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8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 32.4325, -110.796 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Summit Crags, as the name implies, are located near the uppermost elevations of Mount Lemmon. They are home to some of the longest and highest quality routes in the Santa Catalinas.

The seasonal raptor nesting closures limit the season here to late summer and autumn. Be particularly aware of afternoon storms and lightning if visiting this area early in the season.


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).

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

121 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',11],['5.8',11],['5.9',16],['5.10',27],['5.11',33],['5.12',15],['5.13',6],['>=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 8 - Summit Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Rappel Rock
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   Rappel Rock
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rappel Rock
Quick Death   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Rappel Rock
Steel Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 450'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
MoMo Buttress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rappel Rock
If You Bolt It They Will Come   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   The Ravens
El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   The Ravens
Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Unattended Consequences   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Raven Maniac   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Disfigured Foreigner   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Gettin' Off The Porch   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Hard Day at The Orifice   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Orifice Politics   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Eureka   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 75'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Granite of the Apes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 90'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
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Featured Route For 8 - Summit Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Lind took this photo as I'm sorting out the ro...

Steel Crazy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Southeast Face
Steel Crazy starts up the face near the left end of the Fortress. Look for the well-bolted line just left of a large corner.Pitch 1: Pumpy climbing up and over small overhang (crux?)to easier climbing above. Continue up easier terrain, slightly runout to sloping ledge. Scary, thin moves up steep face past more bolts lead to small sea of chickenheads. Follow these to two-bolt belay on huge ledge.Pitch 2: From the belay ledge, Steel Crazy follows the right of two bolted lines. Fun 5.9 climbi...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Jimbo
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.

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