Hey Central AZ climbers. I'm heading to phx from abq for thanksgiving and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on where to climb in and around the phoenix metro area. What I'm specifically looking for is a trad or sport crag with a few moderate routes to drag family members up (5.0-5.9). I wouldn't mind there also being a few more challenging routes (up to 5.12), although not a deal breaker. McDowell mt park looked like my best option for not having to drive over an hour from central phx. Are there any other places I'm missing?
The Girlie Man area in McDowell Mt. is you best bet for beginner climbers, and has a range of difficulties. If you want a high concentration of moderate crack climbing, head to Cactus Flowers East at Pinnacle Peak. Everything at CF can be toproped with an easy walk up/off.