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8 - Summit Crags  


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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

93 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',8],['5.8',7],['5.9',10],['5.10',22],['5.11',24],['5.12',14],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
Standard Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Rappel Rock
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 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
The Rupley Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rappel Rock
Voodoo Child   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rappel Rock
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   The Ravens
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
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   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Ape Debate [Var]   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Eureka   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 75'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
In Search of Silence [Var]   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   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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Featured Route For 8 - Summit Crags
Clifford Rylands and John Hinrichsen finishing pitch 2. <br /> <br />Photo by Peter Piek.

Sir Clipalot 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Southeast Face
Three pitches; three headwalls; three stars in the guidebook.Pitch 1 (5.10c): Balance up two bolts of slab to easier climbing. The third bolt is 30ft up at the headwall. Decipher getting vertical and ascend to the anchors of the first pitch.Pitch 2 (5.10a): A challenging finger lock leads to milder, left trending terrain. Ascend a rounded arete while enjoying the scenery.Pitch 3 (5.11b): Walk for twenty feet while heading for a dead vertical orange wall on the right. The ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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smiles all around
smiles all around
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock, The Fortress, The Ravens
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
The end of summer.
The end of summer.
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit

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By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 11, 2012
CONDITION REPORT 
Still CLOSED March 15-June 31. Climbing during the closure has the potential to hurt us all, please don't be a jackass. The Steep, Reef, Raycreation Area, South Park and others are good hot-weather alternatives during the closure.
By Jimbo
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.