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Routes in The Steep

Ashes S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Blue Note S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Bunkweed S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chossy Offwidth S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Delt Melt S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Dr. Evil S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Fat Bastard S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Glenn's Route S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Goldmember S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Green Monster/George of the Jungle Var. S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Johnny Rotten S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mini-me S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Not known at this time S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Slappin the Johnson S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Spiderman S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Stepping Into Blue Sky S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Stone Free S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ten Years After S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tony's Route AKA Cres-sent S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Two Birds Too Stoned S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Description

This Tony Lusk discovery is one of the best small sport crags on the mountain - has lots of stars and very few.....lemmons.

A rarity on Mt. Lemmon because its summit is reachable only by technical means. You can solo after the Two Birds anchor or do a 2nd sparsely-protected pitch of Spiderman to get to the top.

Getting There

To locate on topo map, look about 1.5 mi south of Summerhaven, and about 1000 ft west of the upper Sabino gaging station. Approach via Aspen Trail.

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jaspur Chafer
tucson,az
jaspur Chafer   tucson,az
Climbed george of the jungle today. Grabbed onto a jug on a chest sized block below the second overhang On the prow of the arete. It flexed hard. It's gonna pop off any day. Pretty big rock to send down at your belayer. I climbed around it to the right. Be careful folks. It's too bad. Seems like it was part of the route. There's chalk all over it. Not sure if glue would help. Pretty sure a crowbar would.Didn't know what to do but in retrospect I shoulda marked it With a chalk x or something. Sorry.There's a picture of Vince bates grabbing just under the block with his left hand on the George of the jungle page Jul 15, 2015
Wally
Denver
Wally   Denver
For the first time visitor, this place was tough to find. To get to The Steep, first drive to Summerhaven, and then continue on the road past Summerhaven (as noted above, generally in a southern direction) 1.0 miles to the end of the road, noted as Marshall Gulch. The Aspen trail trail begins at Marshall Gulch.

As noted above, the climbers trail is pretty obvious, on the left, just after the Aspen trail makes a sharp right turn. Perhaps 15 minutes of hiking on the Aspen trail, and then an additional 10 minutes of hiking on the climbers trail.

Cool area - thanks for the obvious development efforts. Wally May 13, 2013
Gtorres, I believe you mean Aspen Trail. Aug 8, 2011
gtorres  
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is the start of the Alpine trail for those who have never been there. Cairns are a ways up the trail on the left side and you can kinda make out a trail starting to the left where the cairns are. The tree stump bench is about halfway between the first cairn and the start of the Alpine trail. Aug 8, 2011
RyanJohnson
Tucson, Arizona
RyanJohnson   Tucson, Arizona
While the tree is still against the rock it is no longer a pain getting to the anchors on Delt Melt or Cres-sent. At least not since I put on my arborist hat. Jul 16, 2010
Jimbo  
Awesome, now I can finally get to the anchors on Delt melt. The tree can't be harder than 5.10!! May 30, 2010
Hendrixson
Tucson, AZ
Hendrixson   Tucson, AZ
A tree toppled and is currently resting near the anchors of Delt Melt.

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Numerous other fallen trees are obscuring the approach path. Kane and I removed the smaller ones and added additional cairns. May 29, 2010
Myk BROWN
tucson, az
Myk BROWN   tucson, az
Anybody have any GPS cords for the Steep? Jun 22, 2009
jbak  
I think there have been more people at the Steep already this summer than in the previous 10 years COMBINED. Jul 31, 2008
jbak  
I haven't been authorized to discuss this topic. Jul 11, 2008
Hey Jbak, in light of the recent development of the Helmet and the fact that the Orifice Wall has been around for a while I think it might of been Vince who suggested that the steep be renamed The Not So Steep. What do you think of Vince's idea if it was his at all? Should we start a forum? :):):) How do you like them smiles Braxton? This old dog may be slow but I can still learn. Jul 11, 2008
GRupp  
thx JB
G Jul 19, 2007
Christian
Casa do Cacete
Christian   Casa do Cacete
There's also some fun moderate climbs there and it's a great place for some variety i.e. for climbing some 10s with a lot of overhanging but juggy sections.

There's a couple of 5.8s down and around the corner to the right that can be used to warm up for the three 10s. Haven't tried the 11As yet but they look pretty stiff..

To get to the Steep, leave the main trail near the top of the hill where it makes a sharp right turn and immediately look for a cairn on a chopped tree up and to the left... Dec 21, 2006
This place is great! I have yet to climb anything I didn't think was worth doing. The only problem is that many of the anchors are placed in a location that causes them to run over some edges. Some do not have chains so you will want to bring some one inch webbing to replace what is there. Or better yet bring some quick links and some chains two or three sets ought to do it. Jun 26, 2006

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