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Big Bull S,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bosch it S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Family Affair S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
GAC Rulz S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Grey Wales S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Grid Iron S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Grid Locked S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Midget Magic S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Moms Rock S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Triangulate T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Type: Sport, TR, 90 ft
FA: Don Bell, Lance Blanco
Page Views: 2,817 total · 14/month
Shared By: James DeRoussel on Dec 1, 2001
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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Start in corner near right end of wall, just right of a large flake at the base of the cliff. Climb thin moves 12' to lieback and difficult bulge protected by bolt. Traverse left on ledge and climb bolts up to large flake. Lieback flake for 15' and exit right to small ledge.

Easier climbing for 20 feet leads to more thin moves below two bolt anchor. Fun and pumpy!


60 meter rope is necessary to lower off! Quickdraws and extensions for anchor.


one of the neater routes in that area. it wouldn't be a bad idea to put an extension on bolt #2. Nov 28, 2003
i mean extensions on bolts 1 and 2 Nov 30, 2003
Wes Turner
az / pa
Wes Turner   az / pa
I think climb is great fun. I don't remeber having a prob with rope-drag with normal quckdraws on all the bolts. Needless to say reg quicks were fine for me both times I climbed it. I seem to remeber a large loose block between the 1st and second bolts. Not sure if that ever had potential for actually coming off but be aware and keep your belayer out of the way just in case!! Jun 4, 2004
Wes Turner
az / pa
Wes Turner   az / pa
.10a Feb 16, 2005
Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
Luke Bertelsen   Tucson, AZ  
This is one of the more fun climbs for this area. It is quite a climb up to the first bolt which will keep the leader on their toes. After that it is well bolted fun climbing. As some others have mentioned, be sure to have a 60m rope or you will find yourself downclimbing a bit. Apr 7, 2005
Casa do Cacete
  5.10c PG13
Christian   Casa do Cacete
  5.10c PG13
Ground and ledge fall potential, solid 10c moves at bulge. Jul 22, 2005
A.P.T.   Truckee,Ca
The 1st. clip shouldn't be a problem for a strong 5.10 climber! Have a good spotter or stick clip the 1st. bolt if this is your thing.. Fun climb with a lot of variety and worth repeating.. May 30, 2006
Joseph Stover
Batesville, AR
Joseph Stover   Batesville, AR
Start at the far right with the high first bolt. At the ledge where there are 3 bolts in a row, Big bull takes the middle one. The new 11's take the other bolts in the row. You can follow big bull by the older style boles with the screw heads rather than nuts. Dec 16, 2007
I heard someone just went back and put in a lower first bolt. Anyone know if this is true? I haven't been out there yet to check it out. Oct 12, 2008
Littleton, CO
Hendrixson   Littleton, CO
I was there yesterday and didn't notice any bolting changes. Feb 8, 2009
Forest Hill
Denver, CO
Forest Hill   Denver, CO
The first bolt on this climb is entirely reasonable, IMHO. This climb is great fun, and a good warmup for the two to the left of it. Feb 18, 2009
Dean and I lead this route on gear years ago. We're gonna chop it.

Just kidding, it is very safe on gear... for real. All you tradical types should try it. Mar 19, 2010
tucson, az
Myk BROWN   tucson, az
Now has Mussy hooks at anchors Dec 18, 2011
Nick Henscheid
Tucson, AZ
Nick Henscheid   Tucson, AZ
Great route, one 10b/c move and the rest is 10a. Nasty landing zone below the first bolt, so I opted for the stick clip. Excellent view from the top as well!

  • Edit 1/17: if you follow the correct line - which is to cross over Grid Iron and continue up the left bolt line, it's 10a all the way. If you link Big Bull - Grid Iron, it goes at about 10c.
Feb 22, 2013
Marcy M
Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Marcy M   Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
One can protect the opening moves with a blue alien (if starting below the bolt, not in the dihedral more to the right), though, the climbing is pretty straight forward to the first bolt. Fun route. Mar 15, 2016

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