Orifice Wall Rock Climbing
Taking shelter under the Orifice Wall while we wai...
The Orifice Wall
, which is one of the most popular and unique crags in Southern Arizona, boasts some of the steepest and hardest climbs in the region. Classic lines include Hard Day at The Orifice
, Orifice Politics
, and Coup de' tat
The wall is relatively impervious to the frequent summer monsoon rains, sees shade almost all day (after 10:30am), and is almost entirely fixed chain draws. On summer weekends the crag is frequently busy with lines on some routes.
The overhung nature of the climbing demands heel-hooks and knee-bars, a rarity in Tucson. A knee pad is recommended for some of the lines.
Approach the The Fortress
using the directions up one level. Trend left without losing elevation until a fixed chain appears. Put on your harness and clip into the chain using either a quickdraw or sling. Carefully traverse onto the ledge from which all the climbs start.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Orifice Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orifice Wall:
Huck Fin 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, 55'
Eureka 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 75'
Ape Debate 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Featured Route For Orifice Wall
Orifice Politics 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Arizona
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
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This is a line I have looked at since 1996. The first forty feet had been started by Mark Hathaway so I stayed off of it. In 2001 I bolted a hard variation finish in an effort not to ruffle Marks feathers but still allow me to climb this face. Mark worked it some in 2001 but as far as I know that was it. This year Vince called and asked if he could work the route which was pretty nice since almost no work that I know of has been done on it in years. Mark said yes and so Vince and I started ...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona
John and Kane bringing Badu to the Orifice Wall
Working a new one on the Orifice Wall. Photo Geir...
Toofast at the base of Orifice Politics
Orifice from Murray Wall. Climber, unknown.
The Orifice: an awesome crowd in a rainy day...
Helluva view from the Orifice Wall.
Another hard day at the Orifice...Wall.
Puppy dogs staying on the porch. Jesse, Mikie, Ch...
Busy day at the Orifice Wall with the Big Dogs run...
Matt Birch on Hard Day at the Orifice.
Jul 18, 2016
Picked up a pas and a biner at the ledge before the guide wire today. If it's yours pm me with a description and I'll get it back to you