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Routes in Rupley Towers

Asleep at the Wheel T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bop Til You Drop T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Border Patrol T,S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chewrocka T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
ET Arete S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jabba the Butt T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Millennium Falcon T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Moving over Stone S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Obe Wan Kanobee T,S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Out on Bail S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
R-1 T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R-2 D-2 T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R-3 T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R-4 T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R-5 T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Team Toads T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Trauma Center T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Description

Classic Mt. Lemmon climbing. You must try the Rupley Routes (R1 through R4).

Getting There

On the Mt. Lemmon Hwy just below the Windy Point pullout. It used to be the second small parking area below Windy Point, but currently road construction occupies that parking. Park lower, at Punch and Judy towers and walk up the road a bit. The towers are visible from the road. Just below Rupley Towers is Tri-Level Spire, notable for the apparantly balanced block the size of an SUV.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rupley Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R-3
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R-1
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R-4
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
ET Arete
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Border Patrol
Trad, Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Bop Til You Drop
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Moving over Stone
Sport 2 pitches
R-3 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
R-1 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
R-4 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
ET Arete 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Border Patrol 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Bop Til You Drop 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Moving over Stone 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
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Paul Zander
Bern, CH
Paul Zander   Bern, CH
The sorting of routes here is a bit of a mess. Maybe there should be a north and south side? For people that don't have the guide - the beta on this site will be confusing due to missing routes and bad sorting. Get a copy of SQL III Mar 26, 2016
A little confusing to find these via directions from the current guidebook because of the 2010? construction. The trail is about 500ft from the main parking lot and starts down a short paved drainage. Follow the trail a bit right then cut left behind Tower "A" and back around to the front. Dec 11, 2012
As Vincent G. said the best approach is to go down the road. About 150 ft. below the end of the pullout a trail will lead straight down into the trees. It is better than the one that heads back up road just after stepping over the guardrail. This is a pretty good way to get to the Ribbit Wall too. Apr 3, 2008
If you have them, bring some sturdy-soled boots to scramble into this area, the amount of broken glass from the good ole boys hurling beer bottles down here is mind-boggling..goes for the whole East Windy Point area...I hiked in with trail running shoes and was OK but would have felt much safer with my boots with Vibram soles..

Also, an adjustable trekking pole is helpful for the loose scramble if you're carrying the gear, especially on the way back up.. Oct 10, 2005
The direct approach from the usual pullout (the first one downhill from Windy Point) has degraded considerably. The new culvert there has been undercut it has become pretty hairy scrambing on big loose rocks. It is safer to go down the road a bit so you are directly above the Big Pine Towers and traverse back to the Rupleys. Sep 27, 2005
This is a good area most times of year. There are routes in the shade and in the sun pretty much any time. Plenty of classic routes well worth doing in most any grade. The road construction has left the trail an absolute mess - watch out for lots of loose rock. Apr 22, 2005

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