Backcountry Desert Trad climbing.
3 miles up Pima Canyon, on the right and up the hill. The dam is 3.1 mi.
Hike slightly past the obvious wide crack until you are below the black water streak, then cross Pima canyon and head up the small drain formed by the water streak. Diagonal up and right, passing a large bolder, to the base of Psycho Man.
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Park at the Pima Canyon trailhead, at the end of Magee rd. in the Catalina Mountains, Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Tucson AZ. Take 1st Ave north, pass Ina Rd, it becomes Christy, then it tees into Magee Rd. the Trail Head is on the right. The gate opens @ 5am. There is no camping w/in the first ½ mi. To park over night you need a Pima Co parks and recreation permit; 887-6000.
This is a popular hiking trail. Please observe low impact backcountry ethics in this area.
Snakes, scorpions, wasps, and other desert dwellers occupy this area. The climbing is in the shade most of the day depending on the time of year, and on how early you get there, it can get cold, and hot. Bring lots of water and a change of clothes.
Discovered in 92, the OCB saw its first route, Psycho Man on xmas eve, 1998, one week before the Black Sabbath reunion tour. Most routes were established ground up with natural belays, and required walking off.
A 60 m rope is needed to rap or lower, watch your rope ends! The tall section is 210'
Rack; Doubles from 0 TCU thur #4 Camalot, nuts, 7 draws and runners.(at-least)
I'd like to quote an old timer, JD, who said to me," this aint no practice area, this the the real thing".
The OCB is Backcountry Traditional style strenuous full body climbing. The ratings may seam a bit sand bagged if you are not good at climbing crack technique. Pay attention out there.