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Routes in Sandwich Spire East Face

Tucson Goes to New York S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Description

The west face of the spire gets shade most of the day until about 2-3 pm. The "engaging" approach makes this area fairly secluded. If you like 5.11 clip-ups and crimps, this is the place for you. Please beware - we were here early September 2007 and there is a beehive at the top of Wish Sandwich - my friend took several stings to the face. They aren't nice bees.

Getting There

There are a couple of ways to get here. One is from below (park at Green Slabs) one is from above (park at Windy Point). We did the latter, so that is what is described here, see the Guide if you want more. In my humble opinion, I think the best way is to approach via Turret Rock although approaching from Beaver Wall is also a viable option (see Aves tower or guide for description). Descend to the base of the practice wall, contouring below onto some small rock ledges. The trail should be obvious - contour down this slope, along a wall, heading left into a steep-ish gap in the rocks. You've found Bare Ass and Turret Rock, congrats. The large wall in front of you after the gap is Turret - continue SW to the "toe". Now you should be on a gravely/grassy downslope - keep heading SSW and you should start to see some cairns. Follow these down into a gully that has quite a bit of overgrowth - good luck w/ the trail just follow the copious cairns. Follow this gully quite aways (5-10 min) until it levels out a bit and you should begin to see the tops of Agave Spires. Looking left - basically south, you should see the tops of two fins/spires nestled together. If they aren't nestled, you're at the wrong spires. Continue through the notch to the west face - you can rappel from the very top w/ bolts or from the "toe" where there are chains and a beehive. We walked down the gully - not too bad if you're careful. Total travel time - 25-30 min if you know where you're going. Sorry if this description sucks - it's a hard place to get to, go with someone who knows how to get there.

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