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Delirious

5.12a, Sport, 80 ft,  Avg: 2.9 from 41 votes
FA: Scott Ayers, Jason Mullins 1992
Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mt Lemmon (Sant… > Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 5 - Windy Ridge > Middle Earth

Description

Another of the must do 12-'s on the mountain which will test your endurance. Starts straight up for a couple of bolts then traverses slightly right and up a ways to the rest ledge. Continue past the ledge to some tricky lower angle climbing to the anchors.

Location

In the alcove 1st complete bolt line to the left. There is an open project left of this that was only partially bolted in the past.

Protection

Bolts, Chains

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Smell that wonderful glue smell!
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Aleix Serrat Capdevila AKA Tex glides across the traverse on his way to sending Delerious.<br>
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Photo: Jim Scott
[Hide Photo] Aleix Serrat Capdevila AKA Tex glides across the traverse on his way to sending Delerious. Photo: Jim Scott

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Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Could not agree more. It does not get more classic than this. If you can ignore the copious amounts of epoxy on the climb it is hard to rival the movement on this climb. Sticking to the left side of Middle Earth is a great way to get strong. Jun 24, 2007
Braxtron
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  5.12-
[Hide Comment] Sweet, sustained route. 13 bolts, I believe. I think it's closer to 80' than 60', though. May 18, 2008
1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
  5.12b
[Hide Comment] There is now a new route left of Delirious. Bolted by Jason Mullins it was redpointed by Kevin early this year. 2008 May 23, 2008
Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Added biners for lowering off the chains at the top - 6.09 Jul 4, 2009
Jeremiah Johnson
Contoocook, NH
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Most of this route would fall off if it wasn't glued on. Fun moves, okay, but not classic by any stretch of the imagination. Sep 7, 2009
JoeS
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] I guess I'm not so bothered by the gluing as some. I'm glad the holds were glued and didn't fall off. It made for a fun climb. Feb 11, 2010
Matt Fowls
Tucson, Arizona
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] does anyone have any information about the route to the left of delirious?

ie) grade and name?

thanks! Apr 6, 2010
1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
  5.12b
[Hide Comment] Matt it is 13 and Kevin O'Donnell who used to work at the gym put it up. Bottom is funky involving a stick clip of the second bolt as you climb so far left. I can't remember. Vince Bates probably remembers or someone should have Kevin's # they can pm you with it. Apr 6, 2010
Matt Fowls
Tucson, Arizona
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] thanks eric!

i appreciate the info. Apr 8, 2010
WAGbag
Denver, CO
 
[Hide Comment] 2 bolts up then traverse directly right until you are well right of the angling bolt line. Four stars through the first five bolts but you way want to bring a walkie-talkie so you can here your belayer over the top of the powerful sucking sound you'll hear as stars are sucked out of the climb with each move above, wandering way right, way left with no discernable flow or natural line. Apr 18, 2012
iancevans
  5.12-
[Hide Comment] You may have been off route WAGbag...? It pretty much goes straight up after the second or third bolt... there are a couple of other lines that branch off right (Simply Irresistable, and Irresistable) with some bolts close together that could lead to confusion. I don't know if I can give it the full four stars, but 1 star is pretty stingy -- as good as almost any 12a on Lemmon. So it seems to me, anyway. Apr 21, 2012
1Eric Rhicard
Tucson
  5.12b
[Hide Comment] Just did it two weeks ago. 5 or 6 ft. traverse to the right then straight up to the ledge. From the ledge you can move left and go over the bolts, hard. Or stay right of bolts for two or three bolts then move back left. Apr 22, 2012
Kemper Brightman
Tucson
 
[Hide Comment] A perfect test piece with a wide variety of angles and movement, requiring both finesse and fitness to reach the chains. Mar 25, 2016