This Tony Lusk discovery is one of the best small sport crags on the mountain - has lots of stars and very few.....lemmons. My ISP has stopped supporting customer websites, so my old site describing this (and other) crags no longer exists.
To locate on topo map, look about 1.5 mi south of Summerhaven, and about 1000 ft west of the upper Sabino gaging station. Approach via Aspen Trail.
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Stepping Into Blue Sky 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a AZ
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This Tony Lusk project is one of the best and steepest 5.11s on the mountain. Tricky, burly, devious, sustained. I used to think that the combo of Dr. Evil onto Blue Sky (Dr. Sky) was a better route. I WAS WRONG. The only reason to do it that way is to avoid breaking it into 2 pitches.Burly start at corner leads up to SE face. Tricky climbing up and left eases off after the 4th bolt. Clip one more and go around the corner to a surprisingly comfy belay stance. Then traverse left a bit more, t...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Jun 26, 2006
This place is great! I have yet to climb anything I didn't think was worth doing. The only problem is that many of the anchors are placed in a location that causes them to run over some edges. Some do not have chains so you will want to bring some one inch webbing to replace what is there. Or better yet bring some quick links and some chains two or three sets ought to do it.
From: Tucson, Az
Dec 21, 2006
There's also some fun moderate climbs there and it's a great place for some variety i.e. for climbing some 10s with a lot of overhanging but juggy sections.
There's a couple of 5.8s down and around the corner to the right that can be used to warm up for the three 10s. Haven't tried the 11As yet but they look pretty stiff..
To get to the Steep, leave the main trail near the top of the hill where it makes a sharp right turn and immediately look for a cairn on a chopped tree up and to the left...
Jul 19, 2007
|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Jul 11, 2008
Hey Jbak, in light of the recent development of the Helmet and the fact that the Orifice Wall has been around for a while I think it might of been Vince who suggested that the steep be renamed The Not So Steep. What do you think of Vince's idea if it was his at all? Should we start a forum? :):):) How do you like them smiles Braxton? This old dog may be slow but I can still learn.
Jul 11, 2008
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Jul 31, 2008
I think there have been more people at the Steep already this summer than in the previous 10 years COMBINED.
From: tucson, az
Jun 22, 2009
Anybody have any GPS cords for the Steep?
From: Tucson, AZ
May 29, 2010
A tree toppled and is currently resting near the anchors of Delt Melt. <<< Invalid image id: 106779659 >>>
Numerous other fallen trees are obscuring the approach path. Kane and I removed the smaller ones and added additional cairns.
May 30, 2010
Awesome, now I can finally get to the anchors on Delt melt. The tree can't be harder than 5.10!!
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 16, 2010
While the tree is still against the rock it is no longer a pain getting to the anchors on Delt Melt or Cres-sent. At least not since I put on my arborist hat.
Aug 8, 2011
is the start of the Alpine trail for those who have never been there. Cairns are a ways up the trail on the left side and you can kinda make out a trail starting to the left where the cairns are. The tree stump bench is about halfway between the first cairn and the start of the Alpine trail.
|By Chris Prewitt|
Aug 8, 2011
Gtorres, I believe you mean Aspen Trail.
May 13, 2013
For the first time visitor, this place was tough to find. To get to The Steep, first drive to Summerhaven, and then continue on the road past Summerhaven (as noted above, generally in a southern direction) 1.0 miles to the end of the road, noted as Marshall Gulch. The Aspen trail trail begins at Marshall Gulch.
As noted above, the climbers trail is pretty obvious, on the left, just after the Aspen trail makes a sharp right turn. Perhaps 15 minutes of hiking on the Aspen trail, and then an additional 10 minutes of hiking on the climbers trail.
Cool area - thanks for the obvious development efforts. Wally