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Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : Christopher Creek Gorge
By: arjunmh When: Jun 15, 2017

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Comments: Cautionary note: Many wonderful 1/2 days back in this area over the past few weeks while based nearby. Mostly excellent climbing, but also much loose rock and flaky lichen. The routes will clean up with traffic, but in the meantime climb cautiously. I pulled loose rock off routes in Exit Gorge and Confluence Wall and helped clean up stuff on the Southern Wall. Didn't get to Memorial, but explored nice stuff upstream.

Will post video of the massive block I knocked off El Patron.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : Christopher Creek Gorge : Exit Gorge : El Patron (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 15, 2017

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Comments: Caution: I climbed this a week or so ago and noted that the top block was loose. After clearing rope and dog and gear from below I trundled what turned out to be a picnic table sized block!! Major damage to the route and stuff below. I will post video if I can.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : Christopher Creek Gorge : Southern Wall : Bob's Chimney (5.10 R)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 1, 2017

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Comments: Thanks Bob and good to see you last Friday. Will get on this in the next few days.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : Christopher Creek Gorge : Southern Wall
By: arjunmh When: Jun 1, 2017

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Comments: Water's running fresh and clear after all the rain, temps are mild, this wall is a spectacular place to be! And I see new development upstream -- assuming it's you guys moving along?


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : Christopher Creek Gorge : Southern Wall : Southern Bell (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: Jun 1, 2017

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Comments: Great movement, fun climb! Best of the bunch right of "Layin' in the Shade", I think. Chieftain and the the leftern trad routes are next to try. What a great area!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Dells
By: arjunmh When: May 17, 2017

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Comments: FANTASTIC BOOK out by Kevin Keith. Thanks so much Kevin and everyone else involved in putting together this great resource.

Available at all local stores (well, I saw it in Hike Shack and Manzanita) and definitely worth it. Spent the afternoon below the dam to the bridge wall and jungle gym rock and located every climb in the guide easily. Very clearly laid out and really clear and good descriptions!

Way to go Kevin!!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Dells : Watson Lake : ... : Dam Classic (aka The Dam Cr... (5.9-)
By: arjunmh When: May 17, 2017

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Comments: Yes, very good route indeed and the easier one to the right -- Dam Seam -- is good too. A nice wall.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Dells : Watson Lake : ... : Haywire (5.10)
By: arjunmh When: May 17, 2017

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Comments: Great route and GREAT guide book, Kevin. Thanks so much!!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek
By: arjunmh When: May 9, 2017

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Comments: New routes going in -- haven't climbed them yet as I didn't bring webbing and anchor gear. Are they ready to climb? Do they need anchors up top?


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Adios Larry (5.10b PG13)
By: arjunmh When: May 1, 2017

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Comments: Did this again yesterday and noticed a nice new bolt on the bulge (crux) about half way through the "2nd pitch" (quotes as I like to do it as a long single pitch). What's up with the new bolt? Must say that it's a better bolt and better placed than the one right below it, so was kind of nice to have, but it still raises the concern about placing additional bolts on routes. I know that Greg Opland noted the same on some other r... more >>


Location: Arizona : Northern Arizona : Sedona Area : Sedona : Moose's Butte Area : ... : Epitaph (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 12, 2017

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Comments: Wonderful climb! The cordellete was a bit rotten on the anchor at top of pitch 3. We had one quick link and attached that to the good bolt to the biner. Clipped the other biner to a loop of the cord. What is needed is a decent hanger to replace the "no gud" piece of junk and another quick link. Bolt looks ok, just need to take a small crescent wrench, hanger and quick link. Will make for a solid rap station then. Didn't have a knife and so couldn... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain
By: arjunmh When: Mar 11, 2017

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Comments: Climbing Alternatives for Granite Mountain During Closure (Feb. 1st to July 15th)
While there are few comparable multi-pitch, old-school, traditionally protected granite climbing areas nearby, there are numerous other excellent climbing alternatives to explore during the falcon closure. A selection is noted below:

First, there are other granite crags near the main cliff have good climbing:
a) Lizard Head: Rough, weathered granite, but a cool outing and many more routes than those listed on Moun... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : ... : Photo
By: arjunmh When: Mar 7, 2017

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Comments: Yes, inspirational. And, a great idea to get to it from top of 2nd pitch of Kingpin...must try!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Route Out (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 6, 2017

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Comments: Can do this "route out" any number of ways -- crack, face, mixed, any which way, even upside down.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Ample Virginity (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 6, 2017

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Comments: Also, Marty's fold out guide lists this as 10-, which is more reasonable for this climb. 2-4 supplemental small to medium cams recommended. Between 1st and 2nd bolt, between 2nd and 3rd, and up above the 3rd.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Ample Virginity (5.9)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 6, 2017

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Comments: Great climb! Well worth the trek over, whether from the "trail" as shown in Marty's guide" or by following along the base of the cliffs past Summer Assault, below Lion's Den, and then down a broken and overgrown climber's trail. If more folks get out this way the trail will be much improved. Will try to remember clippers and cairns next time.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Trickle and Resin (5.10-)
By: arjunmh When: Mar 6, 2017

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Comments: Indeed it is tricky for 5.9. I noted yesterday that it's rated 10- on Marty's foldout guide, but I used his book when I posted the route here and in the book it's rated 5.9. Changed the route rating to 10- now. Some cool, delicate moves on this and just a couple small to medium cams will protect just fine. Hard parts are bolted just fine. The upper part of the tower takes all sorts of pro and is easy climbing. Webbing at top needs to be... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon
By: arjunmh When: Jan 27, 2017

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Comments: They're great (as is his book), but there's been much development. For example, all of the climbs in LDE (Lower Devils East) and The Refuge are described in PDFs that are posted under the respective area here on Mountain Project. Also, there are many additional climbs that are only described here.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area : Damsels in Distress (5.10 PG13)
By: arjunmh When: Jan 9, 2017

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Comments: Fixed the midway anchor a bit on this, but will ultimately need to either add a 1/2" hanger to the strange 1/2" bolt plus nut setup, or get rid of that and simply add another 3/8" bolt and hanger. Didn't get to it while recently setting "Damsel's Arete" and Splendid "Arete". Posting those now.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon
By: arjunmh When: Jan 8, 2017

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Comments: The biners attached to quick links at the anchors ARE NOT BOOTY! PLEASE DO NOT TAKE. Over the last few weeks, I've been stunned to find many of our hard placed biners gone throughout Lower Devils and also in The Refuges. Please leave the biners in place! Gradually we are replacing with chains as it's frustrating to be constantly losing these key parts of the anchors.

Note the pictures of anchors posted for LDE and for The Refuge.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge
By: arjunmh When: Jan 8, 2017

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Comments: The biners attached to quick links at the anchors ARE NOT BOOTY! PLEASE DO NOT TAKE. Over the last few weeks, I've been stunned to find many of our hard placed biners gone throughout Lower Devils and also in The Refuges. Please leave the biners in place! Gradually we are replacing with chains as it's frustrating to be constantly losing these key parts of the anchors.

NOTE The picture above!


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : *Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Glitter Box Area
By: arjunmh When: Jan 8, 2017

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Comments: The biners attached to quick links at the anchors ARE NOT BOOTY! PLEASE DO NOT TAKE. Over the last few weeks, I've been stunned to find many of our hard placed biners gone throughout Lower Devils and also in The Refuge. Please leave the biners in place! Gradually we are replacing with chains as it's frustrating to be constantly losing these key parts of the anchors.


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Swamp Slabs : Tread Gently (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 21, 2016

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Comments: Did this rope soloing to be near friends who were on Dislocation and had a blast. It's a fun route and has some cruxy puzzles that do need a clear head -- followed Bill's guide as best I could and just tried to stay on the most difficult crack path upward while staying right of Dislocation. A few thin finger crack sections with sketchy gear, a great fun hand crack roof (would be good warm up for Magnolia), and some fun slab sections with no gear. Did it wi... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Triple Direct (5.8+)
By: arjunmh When: Nov 21, 2016

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Comments: This is absolutely the way to do Green Savior! Brian and I missed the direct start last year when we did Crisco with G.S. and that stellar first pitch makes for a super 4 pitch outing. Such a compelling line and it protects very nicely -- one #4 and one #6 did just fine and if the leader of Crisco takes the #6 it makes protecting the traverse a bit better (I didn't, choosing not to have the anchor while leading the thrutch fest, but had done the traverse bef... more >>


Location: Arizona : Central Arizona : **Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Chameleon (5.8)
By: arjunmh When: Oct 12, 2016

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Comments: Modified the description and also the route "map" after redoing this route last weekend and getting great input from a couple folks. Basically, when Brian and I did it the first time we misread the Cramer topo for this route and didn't think to take the obvious vertical crack up the middle of the upper face that is pitch 3 in Bill's guide, but ends up being pitch 2 the way I'd recommend. So, redid it with N... more >>


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