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Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Primus Wall
By: James DeRoussel When: May 7, 2013

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Comments: Courtesy notice: I will be taking a large group of newbies to Primus Wall this Sunday, May 12


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Standard Route (5.6)
By: James DeRoussel When: Nov 2, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this again recently after a few years, and I feel that the lower part of the second pitch warrants at least a PG-13. The protection is scarce until you reach the crack above and a fall would be unpleasant for sure. I agree that the Bender Axen start is superb.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 4 - Windy Point West : ... : Grab em in Da Biscuits (5.8)
By: James DeRoussel When: Jul 31, 2012

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Comments: The first bolt on this line is poorly placed, at 20' of the deck. While the climbing to get there is moderate, the consequences of a fall here are far from negligible. I don't understand bolting like this; what's the point of bolting a route if you have to risk a nasty fall to get on it?


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Lullabye League (5.7+)
By: James DeRoussel When: May 20, 2012

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Comments: Fun climb with technical crux right off the ground; psychological crux comes later for new leaders, since the traverse is somewhat blind and all air below you (for 20'). A quick way to find some 'cute' exposure.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak
By: James DeRoussel When: Mar 29, 2011

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Comments: I respect your opinions Aleix, but who said anything about carrying handguns and engaging cartels? I'm only trying to keep climbers informed so they can make their own decision.

I can't speak on the border patrol's motives for what they say, I'm just reporting our experience. Illegal immigrants don't scare me and I'm sure they want trouble less than I do. On the other hand, I don't doubt that most smugglers (human or drug) are well armed, and I have personally seen US Border Patrol up trail... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak
By: James DeRoussel When: Mar 28, 2011

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Comments: Smuggling activities in this area are reportedly high as of 3/25/11. We ran into an armed border patrol unit Friday night at the east side trailhead, who advised us that there was a lot of activity recently with heavily armed smugglers, and told us we were crazy to be out there at night. We climbed the peak the next day and did indeed encounter many signs of (non-climber) traffic through the area. If you are headed out to Babo, be forewarned; it is dangerous.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : La Milagrosa Canyon : Main Wall : Massive Headwound Harry (5.11a)
By: James DeRoussel When: Jul 14, 2010

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Comments: "Massive Headwound Harry" is also a reference to an old Saturday Night Live sketch starring Dana Carvey.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Red Boulder
By: James DeRoussel When: Jul 13, 2010

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Comments: I visited this area in or about 2005. We hiked around a bit to see if there were any other potential problems, but found nothing enticing enough to warrant further investigation. Still, there are a couple of good lines on Red Boulder. If I remember right, there is some old relic hardware on top. If you like solitude more than climbing, this is a great outing. The hike out takes you through some of the densest saguaro forest in the Tucson area.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 5 - Windy Ridge : ... : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: Jul 12, 2010

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Comments: I keeps it real! Old school!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Pusch Ridge : Linda Vista
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 2, 2009

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Comments: I was not implying that the area was new, or even newly discovered. Just newly "developed".


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: May 27, 2009

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Comments: Superb.


Location: Daryl Allan : Climbing : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: Dec 17, 2008

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Comments: Wow, that's one hell of an encounter. Now I have to go clean my drawers.

This was in December?!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak : East Face : The Fellowship (5.10+ A4 X)
By: James DeRoussel When: Dec 16, 2008

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Comments: rickd, any idea what year this was FA?


Location: Boodge Nomchompski : what? : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: Dec 5, 2008

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Comments: Your dog's name is Boudreaux? That is awesome.

My mom's maiden name is Boudreaux.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Pali Gap (5.7)
By: James DeRoussel When: Oct 28, 2008

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Comments: The left bolt at the anchor flexes visibly under body weight.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Battle of My Bulge (5.9)
By: James DeRoussel When: Oct 5, 2008

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Comments: The crux move over the bulge is very committing and firmly in the 5.9 grade. Pick one of the non-existent footholds, hope it stays put, and go for it!

The final bolt on this route is oddly placed...no, I take that back. The anchor is oddly placed, far left of the route...

Otherwise, an outstanding climb.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mendoza Canyon (aka Coyote ... : Elephant Dome : The Elephant's Trunk (5.7) : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: Oct 3, 2008

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Comments: Great shot at the bottom of the route! That spine of rock that is the bottom of the Elephant's Trunk trails down to the valley. Cool pic.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Thought's of Strassman And ... (5.8)
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 28, 2008

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Comments: A well conceived and well protected line with some quite technical moves throughout. I would not recommend this one to anyone who is not pretty solid on 5.8 lead, as a fall in a couple spots could spell trouble.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tony H. out there today. Thanks to TL, TH and AT for all the work out here.

  • the chains at top of pitch 2 are the rustiest I have ever seen on a new anchor. What's up with that?



Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Incinerated Ridge
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 21, 2008

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Comments: While there is some nice face climbing here, there is also a lot of SLAB :)

Also, there is a fair amount of rockfall due to the new-ness of the area. We wore helmets today and were glad for it. We saw a fair bit of rock (nothing huge) raining down from the large party next to us. Use caution. This issue should resolve quickly as routes get climbed more.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Wound2Tight (5.9+)
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 21, 2008

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Comments: Tony calls this route vertical face climbing, but it's really more like steep 5.9 slab. Calling it face climbing implies that there are holds. ;)

Getting to the first bolt is a bit hairy, but otherwise it is a well-protected and fun climb. Sustained.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : 7 Year Itch (5.7)
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 21, 2008

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Comments: Great variety of terrain on this climb! The rock was a bit flaky, but will clean up nicely as it gets climbed more. Although most of the climbing is 5.7 or less, some of the slab down low felt harder, approaching 5.8.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Chiricahua National Monumen... : Photo
By: James DeRoussel When: Sep 18, 2008

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Comments: "You're no daisy at all!"
-Doc Holiday


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Tucson Area Bouldering : Silverbell Boulders
By: James DeRoussel When: Aug 21, 2008

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Comments: The reason this area doesn't have more activity and bolting is because of a history of access issues.

Please avoid further development in this area, as it will likely lead to complete closure. We are lucky to have any access at all, so just enjoy what's there as it is.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Cochise Dome (What's My Lin... : What's My Line? (5.6 A0 R)
By: James DeRoussel When: Jun 30, 2008

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Comments: ...and a big thanks to Jerry Cagle for all his anchor upgrade work around southern AZ.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : Munchkinland Area
By: James DeRoussel When: Jun 30, 2008

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Comments: I haven't heard anything on the "fee" lately, but we hiked through the lake to Munchkinland two weeks ago. I stopped and chatted up the concessionaire employee working the snack stand, and she didn't ask us for any money. Hopefully, this "fee" issue has been laid to rest. If you do get stopped, I recommend a firm but polite refusal.


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