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Routes in Rappel Rock

Baradur T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Bender-Axen T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Black Magic Woman T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Black Quacker T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Charadras T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Chiboni T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Chicken Sh*t Sandwich T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Corner, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Helm's Deep T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Lude T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Main Gate T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Not So Easy Arch T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Other Way, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Quick Death T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Rotissima Bueno T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Standard Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Storm Crow T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Voodoo Child T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Voodoo Child (direct start) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
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Elevation: 8,417 ft
GPS: 32.432, -110.793 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Oct 28, 2002 with updates
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Rappel Rock is located near the summit of Mt Lemmon at an elevation of over 9000 feet. Like the other summit crags, Rap Rock offers cool temps and spectacular views of Tucson to the south.

There are a number of high quality routes, including some of the longest moderate routes on the mountain.

Closed to climbing March 15 - June 30 Details

Getting There

Driving the Catalina Highway turning right towards the ski valley immediately prior to the village of Summerhaven. Continue through the ski valley parking lot, past a gate, and up a narrow paved road. Follow this road to the observatory where it ends. Use the gravel parking lot if you have Coronado Recreation Fee pass; otherwise park along the shoulder of the road.

Pick up the trail to the left (south) of the fenced-in antennas. After a couple minutes take the left fork onto Mt. Lemmon Trail #5. Follow the rocky road-like trail for approximately 15 minutes until you've passed a metal shed on the right. Just off trail on the left is a pipe with spring water that is safe to drink. Continue past this shed for another hundred yards until you are straight above Rappel Rock. On your left will be a climber's trail marked with cairns. Follow it downhill toward Rappel Rock and Avalon.

There is a large boulder in this area just below the trail. A few minutes on this trail will put you down in plain view of Rap Rock. Follow the trail down and around the west (right) end of two smaller formations. You will be deposited at the back side of Rap Rock. Many parties rack up here to avoid hiking back down for gear after summiting. It's also a good idea to scramble up and check out the descent.

To find the climbs, follow vague, steep trail down and around east (left) end of Rappel Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rappel Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Not So Easy Arch
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Black Quacker
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Standard Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Charadras
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bender-Axen
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Main Gate
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
The Corner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Quick Death
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Chiboni
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Helm's Deep
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Black Magic Woman
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Voodoo Child
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Lude
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Rotissima Bueno
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Baradur
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Not So Easy Arch 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Black Quacker 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Standard Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Charadras 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bender-Axen 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Main Gate 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Corner 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Quick Death 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Chiboni 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Helm's Deep 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Black Magic Woman 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Voodoo Child 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Lude 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Rotissima Bueno 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Baradur 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
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Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
Nice!! How were the temperatures? Oct 15, 2012
Jerry Cagle
Tucson, AZ
Jerry Cagle   Tucson, AZ
Does anyone ever actually rappel Rappel Rock...? Jul 20, 2012
More than enough anchors and room for more than one party Christian. Jul 10, 2006
Christian
Casa do Cacete
Christian   Casa do Cacete
What's the belay situation at the tree ledge where the first pitch of most of these climbs ends up?

Is there just one tree or other belays to be had i.e. can more than one party belay on this ledge at the same time?

Thanks Jul 10, 2006
We did this route back in 2002.

We started on the 5.9+ at the bottom for the first pitch and then did the 5.7 variation to finish out.

The hanging belay was a bit uncomfortable as I had to wait for a long while due to some rope management issues.

The chicken head pitch was fun.

Overall, the views from this route are incredible. Apr 12, 2004

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