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Brokehold Mtn S 
Bromancing The Stone S 
Crying Game, The S 
Don't Ask S 
Don't Tell S 
Eye Of The Tiger S 
Foreclosure S 
Homme Improvement S 
Honeymoon's Over S 
newer project S 
No Nudes is Good Nudes (Project) S 
Oddball S 
Repo Man S 
Storming The Castle S 
Wienie Roast S 

The Tool Shed Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 32.26006, -110.64932 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: jbak on Apr 5, 2013
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Before there was a gym in Tucson, I used to come out to TV to boulder after work. I'd look up at this cliff and try to picture routes. The first time I went up and looked at it up close, I was spooked by all the big loose blocks. It was scary just to stand under it. When Joe and I worked up the nerve to rap down it, we ended up prying off hundreds of pounds of loose stuff. It is WAY cleaner now.

We also found several fixed pieces and quite a few old bolts on the upper part of the face where the rock is more solid. Apparently there was a "portaledge party" (don't ask) here in the early 80s.

This crag has cleaned up to the point that I can actually recommend it now. Several of the routes are outstanding. If you like climbing 12s, this crag might be right up your alley. All of the full-length routes except for the "bookends" are within a letter grade of 5.12. Don't Tell, Eye of the Tiger and Storming the Castle are excellent.

Getting There 

Park at the upper falls pull-outs. Look East... there it is !

20 min drive from Le Buzz. 10 min stroll to crag.

Climbing Season

For the Southern Arizona area.

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Tool Shed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Tool Shed:
Foreclosure   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Don't Ask   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Repo Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   
Don't Tell   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Wienie Roast   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Storming The Castle   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
The Crying Game   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 45'   
Brokehold Mtn   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 45'   
Eye Of The Tiger   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Tool Shed

Featured Route For The Tool Shed
Rock Climbing Photo: Josie, early run on Eye.

Eye Of The Tiger 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b  Arizona : Southern Arizona : ... : The Tool Shed
Starts at 2 bolts very close together and trends to the right up to the bulls-eye shaped "Eye" feature. Then back left to chaindraw and anchor. Lots of good movement, very sustained.Jan 8 2016: The hard-to-reach bolt a few feet above and left of the EYE has been pounded in and a new 1/2 incher installed about 2 feet to the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of The Tool Shed Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Angel on "Don't Ask"
Angel on "Don't Ask"
Rock Climbing Photo: Tool Shed: Right End Overview (February 2014)
BETA PHOTO: Tool Shed: Right End Overview (February 2014)
Rock Climbing Photo: Tool Shed: Main Wall Overview (February 2014)
BETA PHOTO: Tool Shed: Main Wall Overview (February 2014)
Rock Climbing Photo: Left to right, Jeremy on Foreclosure, Dom on Eye o...
Left to right, Jeremy on Foreclosure, Dom on Eye o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Busy day at Shed with La Tigrita.
Busy day at Shed with La Tigrita.

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By Steve Pulver
From: Williston, ND
Apr 6, 2013
where do you park?
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 7, 2013
If it's sunny, probably needs to be below 65F for a high to be even remotely comfortable after 10 or 11 AM. I can show you where it is next winter if better directions have not been posted by then.
By jbak
Apr 7, 2013
Park as for upper falls.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 8, 2013

Page 13 has a map and description of the bouldering in the Tanque Verde Wash, at the fork head left slightly uphill towards "cliff" instead of down into wash. Pretty easy to see the formation from the road.

approx parking coordinates

PS Link above is dead now, I have this on my computer somewhere if anybody needs it.
By jbak
Apr 8, 2013
Good link Christian. The word "cliff" on page 13 IS the Shed.
By Steve Pulver
From: Williston, ND
Apr 15, 2013
By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Jan 31, 2014
Getting to the Shed? With the link not working should I message Christian or can somebody write out a brief description. Is it just at the end of Tanque Verde?
Thank you for your time to respond.
By jbak
Feb 1, 2014
Click on image to enlarge.

There are 2 trails heading out of the upper falls parking area. One heads south, one heads east. Take the one heading EAST. From the start of the east trail, you can see the crag if you look straight east.

As you get near the crag, keep an eye out for a side trail branching LEFT just before the main trail heads down to the wash. If you get to where the main trail goes steeply down to the wash, you have missed the branch.

As the side trail gets really near the crag, another branch (to the RIGHT) contours directly over to the base of the crag. If you get to the ridge-top even with the TOP of the crag, you have missed THAT branch.

The approach is 10 minutes, mostly flat.

Rock Climbing Photo: trail to shed
trail to shed
By jbak
Feb 1, 2014
Closer view looking east from upper falls parking.

Rock Climbing Photo: closer view looking east
closer view looking east
By Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady
Feb 5, 2014
Thank you
By JoeS
May 15, 2015
Joe Kreidel & I went out to the Shed today and weather was great. Strange May here in Tucson. Anyhow it seems that a pair of Ravens are nesting at the top on the right hand side. We stayed on the left, but they were still quite bothered. Maybe they nest there every year. Until this year it has always been too hot to climb there in May. Also saw a small wasp nest between Don't Ask and Don't Tell with a coupe of wasps present.

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