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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',44],['2 Stars',47],['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:
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   Rappel Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Rappel Rock
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rappel Rock
Steel Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 450'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rappel Rock
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   The Ravens
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rappel Rock
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Baradur   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Raven Maniac   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
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
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
In Search of Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   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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The Rupley Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Southeast Face
The Rupley Route is a great mixed face and crack line that runs all the way up the Fortress. Although rated a moderate 5.9, the short crux face bit on first pitch was a little surprising in it's difficulty. It felt harder to me than some of the 10's at Munchkin Wall. Having said that, the bolts are pretty close together and you can always yard on the draws to get through the hard part if you get stuck.The route starts kinda left-middle at the base of the south face. The route Steel Crazy starts ...[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.