West Face/ Southwest Arete Rock Climbing
Routes in West Face/ Southwest Arete
|Born of Water T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Cloud Man Got Angry T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Crystal Line T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Forbes Route (East Approach) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|Forbes Route (West Approach) T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|I'itoi Dance T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Watcher of the Skies S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Shared By:||epsilon on Nov 27, 2002|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
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DescriptionWhen approaching from the West side (Baboquivari Camp), there is an easy to follow pack trail to the Lion's Ledge. When I last went on Sept '01 there was a gauntlet of cat's claw and pointy branches on the trail, so long pants are recommended. Also recommended are a high clearance vehicle for the 12mi dirt road to the camp and trip scheduling on a cool day. On a hot day on hot rocks, 4L went easily. Leave extra gear near base of the Great Ramp. From there, the trail to the West side climbs and the Southwest arete goes through brush and descends shortly through a rock hole. In general, stay near the wall when following this trail on the Lion's Ledge. The trail ascends to a west-facing arete, then descends (past a bolted route next to a water stain near the base), then ascends to the SW arete. The arete base is wide and the start of the route is easy to pass unless you keep a eye out for the identifying landmarks (ridge of hills leading to the arete, dead pine tree and groove to right). A compass and topo map might help save time on a first trip.
West Face Area: Booty!! Mine, all mine! I found an aid-hook at the base of the West face in the vicinity of several relatively new bolted routes not mentioned in Kerry's Backcountry guide. First ascentionists can get the gear back in exchange for new route info posted to this site.
Overhead shot of the SW arete:http://www.hikearizona.com/trails/tucson/baboquivari/babo2.jpg
Death on the Lion's Ledge:http://isaac.exploratorium.edu/~pauld/climbing/baboquivari/photos/coatamundi.jpeg Poor coati wasn't smelling too fresh a month after that photo was taken.
Caution: Human and Drug Trafficking Details
Traffic from drug smuggling and illegal immigration is high in this area. Exercise caution. US Border Patrol recommends avoiding this area completely after dark.
Classic Climbing Routes at West Face/ Southwest Arete
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