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Routes in Amateur Hour Crag

1,2,3 Stop T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Amateur Hour T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Back In The Shadow Again S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crack to Chimney T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Farm Team S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fire Breathing Craggin' S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Micro Classic S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Micro Slab S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Microcephaly S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Minarete T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Post-Op Therapy S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Senior Saga S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Slabs Of Bakin' S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Wonder Crack T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Elevation: 4,700 ft
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Shared By: JMayhew on Jan 16, 2012
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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NW facing white rock with grey bands seen from the Molino Overlook parking circle. It is a short distance SW along the ridge from where the trail to the Ruins meets the ridgeline.

If anybody knows the "established name" for the rock or has a better idea, let me know.

Getting There

Park as for the Ruins at the Molino Overlook (MP 4.7) and start hiking on the trail to the Ruins. Just before the last steep section the trail dips down slightly at a small drainage with a tree. From here it is an easy diagonal up and right to the base of the rock, following terraces and deer trails. About 20 min.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Amateur Hour Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Farm Team
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Back In The Shadow Again
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Post-Op Therapy
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Micro Classic
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Farm Team
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Back In The Shadow Again
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Post-Op Therapy
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Micro Classic
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
This crag is now a good place to go for the moderate team or group. You will have fun. Nov 1, 2012
"You will have fun" It has been so ordered!
Have to agree Eric. Nice job packing it in on the 30'ers. How you saw those lines I'll never know; and the other climbs, quality. BTW while I saw that Minarete protects with some gear, the description says "sport." Don't know if that's a big deal, but to an unobservant newbie... Dec 23, 2012
Brian Kennedy
Tucson, AZ
Brian Kennedy   Tucson, AZ
Found a Evolve shoe at the base of the crag today. Looks like it's been there for a bit. Message me and I'll get it back to you. Jan 20, 2014
Littleton, CO
Hendrixson   Littleton, CO
*** WARNING ***

An active beehive has been reported behind the flake that Senior Saga is on. Approximately 8 feet left of the 5th bolt.

*** WARNING *** Apr 5, 2014
When you pull in the parking lot (there are two for Molino parking areas but this is the one without a bathroom and first one on the right from Tucson) there are paved trails from the parking lot. We found it easier to take the trail on the left. If you imagine the parking lot as a clock, and you drive in at 6:00, the mountain to climb is at 12:00, then the trail should be at 9:00. The trail will make a large C shape - going far to the left before getting to climbing area. I wouldn't recommend trying to walk directly to the top ridge. The climbing area doesn't have a lot of room to lounge at the base, but has nice routes. Mar 22, 2016
Abby S.  
Yes, Derek, that is the proper approach. As the description says, it is the same trail as the one for the Ruins. I key on a tree about 1/2 to 2/3 the way up the to the ridgeline; after that is a cairn that marks the turnoff for Amateur Hour. Some people have recently added more cairns to the trail after this point. Thanks! Mar 23, 2016
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
The key is that you cross the drainage about midway up the hill, then turn right. Mar 23, 2016
Don Fay
Tucson, AZ
Don Fay   Tucson, AZ
FYI, there are a few loose bolts here and there on some of these. Feb 11, 2018
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
I would suggest that you always carry a 9/16ths wrench or small adjustable on your harness so that when you lower you can tighten them. It is everyones job to help maintain the things that save our lives. Thanks Feb 11, 2018

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