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Amateur Hour Crag 5 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Astoria 1 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Boot Hill 9 / 27 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Bug Spring Wall 8 / 15 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Business Time Wall 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Choo Choo Rock 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Club Med 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Crags Against Humanity 2 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Five-Thirteen Wall 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Forgotten Wall, Control Tower & Up The Creek Wall 14 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 44
Garc Onilom 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Gatehouse, The 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hairpin Boulders 0 / 2 / 2 / 54 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 56
Hairpin Turn Area 10 / 31 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Hidden Jewels 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
It Cliff 1 / 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Keyhole Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lost Wall 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Molino Basin Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Pinhead Wall 5 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Prison Camp (Gordon Hirabayashi) Area 24 / 23 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 42
Rivendell 1 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 10
Ruins, The 7 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Stonewall (aka Airmen Peak) 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Sun Spot Crags 15 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 43
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crag 4 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Wall of the Flying Scorpions 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Weathertop 9 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16

Description

This area covers climbs from the bottom of the highway (milepost 0) up to Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.6).

The lower portion of the Catalina Highway offers varied climbing in a Sonoran Desert setting. Warm temps among towering saguaro cactus make climbing here a unique experience.

Rock quality in this area tends to be poorer and more varied than higher on the mountain, so take that under consideration. Still, in the winter months, the crags here are hard to beat for climate and accessibility.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 1 - Lower Highway

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5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
St. Valentines Day Massacre
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cheers
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
On the Rocks
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Blood Book
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Big Bull
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Medicine Bag
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Virgin's Airline
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
English Breakfast Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Black Feather
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
It Crack
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Solar E-clips
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Sentenced To Hang
Sport
St. Valentines Day Massacre Prison Camp (Gord… > Mr. Meanor Wall 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Sport
Guanica Hairpin Turn Area > Left Hand Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Cheers Boot Hill 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
On the Rocks Boot Hill 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Blood Book Forgotten Wall, Control Tower &… 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Big Bull Hairpin Turn Area > Backhand Wall 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Medicine Bag Ruins 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Virgin's Airline Forgotten Wall, Control Tower &… 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
English Breakfast Crack Sun Spot Crags 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Black Feather Ruins 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Go Speed Racer Pinhead Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
It Crack It Cliff 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Armed Robbery Prison Camp (Gord… > Jailhouse Rock 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Solar E-clips Sun Spot Crags 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sentenced To Hang Prison Camp (Gord… > Jailhouse Rock 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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jbak  
The Bertelstones !! Dec 16, 2016
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
The area in question is now listed as Crags Against Humanity . The three original routes have been included along with 12 new lines. Enjoy! Dec 15, 2016
mikehilbert
Tucson, AZ
mikehilbert   Tucson, AZ
As yet, the crag in question here (just off the road on the right going downhill from Molino Vista) is still not listed on MP and I'm unable to find any beta beyond this thread. So, I'll throw in my 2 cents...

I found three bolted lines. From left to right, they go 5.10a, 5.9, and 5.6 (imo). Leftmost climb offers a contrived 5.10a first half, then fun juggy climbing above. Middle climb sports a blocky start up to a roof/arete, pulling left around the arete is the fun 5.9 crux (watch crumbly left hand sidepull here - it blew on me). Rightmost climb is a blocky 5.6 that is consistent to the grade the entire way with solid clipping stances making for a good potential first lead. There may be other lines here that I didn't see (since bolts and chains are camoed) but I took a pretty thorough look around.

Some of the rock here is hollow/crumbly and belayers should definitely wear a helmet. Nice camoed bolts and 2 minute approach. Still unsure of who put it up but thanks for bolting and camoing! Curious to know the FA's thoughts on names/ratings for these climbs. Oct 18, 2015
JMo
Tucson, AZ
JMo   Tucson, AZ
does the left one have you repeatedly returning to blocky holds on the arete and clipping bolts out right, and at one point committing briefly right to a questionable flake with a fingerlock and then an undercling? if so, then i say (at the risk of incurring The Interwebzian Wrath of Jimbo), that i disagree and found it superfun. definitely pull on stuff with caution. Oct 6, 2015
Derek Anderson
Tucson,AZ
Derek Anderson   Tucson,AZ
cool ty for the info/beta.. I kind of leaned that way on the bolted lines aswell Jim. Seemed the left one was contrived. Jan 17, 2011
Jimbo  
EFR and I stopped by several weeks ago and did the 3 bolted lines.

The two on the right were good. Worth the stop for sure. 5.9ish maybe easy .10.

The left hand one was bolted strangly and contrived if you tried to stay one the line of the bolts. Still worth doing but the worst of the 3 for sure. Some 5.10 moving on this one. Jan 11, 2011
Derek Anderson
Tucson,AZ
Derek Anderson   Tucson,AZ
Cool , thanks for the info. Chris/Jimbo if you get a chance
to try the bolted lines there let us know what you think, ;) Jan 10, 2011
I climbed several trad lines on those cliffs but never got around to actually bolting anything, and I think Tony Lusk said they climbed there WAY back in the day. A couple months ago I saw some folks on that wall so I'd expect they placed the hardware. Not sure who it was. What I did climb was fun enough given the amount of effort needed to get to the crag. Rock quality varies greatly. Jan 2, 2011
Jimbo  
Chris Pruitt did these routes I believe. PM him for more info. He also did a bunch of stuff at the Butterfly Wall. Dec 29, 2010
Derek Anderson
Tucson,AZ
Derek Anderson   Tucson,AZ
Hello fellow Mountainprojectors(ha) Just wondering if anyone could help me find out any beta for an area. The crag is just before the pay station and the pull out everyone shoots at, It has 3 bolted lines up the first face( directly off the road)with various trad slings on other lines in the surrounding area. I see people climb here a lot, but I'm not sure on the beta. Any info would be helpful! Thanks and climb on! Dec 27, 2010

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