Elevation: 8,387 ft
GPS: 32.432, -110.798 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Hendrixson on Jul 21, 2014
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Potentially unavailable to climbing February through July if raptors are breeding here. Details
Access Issue: Fire Closure Details

Description

The southeast face of the Fortress boasts some of the best and longest multi-pitch routes on the mountain. The style of these routes is both traditional and sport. There are also a number of single pitch lines that are worth exploring. The not-to-be-missed, multi-pitch sport routes are Steel Crazy, Fort Stress, and Sir Clipalot. This face is sunny until mid or late afternoon.

Advice for the multi-pitch routes:
  • Walk off rather than rappel. Be aware that this requires climbing down and up a 15ft gully.
  • Leave your pack at toe of crag as this is where the walk off ends.
  • Start early during monsoon season as afternoon rains and lightning can occur suddenly.

Getting There

Approach the The Fortress using the directions up one level. Immediately prior to reaching the formation pick up a sometimes overgrown trail on the left. The trail winds through small bushes while losing elevation before hugging the cliff. The approach takes approximately 10 minutes from the toe of the cliff or about 30 minutes from the parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southeast Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 130
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
The Rupley Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 55
Fort Stress
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Tres Frijoles
Sport 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Pitched Battle
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 21
Sir Clipalot
Sport 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Chapalot
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Steel Crazy
 130
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
The Rupley Route
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Fort Stress
 55
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Tres Frijoles
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 3 pitches
Pitched Battle
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Sir Clipalot
 21
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Chapalot
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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