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Fire Zone S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Glowing In The Distance S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mogenhead S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Never to be the Same S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Onsight or Flight S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Perrito S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ridgeback S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Send or Mend S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Sissyboyz-8 S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Small Brown Mouse S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sudden Impact S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Two Birds with One Stone S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wind of Change S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Year of the Dragon S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Kevin Carmichael, Tim Lee
Page Views: 3,021 total, 18/month
Shared By: Nick Kuhn on May 7, 2004
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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This is a fun, mellow climb that rewards climbers with great views, good rock, and a mandatory rappel.

Separated from the main wall at Ridgeline, Ridgeback starts downhill and around the corner to the left from the other routes. The route ascends the right side of an arete to the top of a stand-alone pinnacle. Though well-bolted, you can supplement with nuts and cams, though the cracks tend to be slightly grainy higher on the route.

The shuts sit on a horizontal ledge on top, so plan to anchor in and belay your second to the top. Then rap back towards the main Ridgeline wall, on the opposite side of the actual route. Making sure everyone has their own rappel device speeds things up.

A top-rope setup might work with long, equalized slings, though I haven't tried this.


6-8 bolts, cold shuts on ledge above. You can bring some small/medium nuts to protect the easy runout to the first bolt, and small cammers to use throughout the route, though extra gear is not absolutely required. Plan to rap.
Greg Goodrum
Tucson, AZ
Greg Goodrum   Tucson, AZ
Very fun, easy route, great for leaders who want to practice some of the anchor building and belaying techniques for multi-pitch without having to commit to a larger route. Anchor is set back, but a 60m rope makes it to the ground. May 30, 2016
Tucson, Arizona
tcmartin100   Tucson, Arizona
the view from the top is special. Jun 2, 2014
Mesa AZ   Mesa AZ
Great route even better view

I agree that a couple pieces down low would spice up the climb at the bottom as you follow the crack up. The rest of the climb was great - good first climb for someone learning lead.

Shiloh Jul 8, 2012
Adam Block
Tucson, AZ
Adam Block   Tucson, AZ
This is actually one of my favorite climbs on Lemmon, there are 7 bolts with a mild runout at the bottom which could easily be protected by a .5 cam if you wanted though it's easy ground and more of a scramble to the first bolt. Jun 9, 2012
missoula, mt
joshf   missoula, mt
Best route at the crag Mar 13, 2009
David Lammers
Grand Junction, CO
David Lammers   Grand Junction, CO
Good beginner route and fun to climb. Place 1 or 2 cams before first bolt. The rest is well bolted. Belay from the summit. I had to rap clean it b/c my beginner got freaked out. Lot of friction when retrieving the rope but with some muscle it pulled down clean. Jul 8, 2007
I really like this route, and honestly, it's worth the hike for this alone. Yes, for a bolted 5.5. The little summit is nice and the views are lovely, and the climbing is very mellow, enjoyable bucket-hauling. It's fun for beginners, but it would NOT be a good toprope- it's best to second your partner up and scramble down the notch (or rappel if that's your thang). I've heard you can place gear, but I didn't find it even close to necessary, personally. Jun 20, 2006
Scott Tucker
Tucson, AZ
Scott Tucker   Tucson, AZ
Very fun easy route. Great views, good exposure. Pretty runout to the first bolt and there's a perfect crack for a medium cam. Falling from the first bolt would bounce you once after 30 feet then send you down the gully for about 6000 feet of pine trees and manzanita to San Manuel. May 9, 2006
Gary Sax
Gary Sax  
I like the route! But the rap is not mandatory. You can scramble off the backside. May 28, 2004