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Alcatraz Wall
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Birdman T,S 
Hoosgal T 
Machinegun S 
Scarface T 
Solitary S,TR 


YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Vincent Greene
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Vincent Greene on Nov 23, 2003

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Starts at a vertical crease on Alcatraz wall between "Hoosgal" (arete) and large tree. Look for a belay anchor at ground level. If desired, you can place a medium cam in the crease before you reach the first bolt. Follow the bolts to the chains.

To get there, continue down the creek past the point where it makes a 90 degree left turn below the Cell Blocks. Continue downhill past several bolted routes on the left (40 to Life, Mr. Meanor, & Mug Shot). At the bottom of the hill look up and left to see the Alcatraz Wall.


7 bolts, chains, belayer anchor at bottom

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Rock Climbing Photo: topo for solitary
topo for solitary
Rock Climbing Photo: jeremy on lead
jeremy on lead
Rock Climbing Photo: Chelsea Cook leading Solitary. (Shot from the base...
Chelsea Cook leading Solitary. (Shot from the base...

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By Vincent Greene
Dec 21, 2003

We have added a bolt below the original first bolt. There are now eight bolots total and no need for any gear.
By Braxtron
From: ...
Mar 25, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

This climb has, literally, a bolt every body length for the duration of the route. I think it's a good lead for beginners, though.
By Cody M
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 31, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Appreciate the bolts - it's a great lead for beginners.
By KristinaB
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 26, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I skipped the 5th bolt. I am still pretty new to outdoor sport climbing and I think this is a great climb for someone in the same boat! Did a few of the routes off to the right and there are not nearly as many bolts (two for MachineGun)-however- the climbs are not nearly as high - 20 to 30ft less.
By Amy Larson
Nov 16, 2015

As a beginner 5.7/5.8 climber in winter on Mt. Lemmon, I was advised to try Alcatraz wall from Eric of StLIII. (Thanks, Eric!) Great choice! This east wall gets lots of sun and a view of Tucson to boot. Fun pretty canyon approach with waterfalls too. Easy bolted climbs and a nice day out for a newbie.

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