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The Pyramid  


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Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Dec 8, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: Here is the cliff. There is an old trad route tha...

Description 

This is a small crag that face mostly east. It is about 65 feet tall with a number of crack system and some aretes on the left end. Not a lot of climbs here but it is a nice spot and you will have it to yourself.

Getting There 

Park in the pullout on the left side of the road just after the General Hitchcock Campground. Hike down the hill 30 or 40 yards then follow the most open areas up to the cliff.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['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]


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Julie Brugger on the route.  Jimbo trying to clean a route.  It was fun on TR but I doubt it will clean up enough to be worth doing ground up.

Froggy Richard 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : The Pyramid
A good safe lead. Very well protected trad route that is either 5.7 or 5.9. Start by traversing in from the left on a big ledge or doing a steeper harder 5.9 direct start. Standard rack up to #4 Camalot. The 5.9 direct is a bit chossy but has decent pro....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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From the old Thompson/Hut guide.  Hand-written notes are mine.
From the old Thompson/Hut guide. Hand-written not...

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By jbak
Dec 9, 2012
Eric, I believe that is The Pyramid. 2 cracks leaning in toward each other.

I posted the page from the old Hut guide, but Jim's comment below (and Steiger's description in his guide) makes me wonder if the Hut guide is wrong. If the right-hand crack is really a gear-protectable 5.12-, that sounds like a nice find.

I did Froggy Richard back in the early 80s with the direct start and thought it was 5.9.
By Jimbo
Dec 9, 2012
The left angling crack is more like 5.12a. There may be a 5.10 move on it in the middle though. Not even Grossman and McEwen sand bagged that bad.
By Clay Mansfield
Dec 9, 2012
Hey Jim, it looks pretty good. Is there some honest to goodness crack climbing on it?
By Jimbo
Dec 10, 2012
It's mostly lay backing with about 3 reel hand jams. The gear is bomber on this route. The rock is not. It got blasted by the fire. Lots of crumbly kitty litter for the first 30 feet. I cleaned on it for over an hour, several more hours would be required to make it a bit better.