Elevation: 2,500 ft
GPS: 32.33746, -110.69046
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 11, 2010
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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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Catalina Highway

697 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at 1 - Lower Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 137
Moral Ambiguity
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 110
Hindsight is 2020
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 146
Spontaneous Conga Line
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 132
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 142
Walking the Plank
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 100
With a Bullet
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 73
Cheers
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 67
Blood Book
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 84
Medicine Bag
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 82
Virgin's Airline
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 85
Black Feather
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 77
English Breakfast Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 128
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 164
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 87
Sentenced To Hang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Moral Ambiguity Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 137
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Hindsight is 2020 Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 110
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Spontaneous Conga Line Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 146
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Guanica Hairpin Turn Area > Left Hand Wall
 132
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Walking the Plank Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 142
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
With a Bullet Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 100
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Cheers Boot Hill
 73
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Blood Book Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 67
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Medicine Bag Ruins
 84
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Virgin's Airline Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 82
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Black Feather Ruins
 85
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
English Breakfast Crack Sun Spot Crags
 77
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Go Speed Racer Hairpin Turn Area > Pinhead Wall
 128
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Armed Robbery Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 164
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Sentenced To Hang Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 87
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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