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.
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.
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Sunshine Slab 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Yellow Edge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
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Sickle Roof 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13 AZ : Central Arizona : ... : South Face
Climb Sickle (5.10a) but instead of continuing to traverse under the roof, go straight out over the roof. a V5 boulder problem is the crux of this roof. If the roof proofs to be to challenging, you can still bust out right under the roof to finish on Sickles ending moves.Make sure the second is tall enough to reach the gear in the roof!! you will have to leave it if they cant....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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