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Routes in Courthouse Butte

A Day in Court T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R
Coyote Tower T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Flip Wilson Route (aka I'll be the judge of that!) T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Justice of the Peace T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Prosecutor, The T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
South Bowl Route (Right) T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Description

Courthouse Butte is the humongous looking mesa formation that sits just east of Bell Rock (Oak Creek Villages). There are only a handful of routes on this massive formation. I believe the first ascent was done many years back (early 1900's) by a Flagstaff hiking club, but haven't found any documentation to back this up yet.

Getting There

Park in the main Bell Rock trailhead across from the Bike 'n Bean bike shop. Take good (golf cart quality) wide trail right over to Courthouse Butte.

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J. Snyder
Flagstaff, Arizona
J. Snyder   Flagstaff, Arizona
Not certain on the validity but I believe that the "first" climb of Sedona and Courthouse dates back to the 1930's and was accessed via the 'Rib Route' on the South Side of Courthouse. I believe this pre-dates the for mentioned Butchard recollection. Not sure if this is blended history though... Apr 18, 2016
Scott M. McNamara
Tucson, Arizona
Scott M. McNamara   Tucson, Arizona
First(non-indigenous)recorded ascent probably----Lumberjack Hikers—ASC [now NAU] hiking club (early 1950's) i.e. Dr. Harvey Butchard & Boyd Moore.

According to Grand Obsession, Butler & Myers, Puma Press, 2007, p.104--- Dr. Butchard wrote a friend:

You have now found out what my most skillful and daring climb is like, Courthouse Butte. Boyd Moore and I did that...I carried a light rope ahead with me but there was no thought of belaying the leader. At one place I recall shinnying up a column of rock as one might climb a fairly large pine. I braced and held the rope for Boyd to follow...I used to say that if I would do that two more times, I would kill myself at least once.

amazon.com/Grand-Obsession-… Apr 17, 2016

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