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Spectrum Wall

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Battle of the Bulge S 
Broken Blade, The S 
Central Limit S 
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Corner Exit S 
Infrared Heart S 
Over and Back S 
Phosphorescent S 
Route 66 S 
Sampler, The S 
Thief, The S 

Spectrum Wall  

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 32.41701, -110.74986 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Joe Kreidel on Apr 8, 2014
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Josie and Willow enjoying the day at Spectrum Wall


Spectrum Wall is a small formation of very high quality rock overlooking Upper Sabino Canyon, directly across the canyon from The Steep. While there are not a ton of climbs, they span across the range of difficulty from 10a to 13d, with something for everyone in between.

Climbs are all west facing. AM shade, PM sun.

Getting There 

Park at Box Camp trailhead, and begin hiking. Follow Box Camp Trail for a few minutes, until you see the large cairn for the Ireland trail. Turn right, and follow the Ireland trail. Pass through the baby pines, and down a small hill.

At the bottom of the hill, the Ireland trail veers right. You will climb over a large downed tree, and pass between two knee high boulders. Walk another 20 feet, and look left for a small trail heading south along the ridge line (while the Ireland trail continues westerly towards the canyon). This is the trail that leads to Spectrum - turn left, and follow this trail.

Follow the cairned ridge line through a sea of fire-damaged trees, and down into a steep gully. Cairns lead you down the gully until the trail crosses the gully at a small pool of water.

Continue across gully, following the obvious trail leading down the steep hillside, until you arrive at the top of the crag. Contour around the right side of the crag, dropping down the gully. Scramble down a boulder, avoiding the big hole, and the gully will deposit you at the left end of the crag.

30-35 minutes down, 35-45 minutes out. Save some juice for the steep hike out.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spectrum Wall:
Corner Exit   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Phosphorescent   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
The Thief   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Over and Back   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Infrared Heart   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Route 66   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Chiquito pero Picon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
The Sampler   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For Spectrum Wall
Stellar shot by Blake Mccord Photography. Exiting ...

The Broken Blade 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Spectrum Wall
Joe S and K clued me in to this stunning line with the caveat that it may not go at all. Sure enough it was one of the blankest walls I had seen on Lemmon, with many of the holds not apparent even now with chalk on them. However, unlikely holds appeared, sequences emerged, and The Broken Blade was born. The route begins in the middle of the face to the right of Infrared Heart. At the first bolt launch into a progressively difficult boulder problem requiring extreme tension and fingers of rebar. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Spectrum Wall from across the canyon
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John and Joe scoping out the lines
John and Joe scoping out the lines

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By jbak
Apr 9, 2014
hmmm...well...waddaya know
By Joe Kreidel
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 10, 2014
Jbak, I was surprised to hear you hiked out here, but never climbed anything. It turned out to be a fun little area.

The leftmost bolted route on the wal is currently a closed project, but should be sent soon.
By Luke Bertelsen
Apr 12, 2014
Nice job, guys!!! Lots of untapped rock out there. Glad to hear more folks are gettin' after it.