Cochise Stronghold Campground and "Cochise Trail" Boulders Climbing
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DescriptionThis area is not new. The bouldering has yet to be listed in mountainproject. This is just the beginning of the bouldering, which seems to see little traffic. The information within drtopo.com for this area and with Tyler McMillen's guide "Tucson Bouldering" are a great reference point for this area. They just touch the surface, as this vast area, known for its sport and trad routes eclipses the bouldering. That being said, the bouldering is extensive, just under-looked. The rock features beautiful contrasts between the granite and the green and black/grey lichen. A combination of abrasive to slick pad friendly and pad-eating rock is in abundance.
Also see Scott Ayers' and Tanya Bok's website cochiseclimbing.com/boulder… . They managed to find an old topo/route listing from The Beanfest Outdoor Bouldering Competition, circa 1990, that has a a detailed map of boulder problems, far more than a "get started" guide. The routes are listed in the B Scale and by point value from the competition. The topo is a great reference for anybody looking to boulder and have an idea what was established, as the area in not frequented with bouldering traffic and potentially will lack chalk, to denote a possible ascent.
Getting ThereSee information for driving from the main Cochise Stronghold page. To reach the campground boulders is easy:
The classic Bob Murray problem "The North Face of Firepit Rock(V8)and (V9/10), is just right of the park pay station on the left facing flake. The variations depend if you start with a cheat stone or start at the obvious left-hand undercling.
Just before the pay station are a few boulders, by the split "one way only" signs that support a few high-quality routes on a road-side boulder with high-ball down-climbs
The classic left-leaning crack(V4, since a key hold broke 70% up the route) and sit-start dihedral(V/3) are just past the bathrooms and right about 25 yards(there are also some slabs and other faces there)
-The streambed/trailside boulders seem virtually undeveloped, with only two-dozen or so listed routes in the guides. To get here, follow the "walk of nature trail loop", either right or left, until you run into the Cochise Trail. Follow the Cochise Trail, up and right until you reach boulders directly off the trail. These are the main close concentration of close boulders. There are about two-doven obviously developed problems, with room for an abundance of aesthetic seemingly undeveloped routes just up the hill at the bottom of the streambed. Please enjoy and bring a few crashpads.
Classic Climbing Routes at Cochise Stronghold Campground and "Cochise Trail" Boulders
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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