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Ravelin, The Rock Climbing 

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All the routes are sport routes raging from 5.10 to 5.12. The seasons are the same as for the other summit crags, spring through fall.

Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).

Ten minutes will bring you to a metal shed on the right hand side of the road. There is a spring here on the left...its probably safe, but drink at your own risk.

Continue past this shed for another couple hundred yards until you see a green transformer on the right. A trail will lead off left, downhill toward the crags. Five minutes on this trail will put you between the Ravens and the Fortress. Keep right and follow trail down to the back of the Fortress. At the back of the Fortress turn right (west) and follow the trail angling down to the obvious small crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Ravelin, The

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ravelin, The:
Heartbreaker   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Ravelin, The
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Ball.

Crystal Ball 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Ravelin, The
Slab climb past a bolt to a three foot horizontal roof. Pull the roof using the namesake crystals. Trend right to encounter an intriguing flow of near featureless stone. Pull through the crux and continue climbing for another 50ft. The near-vertical knob and crystal climbing remains sustained at 5.10 all the way to the chains.Crystal Ball is a pleasant sustained face climb. The route has a harder crux and is more continuous than its neighbor, Crystal Roof. Both routes reward calm...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Oct 12, 2013
FWIW, the following routes just right of "Fern Roof" are walk-offs, there's anchors for belaying up a second but not for lowering or rapping: Inferno 5.10+, Crystal Roof 5.11, Crystal Ball 5.11. 60m is about 10 feet SHORT of the ground if you lower off anyway (off your own anchors, bail biners, etc..)
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Oct 21, 2016
Anyone know if these routes can be accessed for rope solo or top rope? Thanks.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Oct 21, 2016
Rope solo yes, TR if you rap to where the routes end.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Oct 21, 2016
I think there are now anchors for lowering of the routes Christian mentions.
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Oct 23, 2016
Hey Eric. Thanks homie. I was able to get some laps in here and at Murray Wall.

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