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Alcazar S 
As You Like It S 
Camelot T 
Chapalot S 
Cyberwanker S 
Finishing School S 
Forced Stress S 
Fort Stress S 
Gargoyle S 
No Name 1 S 
No Name 2 S 
Pitched Battle T,S 
Quartz Jester S 
Rupley Route, The T 
Sir Clipalot S 
Sneak Attack S 
Steel Crazy S 
Tres Frijoles S 
Yo Yo Pinnacle T 

Southeast Face Rock Climbing 

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The southeast face of the Fortress boasts some of the best and longest multi-pitch routes on the mountain. The style of these routes is both traditional and sport. There are also a number of single pitch lines that are worth exploring. The not-to-be-missed, multi-pitch sport routes are Steel Crazy, Fort Stress, and Sir Clipalot. This face is sunny until mid or late afternoon.

Advice for the multi-pitch routes:
  • Walk off rather than rappel. Be aware that this requires climbing down and up a 15ft gully.
  • Leave your pack at toe of crag as this is where the walk off ends.
  • Start early during monsoon season as afternoon rains and lightning can occur suddenly.

Getting There 

Approach the The Fortress using the directions up one level. Immediately prior to reaching the formation pick up a sometimes overgrown trail on the left. The trail winds through small bushes while losing elevation before hugging the cliff. The approach takes approximately 10 minutes from the toe of the cliff or about 30 minutes from the parking lot.

Route finding hints:

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southeast Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southeast Face:
The Rupley Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Steel Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 450'   
Tres Frijoles   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 380'   
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   
Gargoyle   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
As You Like It   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 475'   
Quartz Jester   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   
Cyberwanker   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Chapalot   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
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