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Brokehold Mtn S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Bromancing The Stone S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Crying Game, The S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Don't Ask S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Don't Tell S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Eye Of The Tiger S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Foreclosure S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Free to Be Me S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Homme Improvement S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Honeymoon's Over S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
No Nudes is Good Nudes S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Oddball S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Repo Man S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Storming The Castle S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Wienie Roast S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Shared By: jbak . on Apr 5, 2013
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Before there was a gym in Tucson, I used to come out to TV to boulder after work. I'd look up at this cliff and try to picture routes. The first time I went up and looked at it up close, I was spooked by all the big loose blocks. It was scary just to stand under it. When Joe and I worked up the nerve to rap down it, we ended up prying off hundreds of pounds of loose stuff. It is WAY cleaner now.

We also found several fixed pieces and quite a few old bolts on the upper part of the face where the rock is more solid. Apparently there was a "portaledge party" (don't ask) here in the early 80s.

This crag has cleaned up to the point that I can actually recommend it now. Several of the routes are outstanding. If you like climbing 12s, this crag might be right up your alley. All of the full-length routes except for the "bookends" are within a letter grade of 5.12. Don't Tell, Eye of the Tiger and Storming the Castle are excellent.

Getting There [Edit]

Park at the upper falls pull-outs. Look East... there it is !

20 min drive from Le Buzz. 10 min stroll to crag.

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Steve Pulver
Williston, ND
Steve Pulver   Williston, ND
where do you park? Apr 6, 2013
Casa do Cacete
Christian   Casa do Cacete
If it's sunny, probably needs to be below 65F for a high to be even remotely comfortable after 10 or 11 AM. I can show you where it is next winter if better directions have not been posted by then. Apr 7, 2013
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Park as for upper falls. Apr 7, 2013
Casa do Cacete
Christian   Casa do Cacete…

Page 13 has a map and description of the bouldering in the Tanque Verde Wash, at the fork head left slightly uphill towards "cliff" instead of down into wash. Pretty easy to see the formation from the road.

approx parking coordinates

PS Link above is dead now, I have this on my computer somewhere if anybody needs it. Apr 8, 2013
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Good link Christian. The word "cliff" on page 13 IS the Shed. Apr 8, 2013
Steve Pulver
Williston, ND
Steve Pulver   Williston, ND
thanks Apr 15, 2013
Getting to the Shed? With the link not working should I message Christian or can somebody write out a brief description. Is it just at the end of Tanque Verde?
Thank you for your time to respond. Jan 31, 2014
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Click on image to enlarge.

There are 2 trails heading out of the upper falls parking area. One heads south, one heads east. Take the one heading EAST. From the start of the east trail, you can see the crag if you look straight east.

As you get near the crag, keep an eye out for a side trail branching LEFT just before the main trail heads down to the wash. If you get to where the main trail goes steeply down to the wash, you have missed the branch.

As the side trail gets really near the crag, another branch (to the RIGHT) contours directly over to the base of the crag. If you get to the ridge-top even with the TOP of the crag, you have missed THAT branch.

The approach is 10 minutes, mostly flat.

Feb 1, 2014
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Closer view looking east from upper falls parking.

Feb 1, 2014
Thank you Feb 5, 2014
Joe Kreidel & I went out to the Shed today and weather was great. Strange May here in Tucson. Anyhow it seems that a pair of Ravens are nesting at the top on the right hand side. We stayed on the left, but they were still quite bothered. Maybe they nest there every year. Until this year it has always been too hot to climb there in May. Also saw a small wasp nest between Don't Ask and Don't Tell with a coupe of wasps present. May 15, 2015
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Josie sent the last 2 projects here today (Great Job !!) so all red tags are gone. Mar 24, 2018

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