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Amateur Hour Crag

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Amateur Hour T 
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Amateur Hour Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,700'
Location: 32.32328, -110.69856 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JMayhew on Jan 16, 2012
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Derek going up the "Running Man"


NW facing white rock with grey bands seen from the Molino Overlook parking circle. It is a short distance SW along the ridge from where the trail to the Ruins meets the ridgeline.

If anybody knows the "established name" for the rock or has a better idea, let me know.

Getting There 

Park as for the Ruins at the Molino Overlook (MP 4.7) and start hiking on the trail to the Ruins. Just before the last steep section the trail dips down slightly at a small drainage with a tree. From here it is an easy diagonal up and right to the base of the rock, following terraces and deer trails. About 20 min.

Climbing Season

For the 1 - Lower Highway area.

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Amateur Hour Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Amateur Hour Crag:
Farm Team   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 100'   
Back In The Shadow Again   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   
Post-Op Therapy   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Micro Classic   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 30'   
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Featured Route For Amateur Hour Crag
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1,2,3 Stop 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Amateur Hour Crag
Climb past 5 bolts to right side of hole in the rock. Up past 1 more bolt to engage crack that widens and angles right to 2-bolt belay/rap anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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This is the "Micro Buttress". Three ver...
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Nov 1, 2012
This crag is now a good place to go for the moderate team or group. You will have fun.
By Windy Pete
Dec 23, 2012
"You will have fun" It has been so ordered!
Have to agree Eric. Nice job packing it in on the 30'ers. How you saw those lines I'll never know; and the other climbs, quality. BTW while I saw that Minarete protects with some gear, the description says "sport." Don't know if that's a big deal, but to an unobservant newbie...
By Matt martinez
Mar 31, 2013
Had some issues finding it with the directions here (might be that my friend and I are a little challenged). Not sure what the ruins are as described, but from the Molino parking area, you can see the face directly south and UP at the top of the ridge. Only face with similar properties (white with grey stripes). Hope that helps anyone stuck wondering; read "wandering"
By Brian Kennedy
Jan 20, 2014
Found a Evolve shoe at the base of the crag today. Looks like it's been there for a bit. Message me and I'll get it back to you.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 5, 2014
*** WARNING ***

An active beehive has been reported behind the flake that Senior Saga is on. Approximately 8 feet left of the 5th bolt.

*** WARNING ***
By Derek Johnston
Mar 22, 2016
When you pull in the parking lot (there are two for Molino parking areas but this is the one without a bathroom and first one on the right from Tucson) there are paved trails from the parking lot. We found it easier to take the trail on the left. If you imagine the parking lot as a clock, and you drive in at 6:00, the mountain to climb is at 12:00, then the trail should be at 9:00. The trail will make a large C shape - going far to the left before getting to climbing area. I wouldn't recommend trying to walk directly to the top ridge. The climbing area doesn't have a lot of room to lounge at the base, but has nice routes.
By Abby S.
Mar 23, 2016
Yes, Derek, that is the proper approach. As the description says, it is the same trail as the one for the Ruins. I key on a tree about 1/2 to 2/3 the way up the to the ridgeline; after that is a cairn that marks the turnoff for Amateur Hour. Some people have recently added more cairns to the trail after this point. Thanks!
By 1Eric Rhicard
Mar 23, 2016
The key is that you cross the drainage about midway up the hill, then turn right.

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