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Cholla S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Planet Ron S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ringtail T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Saguaro Corner T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sahuaro S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Argueso, “Chucky” 91
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Shared By: Jon Ruland on Nov 29, 2015
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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This is the overhanging corner formed by the intersection of the two walls. The bottom has some interesting stems and a burly pull above your gear onto the ledge that splits the route in half. From the ground it looks like you would be able to get a good rest here but the wall is so overhanging that you can't really manage much more than a shakeout. From here, lieback and stem the nice corner to the top of the formation, then traverse right a short distance to the anchors for Cholla.


The corner between the two walls. See John H's Milagrosa Canyon guide.


Light rack; lots of bomber nut placements on this route. A #4 Camalot fits perfectly as your first piece above the ledge. Bringing one is highly recommended as you'll have trouble getting another piece in without pulling some moves in ground fall range.


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Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
Jon Ruland   Tucson, AZ
thanks jim. this route is actually pretty good, especially the overhanging layback/stemming corner up high. with the choss mostly gone it's yet another reason to bring a rack to milagrosa. Nov 30, 2015
Strong work Jon. Nov 30, 2015
Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
Jon Ruland   Tucson, AZ
After leading this one today we toproped it and knocked at least 100 pounds of choss off the bottom, including the death block described in John H's Milagrosa Canyon Guide. The route is fairly safe now with most of the large and medium-sized blocks removed, though there is still plenty of small stuff waiting to come off.

The next time I'm out there i'll bring a hammer and finish cleaning this route. It actually turned out to be pretty enjoyable once the terrifying death blocks were removed. Nov 29, 2015