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Routes in Spectrum Wall

Battle of the Bulge S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Broken Blade, The S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Central Limit S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chiquito pero Picon S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Corner Exit S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Infrared Heart S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Over and Back S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Phosphorescent S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Route 66 S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Sampler, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Thief, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Elevation: 7,500 ft
GPS: 32.417, -110.75 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Joe Kreidel on Apr 8, 2014
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick


Spectrum Wall is a small formation of high quality rock overlooking Upper Sabino Canyon, directly across the canyon from The Steep. While there are not a ton of climbs, they span across the range of difficulty from 10a to 13d, with something for everyone in between.

Climbs are all west facing. AM shade, PM sun.

Getting There

Park at Box Camp trailhead, and begin hiking. Follow Box Camp Trail for a few minutes, until you see the large cairn for the Ireland trail. Turn right, and follow the Ireland trail. Pass through the baby pines, and down a small hill.

At the bottom of the hill, the Ireland trail veers right. You will climb over a large downed tree, and pass between two knee high boulders. Walk another 20 feet, and look left for a small trail heading south along the ridge line (while the Ireland trail continues westerly towards the canyon). This is the trail that leads to Spectrum - turn left, and follow this trail.

Follow the cairned ridge line through a sea of fire-damaged trees, and down into a steep gully. Cairns lead you down the gully until the trail crosses the gully at a small pool of water.

Continue across gully, following the obvious trail leading down the steep hillside, until you arrive at the top of the crag. Contour around the right side of the crag, dropping down the gully. Scramble down a boulder, avoiding the big hole, and the gully will deposit you at the left end of the crag.

30-35 minutes down, 35-45 minutes out. Save some juice for the steep hike out.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Spectrum Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Corner Exit
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Chiquito pero Picon
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
The Sampler
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Corner Exit
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Chiquito pero Picon
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Sampler
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Yeah the anchors aren't primo. Those anchors with built-in rap rings just complicate the setup. Regular hangers with quick-links and snap-hooks (mussys) are better. Sep 22, 2017
Jake Croft
Tucson, Az
Jake Croft   Tucson, Az
Lowering hardware gives your rope some bad twisties on a few of the routes, if anyone feels like bringing out a few inches of chain it would probably fix this. Not complaining though, you guys put biners on the anchors which saves alot of pain and rappeling. Thanks! Oct 12, 2015
Tucson, AZ
Hendrixson   Tucson, AZ
I share your route climbing philosophy; if I clip all the bolts I am on route. I climbed the route prior to checking Mountain Project and thus was initially baffled, thinking I had missed something. I eventually settled on climbing the route exactly as you suggested in the description. Apr 1, 2015
Thanks for the kudos. If you clipped the bolts you were on route. As stated in the route description, the start of Infrared Heart does share some of the same moves as Corner Exit. This was done because the straight-up start would have had a few extremely hard moves inconsistent with the long 5.11 rest of the climb. As to the route squeezing, we wanted to put up as many fun climbs as we could, and as a result the routes are close to one another. I understand some may not like this. Just a matter of taste. Mar 31, 2015
Tucson, AZ
Hendrixson   Tucson, AZ
Kudos to the developers for the new routes.

In late March most routes stay shaded until 1:30pm.

A number of the lines felt squeezed as I found myself questioning whether I was off the intended line. This was particularly true on Infrared Heart and Over and Back as Corner Exit was sometimes nearby. As is often the case the rules of climbing are arbitrary. Mar 30, 2015
Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
Luke Bertelsen   Tucson, AZ  
Nice job, guys!!! Lots of untapped rock out there. Glad to hear more folks are gettin' after it. Apr 12, 2014
Joe Kreidel
San Antonio, TX
Joe Kreidel   San Antonio, TX
Jbak, I was surprised to hear you hiked out here, but never climbed anything. It turned out to be a fun little area. Apr 10, 2014
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
hmmm...well...waddaya know Apr 9, 2014

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