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Believer T 
I Don't Know T 
Into the Void T 
Little Dolls T 
Miracle Man S 
Mr. Crowley T 
N.I.B. S 
Psycho Man T 
Suicide Solution T 
War Pigs T 
Wicked World T 

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Submitted By: brian benedon on Nov 11, 2013

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Backcountry Desert Trad climbing.

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Getting There 

3 miles up Pima Canyon, on the right and up the hill. The dam is 3.1 mi.

Stay on the trail until you have almost walked past the crag, and are below the black water streak, you will have just gained some elevation, then turn right and cross Pima canyon and head up the small drainage that is formed by the big black water streak. Leave the drain and diagonal up and right, passing a large bolder, to the base of Psycho Man. There are discrete cairns.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in OCB

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for OCB:
Mr. Crowley   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Miracle Man   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Psycho Man   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mr Crowely

Mr. Crowley 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : OCB
Mc Croweley is the second route climbed, and the must do route at the OCB. The first P is short and can be avoided but is worth doing. Both pitches were put up on lead in 1998. The second pitch is the money; a 90' stem box with a finger seam....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: Charles on Snow Blind .9+
Charles on Snow Blind .9+
Rock Climbing Photo: The OCB
Rock Climbing Photo: In the foreground is Wicked World .11+ mixed  in t...
BETA PHOTO: In the foreground is Wicked World .11+ mixed in t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe S plays on one of the harder possibilities
Joe S plays on one of the harder possibilities
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Hammer on Psycho Man
Eric Hammer on Psycho Man
Rock Climbing Photo: JIm S on Snow Blind with The East Butt in the back...
JIm S on Snow Blind with The East Butt in the back...
Rock Climbing Photo: yes, aid climbing. ps. this is an open project
yes, aid climbing. ps. this is an open project
Rock Climbing Photo: yes, camping. you're welcome.
yes, camping. you're welcome.
Rock Climbing Photo: JC at the crux of Psycho
JC at the crux of Psycho
Rock Climbing Photo: JD
Rock Climbing Photo: Psycho, Into the Void,MM,  Wicked World
BETA PHOTO: Psycho, Into the Void,MM, Wicked World
Rock Climbing Photo: Into the Void var.
Into the Void var.
Rock Climbing Photo: Miracle Man var.
Miracle Man var.
Rock Climbing Photo: black tail with no rattle
black tail with no rattle
Rock Climbing Photo: don't let this happen
don't let this happen

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By brian benedon
Nov 11, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Ozzy Cliff Bands
Ozzy Cliff Bands

To approach the Ozzy Cliff Bands
Park at the Pima Canyon trailhead, at the end of Magee rd. in the Catalina Mountains, Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Tucson AZ. Take 1st Ave north, pass Ina Rd, it becomes Christy, then it tees into Magee Rd. the Trail Head is on the right. The gate opens @ 5am. There is no camping w/in the first ½ mi. To park over night you need a Pima Co parks and recreation permit; 887-6000.

This is a popular hiking trail. Please observe low impact backcountry ethics in this area.
Snakes, scorpions, wasps, and other desert dwellers occupy this area. The climbing is in the shade most of the day depending on the time of year, and on how early you get there, it can get cold, and hot. Bring lots of water and a change of clothes.

Discovered in 92, the OCB saw its first route, Psycho Man on xmas eve, 1997, one week before the Black Sabbath reunion tour. Most routes were established ground up with natural belays, and required walking off.

A 60 m rope is needed to rap or lower, watch your rope ends! The tall section is 210'
Rack; Doubles from 0 TCU thur #4 Camalot, nuts, 7 draws and runners.(at-least)

I'd like to quote an old timer, JD, who said to me," this aint no practice area, this the the real thing".
The OCB is Backcountry Traditional style strenuous full body climbing. The ratings may seam a bit sand bagged if you are not good at climbing crack technique. Pay attention out there.

Thanks to many friends who helped with this area, ST, SM, BL.JC,JD,KMG,JMw,SS,DD,EH, AS and others.
By brian benedon
Sep 30, 2014
There are 19 established routes at the OCB, and many more possibilities, especially in the harder grades. Most routes are obvious natural lines. Routes range from 5.4 25' thru 5.11 and 220' with the majority of the routes in the hard 5.9 range. Some second ascents await. Fall is the season.
By Dan W.
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 5, 2014
Thanks for all the hard Brian! Looking forward to checking these out.

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