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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Jan 24, 2012 with improvements by BCramer
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Description

Prescott is a beautiful little city, and it’s loaded with granite!! Not to mention a colorful climbing history. From the unique holds of Thumb Butte to the 500' wall of Granite Mountain, to the tricky folds of the Dells, Prescott has a substantial list of quality routes, both trad and sport, old school and new.

Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatimundi Roof, Granite Mountain.

Along with that, Sullivan's Canyon is a great basalt area which really caters to the beginner and moderate trad climber. Throw in the quartzite sport routes of the Promised Land, and you have a perfect mid elevation destination to either shake off the cold of Flagstaff, or to flee the heat of the lower deserts of Southern Arizona.

Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ

And, of course, the bouldering is awesome! The steel grey, fine grained granite of areas like Groom Creek and Wolf Creek speak for themselves, while the mid grained golden granite around town reminds one of perfect Joshua Tree style stone. You can get lost for days of highballing out at Watson Lake, or try your hand at some fantastic pocketed basalt bouldering at Thumb Butte, and in Sullivan's Canyon. The Santa Maria Mountains north of town still hold a quantity of undeveloped mid grained granite. The list of excellent problems is long, and reaches well into the double digit V's at this point in time.

Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999. Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at *Prescott Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
 68
The Wave
Boulder
V4 6B
 42
Facelift
Boulder
V6 7A
 41
Moonstone
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 45
Dislocation Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 97
The Classic
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Chiêu Hôi
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 83
Magnolia Thunderpussy
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Crack Lover's Variation
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 31
Said and Done
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Reunion
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Co-op Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 32
Kingpin
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 38
The Slammer Jam
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Candyland
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Wave Prescott Boulde… > … > Main Boulders > Wave Area
 68
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Facelift Prescott Boulde… > … > Satellite Areas > Island (Facelift Area)
 42
V4 6B Boulder
Moonstone Prescott Boulde… > … > Main Boulders > Moonstone, Leg Lock R…
 41
V6 7A Boulder
Dislocation Direct Granite Mountain > Swamp Slabs
 45
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
The Classic Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 97
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Chiêu Hôi Granite Mountain > Right Section
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Magnolia Thunderpussy Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 83
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Crack Lover's Variation Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Said and Done Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 31
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Reunion Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 39
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Co-op Crack Granite Dells > … > High Rappel Area > Co-op Crack Area
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Kingpin Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 32
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
The Slammer Jam Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 38
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Candyland Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 47
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
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