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Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Disappointment (5.7)
By: Ben Beard When: Oct 6, 2013

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Comments: The so called second belay anchor here of 2 pitons may not be the end of the route. I kept going up and slightly right towards the top and found a single bolt anchor on a nice ledge. This bolt may be the anchor to Invasion of Privacy, not 100% sure, but either way it appears to Marty's Rock Jock guide that the route goes higher than the 2 piton anchor ledge point.
A #5 is useful on pitch 2. We were able to single rap completely to the bottom from the top anchor on 2 sixties meter rope... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Wood Canyon : Two Face (5.9) : Photo
By: Ben Beard When: Feb 25, 2013

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Comments: The route that Manny is on is Scorpion's Retreat, the route on the right with the rope is Trouble No More in this photo.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Wood Canyon : Speed Bump (5.10)
By: Ben Beard When: Jan 13, 2013

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Comments: The crux through the roof isn't too difficult once you know the sequence, but that may take a few goes depending on your ability. I have to sort of dyno and throw to get over it.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Wood Canyon : Two Face (5.9)
By: Ben Beard When: Dec 4, 2012

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Comments: I would agree. One of the sharp quartz holds broke off at the top and the finish is some 5.9 moves.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Phoenix Areas : McDowell Mountains : Morrell's Wall : Beat Feet (5.7)
By: Ben Beard When: Nov 4, 2012

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Comments: a 60m rope does just barely get you to the location of the lower rap station (cordelette), literally inches. Using a 60 meter, we lowered the first person, set the rope to the middle, and with knots in the end, got the 2nd down safely. Be careful.
We didn't bring anything big enough for the block at the end, that was scary!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon
By: Ben Beard When: Oct 7, 2012

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Comments: Good news, the road looks like it was graded all the way to the Hackberry parking spot this week. The switchbacks and the rest of the road is in some of the best shape it has ever been.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge
By: Ben Beard When: Aug 19, 2012

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Comments: As a result of the fire and the recent rains, the numerous stream crossings on the road to the Refuge (~10 crossings?) have a large amount of mud/silt. If there aren't ruts to drive through, there is a high risk of getting stuck. The mud/silt can be a foot deep. If there has been any recent rains, make sure you have good 4x4 skills or plan on walking the road.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Lower Devil's East (LDE) : The Coop
By: Ben Beard When: Jun 3, 2012

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Comments: When you are at the top of this tower, watch out for bees. I had a bee sting my right in the forehead. There is a hive in a different tower at the same height (just slightly south and uphill) and bees like to go to places in straight lines, so you may end up being in the line of fire.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Hanuman's Tail (5.10b)
By: Ben Beard When: May 27, 2012

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Comments: This climb is pretty sustained!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : Heaven's Gate
By: Ben Beard When: May 26, 2012

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Comments: I haven't done all of the trad routes, but a single set of cams can protect most of the routes. Maybe doubles in the small sizes (c3 or tcus) for some longer routes. Single set of nuts are handy for some routes.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Wood Canyon : Dear Jam Letter (5.7 PG13)
By: Ben Beard When: Apr 27, 2012

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Comments: There is a crow/raven nest near the top of this climb. I got a bit spooked by the bird but she left me alone.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Wood Canyon
By: Ben Beard When: Mar 7, 2012

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Comments: The routes are still being cleaned up a bit. Some bolts need tightening and quick links/biners.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Octabulgey (5.10c)
By: Ben Beard When: Feb 17, 2012

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Comments: I started off on the right on a small ledge and was able to get a 60 meter rope to reach (tie knots). For some gear beta, I used a #1 and #2 c3, blue tcu, and a #3 c4. Depends how you like it. The three bolts give great confidence, and the ledges underneath the tough bulges allow you to take a look at the moves, get a rest, and pull 'em!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Pond
By: Ben Beard When: Feb 3, 2012

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Comments: the description should really recommend climbers to go under the bridge to cross. Simply stay on the trail from the parking lot along the guard rail until you meet the bridge. There is an easy down slope to get under the bridge.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Glade Wall
By: Ben Beard When: Feb 1, 2012

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Comments: There may be an owl living in the giant crack to the left of this wall.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Dacite Conspiracy (5.9)
By: Ben Beard When: Jan 22, 2012

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Comments: dacite conspiracy now has chains to the two bolts with 2 lockers on the end of the chains. The chains now allow climbers to minimize their bee exposure. If you are careful, it is not difficult to rappel or lower off a 60 meter rope. Tie knots in your ends!!!! Moves to the first bolt can be protect with a #1 or #0.75 c4. Whoever's locker and rap rings I have can have them back, just contact me.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Pond
By: Ben Beard When: Dec 21, 2011

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Comments: Josh, you could buy a Marty guide for a few bucks.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge
By: Ben Beard When: Dec 1, 2011

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Comments: As far as the road goes, as of November 2011, if you can drive to Lower Devil's, you are able to drive up to the Refuge. Also, I would recommend helmets for the belayer as there is still some loose there. Nice job on developing the area! Still a lot of rock out there!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : Isis in Crisis (5.10-)
By: Ben Beard When: Dec 1, 2011

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Comments: I couldn't find the bolts, are they at the bottom? The gear on the bottom seems really tricky, good after that.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : The Refuge : ... : The Dogs Must Think We're C... (5.9+)
By: Ben Beard When: Dec 1, 2011

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Comments: If you wander to the left in the middle of the route there is a death block, be careful. Also, be careful not to rappel off into the mesquite tree. Good route


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Lower Devil's Canyon : Hackberry Creek : Dacite Conspiracy (5.9)
By: Ben Beard When: Sep 25, 2011

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Comments: bees are still there, it was a windy day and yet a very upset sounding bee still came over to us. Definitely bee careful


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : Outcroppings
By: Ben Beard When: Aug 22, 2011

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Comments: I may be wrong, but I believe that the pull off (going up the highway) to the Palisades Trailhead is after MP 19. The pulloff is on your left side going uphill, just before the Pasilades Visitor Center. Go down a gravel road for about a mile or so to the Palisades Trailhead sign.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Northern Devils Canyon : Devil's Rejects
By: Ben Beard When: Aug 1, 2011

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Comments: This area should really be put in the Northern Devil's Canyon page


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : Atlantis
By: Ben Beard When: Aug 17, 2010

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Comments: as of Aug 17, 2010, there is another car at the bottom of Atlantis. White Lexus, no one inside (no blood, nothing). Just above the dam/waterfall.


Location: MT : Paradise Valley : Allenspur
By: Ben Beard When: Jul 8, 2009

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Comments: I made a couple trips while visiting Gardiner. This area has maybe 40 or so bolted routes, mostly 1 pitch. Very fun limestone. Buy the Southwestern climbing guide book. Park at the fishing access and follow the signs along the east river road for access.