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Hunchback Pinnacle Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Justin Headley on Mar 11, 2003
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Hunchback Pinnacle is a prominent, freestanding formation just below Windy Point. Steve's Arete, which is on the cover of Rock Climbing Arizona by Stewart Green, is the highlight as it climbs the beautiful and exposed downhill side of the pinnacle.

Getting There 

Park at the pullout immediately before the Windy Point parking lot. The parking pullout is at mile marker 13.7 on the left or downhill side of the road. The trail begins by the "Parking Pullout" sign at the highest point of the pullout. The left trail takes you to the top of Wind Wall. The right trail down the drainage takes you to Hunchback Pinnacle. The pinnacle is only 100 yards from the highway. You can see it from the highway when standing uphill from the pullout but downhill from the Windy Point overlook. Approach time <5 min.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Hunchback Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hunchback Pinnacle:
Steve's Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Green Ripper   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Hunchback Pinnacle
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Egan looks for his next move.

Steve's Arete 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Hunchback Pinnacle
An outstanding overhanging arete. Really positive holds and some great crimps as you get towards the top. Beware of the pump factor, and don't fear the height of the first bolt. It's on the cover of the Rock Climbing Arizona book. Great photo ops....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Steve's Arete
Steve's Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Hunchback Pinnacle (the right formation) as seen f...
Hunchback Pinnacle (the right formation) as seen f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve's Arete
Steve's Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: top of hunchback, after doing the arete
top of hunchback, after doing the arete

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By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Feb 26, 2006
Anybody know what the new route on the south face (to the left of "Danglefoot Dihedral")is rated?
By jbak
Feb 27, 2006
IIRC it's 11a.
By Jimbo
Feb 23, 2007
EFR and I drilled this dog several years ago. I haven't been on it since then but I do remember some painfully sharp crimps through the crux section. JBAK is correct on the .11a rating.
I don't remember what we called it.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 2, 2008
the native peoples feared this pinnacle. those who ventured here would never return...well they would return, just without their fingertips. when asked about what had befallen them they would grow pale, and all they would say was that they had left their fingertips on the pinnacle because the hunchback god demanded a sacrifice.

beware traveller for if you venture to the sacred hunchback pinnacle yourself, you too must make your own sacrifice to the hunchback god...a sacrifice of fingertips.
Jul 25, 2012
saw this climb with bobby bensman doing it in an old climbing video. when i got to lemmon, i knew i had to hit it.....well worth it, and great photo op just up from the side of it so you can get the valley in the background......excellent holds, keep moving its pumpy.....
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