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Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Block Party (5.11+ PG13)
By: Christian When: Sep 2, 2017

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Comments: PG-13 mainly b/c of the rock quality down low, if you pick your stemming footholds carefully this is a pretty safe route. Much safer than it looks at first.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Stint (5.10+)
By: Christian When: Aug 27, 2017

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Comments: I don't get it, my copy of SQL III still calls it SR-71?


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Photo
By: Christian When: Aug 14, 2017

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Comments: Seems doubtful the 5.9 just left of the two 10+s is actually 5.9, and a fall between the first and second bolts might be ugly with the ledge just underneath.




Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Photo
By: Christian When: Aug 14, 2017

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Comments: The other 10+ further left must also be at least 11 minus, had to resort to some shenanigans to onsight. Like digging one of the sharp knobs into the meaty part of my hand to depump. There's a stem rest to the left about halfway up that seems close enough to the bolt line to be on? My partner ended up going really far left of the bolt line at the very top as well.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Finger Rock Canyon : Death Wall aka Thunderbird ...
By: Christian When: Jul 27, 2017

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Comments: climbaz.com/Backcountry/page_h...


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Hails Bails (5.10 PG13)
By: Christian When: Jul 6, 2017

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Comments: Not that leading it is any safer, but even following this route could turn problematic quickly. You have to pull the first roof on the far right to keep it in the grade, but the rope will be pulling you to the far left. The amount of slack you'll have to ask for = the possibility of a 15 foot pendulum into the slab below. Any placements directly above the right side of the roof are just not there or would create horrible rope drag for the leader.

On the far right, you'll have to constan... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Sugar Time (5.9+)
By: Christian When: Jun 19, 2017

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Comments: Not this time b/c you had warned us - just passing on the favor


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Sugar Time (5.9+)
By: Christian When: Jun 19, 2017

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Comments: Mind the poison ivy just right of the belay area for this route.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Prince Brushing (5.10)
By: Christian When: Jun 5, 2017

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Comments: I'd keep an eye on where you step and where the rope is swinging when you clean this. There's loose stuff not too far from the line.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : The Dry Canyon : 5 - Bee Cave : Hood Love (5.12a)
By: Christian When: Apr 10, 2017

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Comments: 4/9/17 - There's a baby diamondback curled up inside the rock pile just right of the belay area.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Amanecer (5.12-)
By: Christian When: Mar 25, 2017

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Comments: Put this back down to 12 minus since it does seem silly to not use the arete.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Owl Rock : ... : Photo
By: Christian When: Dec 21, 2016

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Comments: Was JT's shot way-back-when, I've put the proper credit now :-) That's me climbing.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : The Dry Canyon : 6 - Swallow Wall : Swallow the Tiger (5.10)
By: Christian When: Dec 12, 2016

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Comments: An OK (albeit heavily sandbagged at 10a) route, but the entire base and first 15 feet of this route are covered in bird shit.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 1 - Lower Highway : ... : Mr. Meanor Wall
By: Christian When: Nov 30, 2016

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Comments: It's deja vu all over again, heard somebody hit the deck yet again on one of these mixed routes.

Please don't try to lead these as sport routes, or at least be aware that if you do, at some points you'll be essentially soloing. The chance of your belayer being able to run back 10 feet through a boulder field to keep you off the ground is negligible.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Eureka (5.13a)
By: Christian When: Aug 9, 2016

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Comments: Right around the bolt that usually gets skipped on redpoint attempts there's a sharp flake system.

If you skip that bolt and feel like there's any chance you're gonna fall before clipping the next bolt (the one right before the crux), make sure to look down and check that the rope is not running behind that flake. I'm no expert, but to me the thing definitely looks sharp enough to cut a rope.

Last week, a friend bo... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Eureka (5.13a)
By: Christian When: Jul 11, 2016

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Comments: Thanks John, not sure about the last link in the chain. I saw the fall (Alex fell about 20 feet then another 20 when the biner came off) but was on the upper tier and way too tired to go check it out.

I believe you about the pre-assembled pins but once they were taken off to thread the chain, they didn't stay on very well when reinserted. (not sure if the bad ones were taken off with the wrong tool in some cases, had the threading stripped, wrong side inserted into the threa... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Eureka (5.13a)
By: Christian When: Jul 11, 2016

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Comments: This is the type of 'biner we placed up there during "Love Your Orifice" day in 2011:

climbtechgear.com/steel-carabi...

Don't know if the Petzl Djinn STEEL would work as well?

Anyway, a normal aluminum biner or quickdraw would work temporarily but should be replaced w steel eventually.

Not a clue how that thing came off the chain? Inversion plus gate flutter? A lot of them lost their anti-inver... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : They Killed Kenny (5.11a)
By: Christian When: Jul 7, 2016

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Comments: Click on the RSS buttton at the bottom of the page and you can set up a feed for new SoAZ comments.

You may also have to configure the browser you use ( w RSS reader add ins, etc) to correctly show the feed.

That's for PC, not a clue how it works for mobile.


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 5 - Windy Ridge : ... : No Climb For Old Men (5.13-)
By: Christian When: Jun 12, 2016

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Comments: Nice work dudes!


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : The Havens
By: Christian When: Jun 4, 2016

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Comments: I was going by Google, though I was kind of assuming the climbing was on the red line and apparently it's actually on the blue line. It was years ago and I can't even remember what I did 5 minutes ago lol

Rock Climbing Photo: Havens
Havens



Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : The Havens
By: Christian When: Jun 3, 2016

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Comments: The crag is almost directly south facing, with a little bit of east.

I remember some shade in the morning for about an hour or so on the 2 or 3 routes on the far right, before the sun cleared the ridges to the east. Maybe from 9 to 10 AM or so. Rest of the day was pretty grim, I remember there were only a couple of bushes with minimal shade.

Some other people arrived and it was a sort of not-too-subtle competition to see who could swoop the shade while not climbing or belaying.

The tower on ... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 4 - Windy Point West : ... : Mask of the Red Death (5.13a)
By: Christian When: May 23, 2016

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Comments: "Human arrogance was cholera’s advantage: Paris, for example, was completely unprepared for its arrival in March 1832. Bizarrely, in the evenings, the elite dressed up as corpses for “cholera balls,” the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death.” Shah writes that “cholera killed them so fast they went to their graves still clothed in their costumes”—a detail consistent with the typical onset of cholera’s diarrhea after midnight, followed by massive dehydrati... more >>


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : How Do You Like Them Apples (5.11a)
By: Christian When: May 9, 2016

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Comments: With my newfound knowledge, was able to single-handedly turn the front page consensus into 11 minus. Feel so powerful ;-)


Location: Arizona : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Wall of the Trundling Troll...
By: Christian When: May 6, 2016

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Comments: Read the "Getting There" section above, provided by SA himself.

I think the Steiger guide has a slightly more detailed description of the old approach?

One time I hiked straight from the Troll Wall to Waltzing Witches, and was definitely discouraged from trying to head directly to the lake from there.

It may be a slightly shorter distance as the crow flies, but definitely not a shorter hike.


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By: Christian When: Mar 7, 2016

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Comments: Added you as the photo credit


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