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Shared By: arjunmh on Mar 3, 2014
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The highest ridge top in The Refuge, Raptor Ridge is also one of the most recent to be developed. It overlooks the entire valley and provides captivating views in all directions. The Roost Area is north facing and is a cool place to climb even when the rest of The Refuge is warming up. The west and south faces of Talon's Grip Area and Penguinland Area get good afternoon sun. Because of the ridge crest location there are often higher winds up here, but it also gets the last sun to shine across The Refuge.

This area was pioneered by David Sampson's vision to tackle the biggest overhang that we'd seen in Lower Devils. Friends helped and the route was explored, which also opened up the area. His vision for the route, which remains a project, galvanized forces and soon Arjun Heimsath joined with other route development that spread over the next couple years to span the entire ridge. As of March 2014 there are 31 routes that are mainly traditional, but offer a range of sport routes as well. Many friends and climbing partners have explored this Ridge over the various trips out there and it is with pleasure that we are now posting the routes that we have put in here.

Here's a sketch map of the routes drawn with a photo of the area and a few routes mapped in to help locate. Individual areas will have more detailed maps and each route will have photos showing the routes in detail at some point down the road.

RR route overview map.

Getting There

See overview map for main view of The Refuge. The zoom in that is in the current PDF guide shows where Raptor Ridge is and is posted here as an imagine. RR equals Raptor Ridge. From the parking area for Dog Town head up the opposite slope to the prominent set of cliffs on the ridge.

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Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Apologies for confusion as I get these routes and maps posted -- seems like I'm running into a few glitches as I navigate the system and deal with editing. BUT, good thing is that when all's said and done there will be 29 routes up and 2 projects (one that we will surely send this Spring, yes, yes..!!). Again, please don't send the projects. Am posting them to help you navigate to the other routes and get a sense of the whole area, not to encourage poaching. Mar 5, 2014
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Ok, I give up -- the "title" photo for this new area was meant to be the overview photo with sketch map of all the routes. Doesn't seem to work, so just click on the apt photo from the ones below to get the overview. Mar 5, 2014
Littleton, CO
Hendrixson   Littleton, CO
I elevated what I believe is your desired photo. Let me know if that works. Alternatively you can add photos to your description. Mar 6, 2014
Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
arjunmh   Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Thanks! Sure, that will work -- I was thinking that the annotated photo with the sketch of the route locations overview would be a good one to have on the "main" Raptor Ridge page and then folks will be able to zoom into the 3 specific areas. Am basically working on posting routes from left to right and as I sort through my photos and notes. I will try to edit my description to insert that photo into it. Thanks again. Mar 6, 2014