Pone Tony aka Pone Town Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Unnamed (Above Bone Town)
|Portions of the approach and cliffs of this area are on private land. MORE INFO >>>|
NOTE: Be aware that many of these climbs are directly above climbs at Bonetown. Pay attention to what's below you, don't trundle rocks and use extreme caution if there are climbers below you, or even better, move over to a climb that is not above them!
This area was developed by Scott Ayers and Dan Cohen and features a nice group of long (60 to 80 feet) 5.10 to 5.11 climbs with a few 8s/9s to warm-up on. It's a good area for the start of the day because many of the routes on the right start on easier ground and get progressively harder, giving you a long warm-up before you get to the crux. This west facing cliff is shady in the morning and gets sun after about 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. The rock is OK quality with many routes (even an 8!) that pull a small roof. And the roof often isn't the crux! This area is nice if you're new to the Homestead because the climbing is a little less intense but still requires technique.
The trail is on the right as you head up-canyon shortly after arriving at the welcome wall and is marked with a cairn. It does a few switchbacks before you reach the wall, but is only about a 5 minute walk from the bottom of the canyon. If you get to Bonetown, you missed the trail.
Weather station 14.9 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Pone Tony aka Pone Town
Unnamed1 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : Pone Tony aka Pone Town
Climbs up a corner system using plenty of stemming and a little lieback. Gets steeper right before the chains. It's 5.8, but you have to actually pay attention to get through it. Movement is not entirely intuitive and the stemming is on rock that doesn't feel as sticky as you'd hope. I only give this one star, but if you love stemming and are in the mood for something different from most of Homestead, this may be for you! Bolts to carabiners at anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
By David Stephens
From: Spokane WA.
Feb 14, 2014
"Really fun climbing and would get three stars, but the bottom third is on heavily fractured rock (aka "Choss"). Belayer should stand to the right and wear a helmet"....Climbers with helmets kicking stone and screaming rock onto the climbers below with out helmets. Good thing the back board is at Bone Town!
By Eric Sophiea
Feb 14, 2014
Good point, David. Climbers at this area need to realize that they are potentially above other climbers that are on Bonetown. Just like Mouse Wall; if there are climbers below you use extreme caution, or, better yet, move over to a route that isn't above them! I'll add this to the area description. Thanks for the input!
Just my personal opinion: Everyone should wear helmets in an environment like Homestead. There are hundreds of feet of loose stone above you all the time, no matter how clean the route you're on is. I've had squirrels send down huge rocks while I was canyoneering. The cliffs are there because of geomorphological events; everything is moving downhill all the time. Accept it and put a helmet on or accept it and don't put a helmet on.