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By Joe50131
From Johnston, Iowa
Feb 6, 2013
I am looking for route suggestions in the 5 easy range up to 5.7 or so that can be set up on top rope in the area. My family and I are flying out from Iowa and are going to be staying with my wife's parents for about a week and I am planning on bringing my gear and would like some good family friendly places to go and climb that aren't a killer drive from the Green Valley area. I would like to keep the drive to under a couple of hours if possible. I know Mt Lemmon is near by as well as Cochise. Accessibility is a bit of a concern as we will be borrowing my in-laws car and I don't think that any off-roading would be appropriate. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!

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By Steven Groetken
From Durango, CO
Feb 6, 2013
On top of Hitchcock Pinnacle.
mountainproject.com/v/the-gimm...

It's not much, but I find myself coming back here more and more when introducing people to climbing. Easy top rope and the proximity helps with that if you don't want to drive to the east side. Bring some slings if you don't want to shred your rope. Ain't great, but still better than the Midwest. Watch for cholla and javelina, they're everywhere!

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By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 6, 2013
It is a good sized roof. Photo: Jimbo
mountainproject.com/v/jailhous...

It is a bit of a drive but way better than the previous (it is closer to you) suggestion. Hairpin turn has a few things but must be lead first and are not that easy. Good luck. Practice cliff at Windy point is good too and I am guessing that getting into the mountains when you are from Iowa is pretty fun.

Good luck.

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By Steven Groetken
From Durango, CO
Feb 7, 2013
On top of Hitchcock Pinnacle.
Knew I'd get chastised for that one, but sadly getting people out to a crag can be the hardest part in introduction to the sport and long drives don't help.

+1 for jailhouse and windy point. Any suggestion efr gives is a good one. He literally wrote the book. Windy point may be better for your situation. It's REALLY popular for tourists,(those who decide not to climb won't be sitting at the base bored) the practice cliff is a 1 minute walk from parking, killer views, great photo ops and 5.easy top rope for those in your party who have never touched rock. Plenty of other options around if you want to break off and do a few leads.

Gear can also be rented at either of the climbing gyms (rocks and ropes, the bloc) and I believe summit hut does too if you don't have enough gear to go around.

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