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Raptor Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.27122, -111.0462 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: arjunmh on Mar 3, 2014
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The highest ridge top in The Refuge, Raptor Ridge is also one of the most recent to be developed. It overlooks the entire valley and provides captivating views in all directions. The Roost Area is north facing and is a cool place to climb even when the rest of The Refuge is warming up. The west and south faces of Talon's Grip Area and Penguinland Area get good afternoon sun. Because of the ridge crest location there are often higher winds up here, but it also gets the last sun to shine across The Refuge.

This area was pioneered by David Sampson's vision to tackle the biggest overhang that we'd seen in Lower Devils. Friends helped and the route was explored, which also opened up the area. His vision for the route, which remains a project, galvanized forces and soon Arjun Heimsath joined with other route development that spread over the next couple years to span the entire ridge. As of March 2014 there are 31 routes that are mainly traditional, but offer a range of sport routes as well. Many friends and climbing partners have explored this Ridge over the various trips out there and it is with pleasure that we are now posting the routes that we have put in here.

Here's a sketch map of the routes drawn with a photo of the area and a few routes mapped in to help locate. Individual areas will have more detailed maps and each route will have photos showing the routes in detail at some point down the road.

Rock Climbing Photo: RR route overview map.
RR route overview map.

Getting There 

See overview map for main view of The Refuge. The zoom in that is in the current PDF guide shows where Raptor Ridge is and is posted here as an imagine. RR equals Raptor Ridge. From the parking area for Dog Town head up the opposite slope to the prominent set of cliffs on the ridge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: #22 is Prey for Penguins.

Prey for Penguins 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Penguinland Area
Short face to the right of Penguins to the thin vertical and overhanging finger crack. Pass the slight roof and continue up vertical face to big ledge on top. Pull final roof and stand up in delight, raising your hands like DAS is in the photo!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Raptor Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: DAS and the view north from the top of RR. Wow, ye...
DAS and the view north from the top of RR. Wow, ye...
Rock Climbing Photo: The long view up, camp spot in the foreground.
The long view up, camp spot in the foreground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of Raptor Ridge with the areas outlined. The...
Photo of Raptor Ridge with the areas outlined. The...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking on up there. It is the "longest" ...
Hiking on up there. It is the "longest" ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Better resolution photo of the "RR Areas"...
Better resolution photo of the "RR Areas"...
Rock Climbing Photo: Raptor Ridge Areas
Raptor Ridge Areas
Rock Climbing Photo: One of our early development weekends. Note the ma...
One of our early development weekends. Note the ma...

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By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Mar 5, 2014
Apologies for confusion as I get these routes and maps posted -- seems like I'm running into a few glitches as I navigate the system and deal with editing. BUT, good thing is that when all's said and done there will be 29 routes up and 2 projects (one that we will surely send this Spring, yes, yes..!!). Again, please don't send the projects. Am posting them to help you navigate to the other routes and get a sense of the whole area, not to encourage poaching.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Mar 5, 2014
Ok, I give up -- the "title" photo for this new area was meant to be the overview photo with sketch map of all the routes. Doesn't seem to work, so just click on the apt photo from the ones below to get the overview.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 6, 2014
I elevated what I believe is your desired photo. Let me know if that works. Alternatively you can add photos to your description.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Mar 6, 2014
Thanks! Sure, that will work -- I was thinking that the annotated photo with the sketch of the route locations overview would be a good one to have on the "main" Raptor Ridge page and then folks will be able to zoom into the 3 specific areas. Am basically working on posting routes from left to right and as I sort through my photos and notes. I will try to edit my description to insert that photo into it. Thanks again.

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