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Rappel Rock Rock Climbing 


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Rappel Rock from the Orifice Wall after a storm.

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Description 

Rappel Rock is located near the summit of Mt Lemmon at an elevation of over 9000 feet. Like the other summit crags, Rap Rock offers cool temps and spectacular views of Tucson to the south.

There are a number of high quality routes, including some of the longest moderate routes on the mountain.


Getting There 

Driving the Catalina Highway turning right towards the ski valley immediately prior to the village of Summerhaven. Continue through the ski valley parking lot, past a gate, and up a narrow paved road. Follow this road to the observatory where it ends. Use the gravel parking lot if you have Coronado Recreation Fee pass; otherwise park along the shoulder of the road.

Pick up the trail to the left (south) of the fenced-in antennas. After a couple minutes take the left fork onto Mt. Lemmon Trail #5. Follow the rocky road-like trail for approximately 15 minutes until you've passed a metal shed on the right. Just off trail on the left is a pipe with spring water that is safe to drink. Continue past this shed for another hundred yards until you are straight above Rappel Rock. On your left will be a climber's trail marked with cairns. Follow it downhill toward Rappel Rock and Avalon.

There is a large boulder in this area just below the trail. A few minutes on this trail will put you down in plain view of Rap Rock. Follow the trail down and around the west (right) end of two smaller formations. You will be deposited at the back side of Rap Rock. Many parties rack up here to avoid hiking back down for gear after summiting. It's also a good idea to scramble up and check out the descent.

To find the climbs, follow vague, steep trail down and around east (left) end of Rappel Rock.

Climbing Season

For the 8 - Summit Crags area.

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',5],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rappel Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rappel Rock:
Not So Easy Arch   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Charadras   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Corner   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   
Quick Death   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Black Magic Woman   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Lude   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 100'   
Rotissima Bueno   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Baradur   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Keith Hoek leads Chiboni

Chiboni 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rappel Rock
Chiboni is a wonderfully challenging pitch of slab climbing at the base of Rappel Rock. You can use this as a starting pitch for any of the lines that head for the tree ledge where the Standard Route/Black Quacker end their first pitches. Start a bit left of the toe of the buttress, move up and around the right end of a low roof and then up the undulating face above. As I said above, there are some good stretches between bolts and you'll have to keep your head about you. A Rap Rock classic!!Appa...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock
Rappel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Rap Rock.
Rap Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappel Rock aerial view
BETA PHOTO: Rappel Rock aerial view
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker.  photo...
Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker. photo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan enjoying the view
Ryan enjoying the view
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock.  September 2007
Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock. September 2007

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 12, 2004
We did this route back in 2002.

We started on the 5.9+ at the bottom for the first pitch and then did the 5.7 variation to finish out.

The hanging belay was a bit uncomfortable as I had to wait for a long while due to some rope management issues.

The chicken head pitch was fun.

Overall, the views from this route are incredible.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Jul 10, 2006
What's the belay situation at the tree ledge where the first pitch of most of these climbs ends up?

Is there just one tree or other belays to be had i.e. can more than one party belay on this ledge at the same time?

Thanks
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 10, 2006
More than enough anchors and room for more than one party Christian.
By Jerry Cagle
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 20, 2012
Does anyone ever actually rappel Rappel Rock...?
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 15, 2012
Nice!! How were the temperatures?