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  • Description 

    This is the sunniest part of Thumb Butte and can sizzle shoes in the hot months but also provide for decent climbing during the cold. Most routes are low-angle and allow for very creative protection and nutcraft. A few bolted routes exist as well as some crack sections, but most climbs are face climbing with natural pro.


    Getting There 

    Ascend the paved tourist trail to the shoulder and then look for a small climbers trail around to the south side. With packs total approach time is maybe 20 or 30 minutes.


    5 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 South Face:
    Sunshine Slab   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
    Yellow Edge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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    Featured Route For South Face
    The Rigging is on the left arete, right next to Hidden Chimney.

    Rigging 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : South Face
    Just right of the Yellow Edge. Climb the face, along a few winding cracks, through a triangular pod....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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    By RadTrad
    From: Prescott, Arizona
    Oct 30, 2011

    Does anyone know if the roof has ever been free climbed? it looks incredible. I have yet to find any knowledge of it being climbed, any one know?

    By Kevin Keith
    Feb 27, 2012

    Mark Miller in the 80's. It's listed in Rusty Baille's Guide.