Elevation: 5,085 ft
GPS: 31.875, -110.015 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Aug 20, 2002
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Cochise Stronghold is a spectacular landscape of rugged canyons and towering granite domes. While those seeking traditional, multi pitch climbing will have a special appreciation for climbing here in the Dragoon Mountains, Isle of You offers an opportunity for the sport-inclined clip-up artist to enjoy this beautiful landscape.

There are three adjacent rocks that comprise this area; Rad Rock, Trad Rock, and Glad Rock. They host several excellent climbs of varying grade from 5.6 and up. But beware, the easier climbs tend to be on lower angle slabs. For some climbers, broken ankles have been the price of a blown clip.

Bring a 60 m rope and quickdraws.

In regard to new lines, ask yourself if you are truly contributing something of quality to the area. While there is lots of rock in the Stronghold, most of it has been explored and you may be looking at a line that has already been done! Ask around and, please, think before you drill.

Additionally, this area is of great cultural significance to many people. Treat it with due respect.

Though it does not affect Isle of You, a large portion of the climbing in Cochise Stronghold is closed annually for raptor nesting. Current closures are from February 15 - June 30 and include the entire Rockfellow Group and What's My Line Dome. Check with the Forest Service for changes and current closures.

For more information and some interesting background on Cochise Stronghold, see Bob Kerry's guide 'Backcountry Climbing in Southern Arizona.'

Getting There

From Tucson, had east on I-10 to exit #303 (Tombstone/Bisbee). Turn right (south) on Arizona Highway 80 and drive for about 20 miles. Just before Tombstone, turn left onto Middlemarch Road. Follow this rough gravel road for almost ten miles to Forest Road 687. Make a left, towards the West Stronghold and follow this dirt road another two miles north. Make a final right turn on a dirt road that leads to a circular parking area. The crags are visible from the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Isle of You

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 118
OK Corral
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 97
Baby Jr.
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 48
Rabbits Feat
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 66
Stone Woman
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 107
Isle of You
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Now It's My Turn
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 17
Hairs on Fire
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 79
Jizzneyland
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Fire in the Hole
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Hell in a Handbasket
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 24
The Chosen One
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Liquor and Porn
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Ass Over Teacup
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Hotter than a Three Peckered Goat
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Caught in the Crotch Fire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
OK Corral Trad Rock
 118
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Baby Jr. Trad Rock
 97
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Rabbits Feat Trad Rock
 48
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Stone Woman Trad Rock
 66
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Isle of You Trad Rock
 107
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Now It's My Turn Trad Rock
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Hairs on Fire Rad Rock
 17
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Sport
Jizzneyland Trad Rock
 79
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Fire in the Hole Rad Rock
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hell in a Handbasket Trad Rock
 13
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Chosen One Trad Rock
 24
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Liquor and Porn Rad Rock
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Ass Over Teacup Trad Rock
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Hotter than a Three Peckere… Rad Rock
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Caught in the Crotch Fire Rad Rock
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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