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Black Quacker 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 450'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Dave Baker, Mike McEwen, 1971
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Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Oct 26, 2002

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1st Pitch

Closed to climbing March 15 - June 30 MORE INFO >>>


This is a fun route to do if you want a long, sustained trad route. Start in the huge left facing corner near the center of the south face of Rappel Rock.

Pitch 1: Climb the 5.6 squeeze chimney for 40 feet and exit into gully up to tree belay. (Many parties start up the Standard Route instead, to avoid this heinous chimney. To bypass this chimney pitch, climb the 5.5 crack just right of Black Quacker until you can traverse left back to tree belay in gully.)

Pitch 2: Continue up gully, climbing over large blocks and some vegetation. Cleaner climbing above leads past steep moves to one-bolt belay in notch.

Pitch 3: From notch, lead up and left into obvious cracks. Fun climbing for 100' to two-bolt belay.

Pitch 4: From bolt belay, climb right and up around corner. Follow easy face up to belay on chickenheads.

Pitch 5: More easy chickenhead hiking leads to summit area and tree belay.

Descent: Third class down back side of Rappel Rock to return to saddle.


60m rope; Standard rack (larger pro if you want to do the chimney first pitch?); single and double length runners for tying off chickenheads.

Photos of Black Quacker Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the dihedrals on the third pitch.
Heading up the dihedrals on the third pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Robert pushing off and around the corner at the st...
Robert pushing off and around the corner at the st...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rounding the corner on the fourth pitch.  Should b...
Rounding the corner on the fourth pitch. Should b...
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch
First pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Robert and me at the 4th belay of Standard Route-B...
Robert and me at the 4th belay of Standard Route-B...
Rock Climbing Photo: looking up at the recommended left exit for the 4t...
looking up at the recommended left exit for the 4t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the 3rd pitch
Looking down the 3rd pitch

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By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
May 23, 2005

Although the first pitch is a sandbag at 5.6, it is not heinous. It protects very well on small to medium cams and slung chockstones; no need for large gear. This is good practice for routes in the Sierra or the Valley.
By kBobby Hanson
From: Spokane, WA
Aug 21, 2006

Pitch 3: the cracks to the left of the dihedral are really good (except where you have to bushwhack around the tree, but other than that...).

Pitch 4 variation: also good. Greg, I liked the alpine pro (read "draped chickenhead") in your photo.
By Chris Prewitt
Jan 28, 2008

Did this at night in Oct. with no moon and could still see quite well just by the lights of the city. A really neat way to experience this classic.
By John Peterson
Jan 28, 2008

While living in Tucson, I got used to never needing a headlamp up on the summit crags. One day we came out late from the reef (north side) and found that without the lights of Tucson it's absolutely, completely dark up there on the N. side. The cool part was that there was some sort of glow in the dark fungus there that would shine a faint yellow when you stepped on it. You left a faint glowing trail of footsteps as you hiked along - never saw anything like it since then.
By David Lammers
From: Grand Junction, CO
Nov 6, 2008

The hike from the top of the rock down to the base is steep and brushy. I highly recommend leaving packs at the top of the rock, bring only the gear for the climb, and wear sneakers/sandals.
Pitch 1 - went up Bender Axen, move belay to tree and go down into canyon through the tree.
Pitch 2 - the 1 bolt belay in notch at top of 2nd pitch was tough to find. When the climbing gets steep look up to the right to see the notch. It is not along the line you are following up the canyon. I did not use the notch and just built a belay station below the nearby tree in the crack.
Pitch 3 - easy to protect and fun. ends at 2 bolt anchor.
Pitch 4 - travel to the climber's right and start slinging chickenheads. I built a station off of the chickenheads at the big ledge, but traveling further would have reduced rope drag for pitch 5.
Pitch 5 - continue up the continuous wall of chickenheads and top out.
By Sasquach Broom
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 20, 2009

Going up left on P4 is fun too. Follow the thin crack up diagonally from the 2 bolt belay. After a while you end up on giant chicken heads and you can belay from a big tree on a ledge near the top.
By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Jul 18, 2011

Like David, I found anchoring out left of the notch at the end of p2 was comfy and in the shade.
P3, after the tree is really fun climbing. Great liebacking section.
P4 variation to the left was fun and no harder than 5.8ish for about two moves, after which it eased up considerably.
We simul-climbed from P4 on up.
By hair mama san
Sep 19, 2011

Climbed first pitch on Aug 28th 2011. Surprised to see somebody used first pitch belay notch as a bathroom complete with tp. You should have rapped to the deck being only 70 ft up. Please have respect for nature and future climbing parties. You wouldn't do that at the gym or would you. Guilty party please stay in the gym and move out of Arizona!
By Jackson.
From: Flagstaff AZ
Aug 4, 2013

That first "5.6 chimney" pitch is the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life

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