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3 - Spine Cave Rock Climbing 

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The Spine Cave features a number of long moderates which make for nice warm-ups or introductory projects. Spinal Twist and to a lesser extent Loose Stools are considered classic 12s. Harder lines such as Dan's Playhouse and Rocket Man will keep the upper echelon engaged as well.

Getting There 

The Spine Cave is approached via the sole access trail that makes a single large switchback. The routes start where the trail first meets the wall. The cave itself is shallow and blocky in appearance. There is a bulbous six foot tufa reminiscent of a spine in the center of the cave. A small rock wall and two white poles for hanging a shade tarp are at the base.

Climbing Season

For the The Dry Canyon area.

Weather station 13.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 3 - Spine Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 3 - Spine Cave:
Sexual Tyranosaurus   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hippie Hate   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Chosstafarian   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   
Way to Dry   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Loose Stools   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
Spinal Twist   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Loose Stools 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Southern Arizona : ... : 3 - Spine Cave
One of the best routes of its angle/grade in the Tucson area. As good as Tsunami and Delirious and that is saying something. Starts about 40 feet right of the Spine Cave. It's barely overhanging but offers a lot of variety....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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