Elevation: 7,365 ft
GPS: 32.4, -110.716 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Antoine Horness on Aug 12, 2008 with updates from Robert Hall
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Description

This wall is a southern facing low angle wall. It is a great place to climb early in the morning during the summer and all day from fall to spring. Many of the climbs have been done with snow at the base in a light fleece and wind pants.

Most of the routes are 195' with chains at 95' and chains at the top. The routes can all be done as single pitches or in two 95' pitches. These were the first routes bolted at the area. The rock is top quality with nice exposure and over 1755' of vertical climbing on this wall. Bring your quickdraws - you need at least 22 quick draws to these routes in one long pitch!!

All of these routes require a 60 meter rope. Danger, don't bring any short ropes here! Do not belay from the log below the ledge - you will not have enough rope with a 60 meter rope. Use the safety bolt on the ledge for SWTA, Biaxident and 7 Year Itch

Getting There

Take Mt Lemmon highway to MP 19.4 (just before Ranger Station) take a left* onto Organization Ridge road, go 0.3 miles and park at Palisades Trailhead parking. Walk 50'-100 ft further on the road in the direction you have been driving to the path on the left. (photo.) Go uphill to black stump, follow the well-worn path and cairns to a large cairn (photo) about 10min in. Left goes to Boy Scout wall, straight ahead goes to Cave Wall, Tall Wall and Incinerated Ridge. You come out on the top of Cave /Tall Wall (15-20 min from car). Go right and down over some slabs to reach the climber’s-left side of “Incinerated”. From the top another path seemed to lead left and down, presumably to the far right side of Cave. * The gate may appear to be CLOSED until you drive right up to it. Once you are down at Incinerated Wall, a short steep path leads from the far right side down to the base of Tall Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tall Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Surfing With the Alien
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Biaxident
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Thought's of Strassman And Cochise
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surfing With the Alien
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Biaxident
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Thought's of Strassman And…
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
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David Lammers
Grand Junction, CO
David Lammers   Grand Junction, CO
Due to the Southern Aspect this area can get warm in spring and fall. Probably best in winter. The trees around this area were all burned in the fire but are still standing as snags. Best to avoid the area during a strong wind event because these dead trees can fall down. Also, bring a tarp for some extra shade. Oct 27, 2008
Brandon Garms
Tucson, Arizona
Brandon Garms   Tucson, Arizona
I really enjoyed climbing here. Although there really was not any place to flake your rope this place is more then worth it. The rock here is really good and nicely featured compared to Incinerated Ridge.

The rappel stations were placed comfortably just be sure to throw out your rope far enough because its easy for it to get caught on some of the bulges. May 25, 2009
Jimbo  
Found a watch at the bottom of the Tall Wall today. PM me to identify it and I'll get it back to you.

Apr 20, 2010
Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
Jon Ruland   Tucson, AZ
i love tall wall. lots of moderate slab at the bottom with cool chicken heads and alligator skin up top. and friendly bolting too! Jun 21, 2010
Robert Hunter
Tucson, AZ
Robert Hunter   Tucson, AZ
(32.39958°,-110.71572°,7355ʹ) : WGS84 Aug 2, 2010
Alex McIntyre
Tucson, AZ
Alex McIntyre   Tucson, AZ
I love Tall Wall! Fun, moderate and long routes! Took a few friends on their first multipitches here today and it was perfect. Cool chicken heads and plates at the top, with fun slab down low. Crushed off a couple of small flakes under my weight but nothing major. A great area! Jul 14, 2011