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Nov 27, 2012
Second pitch of MF at the Gunks, on 1/12/08.
Hi Arizona climbers. We're planning a trip to your state around Christmas-New Year and are wondering what areas have relatively kid-friendly climbing (we have an infant). Sport (grades 7-12a) or single-pitch trad (grades 7-10) would be best.

Our only previous Arizona climbing experience was at Mount Lemmon, which was great but the areas we went to (mostly near the hairpin) don't seem like they'd be great with a kid. So we're open to more Lemmon climbing but would need help narrowing down the crags since that mountain is huge.

Any ideas?
Dr. Evil
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 18, 2006
863 points
Nov 27, 2012
I have two kids. I take them to Prison Camp (Jailhouse), Munchkinland & Troll wall. Kirk Hutchinson
Joined May 29, 2012
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Nov 27, 2012
Consider Sweet Rock in West Cochise Stronghold. Not on Mt. Lemmon, but about 90 minutes southeast of Tucson, near Tombstone. There is free camping nearby, with shade available all day. The approach is very short (<100 feet to some climbs), the belay area is relatively flat and open, with space for baby carrier near the belayer (should you have that in mind). Mornings can be chilly, with sun in the afternoon.

mountainproject.com/v/sweet-ro...

Nearby is also Trad Rock (all sport...), which has a steeper 5 minute approach and a large flat area under some of the better routes.

mountainproject.com/v/trad-roc...

For Mt. Lemmon, consider Sun Spot Crag for a 10-15 minute, somewhat steep approach, again to a relatively friendly belay area at some routes. As the name suggests, it is sunny.

mountainproject.com/v/sun-spot...

Enjoy!

Don't drop da baby!
smithb
From Flagstaff, Az
Joined Apr 26, 2010
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Nov 28, 2012
roo, my only son, the stare that takes down a herd...
the time I went to Sweet Rock, it was like a daycare. Lots of room for kids and parking was close by. Depending on how your kid travels, The Pond or The Mine area of Queen Creek could be a good area too, for sport. The Pond would be best if you carried your kid in a backpack. The Mine Area is about 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile easy walk in. Ben Beard
From Superior, AZ
Joined Jun 9, 2009
240 points
Nov 28, 2012
Prison Camp would be best on Mt Lemmon, Munchkinland too cold, Sunspots kind of brushy and uneven at the base and a much more strenuous hike, but warm on a cold day.

Kind of depends on the kid too, my daughter would never stand for being stuck in a carrier or even a portable playpen so I never took her out until she was walking and then only with a third person to watch her. Prison Camp would be the most comfortable for feeding, changing diapers, walking around etc..but on a colder day the harder routes that go in the shade later in the morning would get cold quickly.
Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Joined Jul 22, 2005
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Nov 28, 2012
Second pitch of MF at the Gunks, on 1/12/08.
Thanks for all the replies. This is really helpful!

The pipsqueak does well in a carrier, and we've gone on all-day hikes together. So we would be up for places with longer approaches as long as the approach isn't a scree field or something too loose/exposed/scary.
Dr. Evil
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 18, 2006
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