break really easily when wet. Don't ruin climbs for everyone else!*

The largest single climbable tufa at the Homestead. Climb up HUGE tufa / face to inverted buckets to anchors. Amazing climb!


This route is located at the far right side of Tufa City just prior to Marley Wall. Base of the climb is 20 feet up the wall, fixed rope access. It is the second of the four routes (from left to right) at this belay station.


13 Bolts. Biners at anchors.

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Kevin on (his) FFA two years after the the Fact.
Kevin on (his) FFA two years after the the Fact.
Photo by Nick W. Taken from Johns Meat Market.
Photo by Nick W. Taken from Johns Meat Market.
the pumpy jugfest after the tufas and before the rightward traverse
the pumpy jugfest after the tufas and before the r...
Ed lovin the cool tufas <br />Tufa Yard Dash (5.11)
Ed lovin the cool tufas
Tufa Yard Dash (5.11)
Matt Switanek on the cool stuff.
Matt Switanek on the cool stuff.
Tufa Yard Dash  <br />
Tufa Yard Dash
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By BenClimbing
Dec 7, 2009
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

This is an indescribably incredible route and the bolt placements are very nicely done. Just to reiterate though, tufas that protrude farther from the wall than their own width are extremely vulnerable to breaking if lateral force is applied to them. Please try to tread softly on this route and stay off anytime you notice the wall is seeping and/or shortly after rainfall. Don't be responsible for this route being tragically ruined! Thanx.

By BenClimbing
Dec 10, 2009
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

I checked in with Fred and learned that he named this route "John's Meat Market".

By BenClimbing
Dec 11, 2009
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Cool beans. Thanx Red. BTW, the route is about 70' from the belay ledge and 80' to the ground.

By Red
From: Arizona
Dec 29, 2009

Edit: John's Meat Market is two routes to the right. This route is called Tufa Yard Dash. TYD was bolted by Kevin ? from Oregon. I figured this out when we ran into Kevin on our way out / his way in to the Stead on 12-20-09.

By BenClimbing
Dec 29, 2009
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Cool. Strange series of mistakes led to these lines getting confused but it's good that it's all straightened out now. Great route.

By David Stephens
From: Spokane WA.
Jan 2, 2010

This was the first time scene Kevin bolted the line (Jan 07) that we were able to climb on it Dry...if there could only be one 4 star route at the Stead this would be it!

By Joel Unema
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 19, 2010
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

This route is the absolute best tufa jug haul at the stead. Thought it was Freds line, but I guess that is to the right. Climb it!

By RyanJames
Jan 2, 2011
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Certainly one of the best routes at the Stead!

One of the best bolted 5.11's in America? Quite possibly.

By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 29, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

This has got to be one of the best lines in Southern Arizona. Fantastic!

By K-Tanz
Mar 7, 2011
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Definitely the most uniquely featured climb I have ever been on. Maybe my favorite route in AZ. 40-50 feet of amazing tufa pulling to a no hands rest into an absolute overhung bucket-fest. Definitely pumpy. Blew off the move to the finishing mantle a bunch of times from the pump. Highly recommended!

By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Feb 1, 2012

Truly a super classic!! The juice is worth the squeeze, and spot on for the grade.

By Joseph M.
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 17, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

Awesome route through amazing features! Glad to have gotten the on-sight and look forward to doing this route every time I am at the Homestead!!

By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 23, 2012

There are at least 3 and maybe 5 no hands rests on this route. If you think it is hard or pumpy you are not using the rests.

By shotgunnelson
Jan 25, 2013

One of the best bolted elevens in the country. I smiled the whole time I was climbing this thing

By Rstrang
From: Santa Fe, NM
Jan 1, 2014
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

+1 to above
Possibly the best 5.11 I've ever done!!!!