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Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Sabino Canyon : Colorado Crush (5.10+)
By: Joe Lee When: Mar 28, 2013

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Comments: Has some great climbing but hard to recommend without reservations. But if you like adventure climbing, get on it. It has all the requisites to be called old school. We also did a variation at the top that is very good. Before the final chimney there is a spacious ledge to the right. From here, follow the obvious line. Bring a full rack. You need gear for the belay stations.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Smears for Fears Area : Lebanese JoJo (5.9+)
By: Joe Lee When: Sep 30, 2012

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Comments: Great route. Did it differently than described but flowed smoothly.

We started further left in a nice right facing corner (5.8ish). Well below the pines, it is pretty obvious when to start traversing right. Poor rock here but easy. Continue traversing way right to an obvious small left facing corner and up to a fixed anchor (one bolt and one nut). Watch rope drag.

Pitch two is stellar. Just keep telling yourself it's 5.9.

Caution on the descent. We made a double rope rap to the ground ... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : Ripple Wall
By: Joe Lee When: Sep 10, 2012

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Comments: The approach is the same as for The Pharaoh. When heading uphill, after passing the Windy Point Overlook parking area, park on the right at your first road cut (just past the Goosehead formation).

Descend on the right (downhill side) of the rock outcropping next to the road. Curve left around the formation to get on a ridge that heads to the top of the Ripple Wall. Drop down on the left till you can see the impressive face. Continue down the left to get to the Pharaoh.

Wall gets sun till a... more >>


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : ... : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: Sep 1, 2012

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Comments: Thanks for sharing.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Donner Pass : Grouse Slab : Caifura (5.9+ PG13) : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: Jun 27, 2012

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Comments: That girl's got nothing. When I was 7 . . .


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : DAFF Dome : Crescent Arch (5.9+) : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: Jun 11, 2012

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Comments: Nice shot. Great pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Mossy Ledges Area : Soylent Green Jeans (5.9+)
By: Joe Lee When: Apr 22, 2012

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Comments: Wow. One of the the best single pitches I've every done. Stay in the left corner as much as possible. Bring 3-4 thin tips pieces. Old school 5.9+.

One gripe though. The top section is a joke. There should be an anchor a couple of moves above the roof. Just saying.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Out-of-Towners Dome : Down and Outers (5.10+)
By: Joe Lee When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: This route is right of El Cautivo. Didn't know the name. The first pitch is excellent and has a stiff move at the crack. You can A0 this move. The second pitch starts up a block. Hard clip near start. I think the third pitch goes up a steep sporty face. Not sure how the route ends. I climbed unprotected face up and left to join the last pitch of El Cautivo. Instead if you traverse left on the ledge i think you can find the anchor for the last pitch of El Cautivo.


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Sedona Area : Sedona : Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
By: Joe Lee When: Apr 2, 2012

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Comments: The standard approach has a dicey 5th class traverse move on the north limestone band. With a heavy pack. Not fun. Unless you want to do some additional climbing on the church/religion wall consider approaching from Chicken Point.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: Oct 3, 2011

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Comments: Thanks.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : Coatimundi Whiteout (5.11a)
By: Joe Lee When: Sep 30, 2011

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Comments: This comment is for those doing the Coatimundi Candyland link up (if you are strong enough to due Coatimundi in its entirety, you probably won't be concerned about this comment).

For those who don't climb hard 11, you have to be solid on pitch two. I left the dihedral at a point that seemed to correspond to the topo. The runout up and left is not trivial. The climbing is harder than 5.7. And if you are short, placing a piece near the end of the traverse is dicey. If this is your pitch, you... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : West Clear Creek
By: Joe Lee When: Sep 16, 2011

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Comments: Just some updated mileage on getting to WCC.

From the jct of 87 and 260 drive 3 miles up 260. Make a right turn on FR 144.

Drive bout 1.8 miles to FR 149 and make left turn.

Drive bout 1.1 miles to FR 142 and take right fork.

Drive bout 0.9 miles to FR 142e and turn left.

Drive bout 2.7 miles to end of road where the trailhead is. You can camp here or anywhere along the way.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Middle Section : High Exposure Exit (5.6)
By: Joe Lee When: Nov 1, 2010

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Comments: "Watch out for . . . extremely high winds that can hit during any season" Bill Cramer.

My partner and I climbed this route as a front was moving through. When we rapped, my 70 meter rope which was coiled and hanging off my harness was being lifted horizontally in the wind. The most exciting "5.6" pitch ever.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: Oct 18, 2010

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Comments: Hey. We clipped those baby's! Maybe someone can replace the buttonheads on Helm's Deep because we clipped them too.


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Sedona Area : West Sedona : Dry Creek Road Area : ... : Big Corner (5.10c/d)
By: Joe Lee When: Oct 4, 2010

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Comments: Approach from the top: we had a 70 meter rope!!!!!!!

From the first rappel anchor for Mars Attacks, we reached the second rappel anchor for Mars Attacks with a couple of feet to spare. Make sure you set the middle of the rope at the top and I would also tie stopper knots on the ends. It's a scary rappel because you will not see the second anchors until you are right on top of them. Don't lose control of your rope ends. You will get stranded.

If you want to toprope the second pitch of Big ... more >>


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 8 - Summit Crags : ... : Quick Death (5.9)
By: Joe Lee When: Aug 15, 2010

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Comments: Great pitch. Start at the only tree and go straight up the obvious V-slot. At the top, move left into the crack system. Old school 5.9.

The combination of Bender Axen/Quick Death/Black Quacker P3/left at the 2 bolt anchor with any finish at the top makes for fine day of climbing.


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area : Recompense (5.9)
By: Joe Lee When: Jul 25, 2010

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Comments: On the approach trail, make a right at the base of the cliff. And then continue left up the stone steps. After the first wood staircase, turn left onto a flat granite area with a slab above it. This is the start. The second pitch is actually pretty good. The third pitch is badass.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Rockfellow Group : ... : Inner Passage (5.3)
By: Joe Lee When: Jul 4, 2010

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Comments: This thing is crazy. I recommend starting from the north side. My partner and I wore our hiking boots. Don your knee pads. And you are ready to go. Make sure to brush up on your squeeze chimney skills.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 6 - Mid-Mountain : ... : Miss Gultch (5.6)
By: Joe Lee When: Jun 21, 2010

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Comments: Fun climb. I can't think off the top of my head a climb like this at the grade. Great stemming with nice exposure. Followed by nice move to the face. And fun slab to the top. Only one note; if the move from the chimney to the face is hard, you are probably too low. I would go up higher before making the transition.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 7 - Upper Highway : ... : Reefer Madness + Reefer Dir... (5.10- PG13)
By: Joe Lee When: Jun 8, 2010

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Comments: This climb is right on par for the Reef. Be prepared for some bold climbing.

A standard rack should be fine. I backed off the direct start but coming in from the left worked out. Might want to bring your machete. We also linked the third and fourth pitches with a 70 meter. I'm not sure if a 60 will reach but I wouldn't risk it.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 4 - Windy Point West : ... : Mean Mistreater (5.10c)
By: Joe Lee When: Apr 24, 2010

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Comments: Did this climb as one pitch. As for gear, I brought a full rack but didn't place anything bigger than a purple C4. Next time I'll probably bring doubles to a green Camalot.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Long Wall : Rock Wars (5.10a)
By: Joe Lee When: Mar 20, 2010

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Comments: This is a special climb by any measure. Classic.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Ship's Prow : ... : Photo
By: Joe Lee When: May 4, 2009

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Comments: Amazing shot.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 3 - Windy Point East : ... : Space Cowboy (5.9+)
By: Joe Lee When: Apr 20, 2009

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Comments: At the grade, one of the best routes at Mt Lemmon.