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The Torch area is the signature climbing area for the Refuge. The prominent rock formation bears strong resemblance to the Olympic Flame, or the torch held by the Statue of Liberty. This is a formation that attracted many previous visitors to the area, including Marcy and Geir, who provided strong motivation to us with their development of Lower Devils East. There are four areas in The Torch area: The Bulges, Wall Drug, The Torch, and Shadow Buttresses. While the road into The Refuge long provided recreational access to the 4WD community, it was only recently that the Resolution Copper Mine graded and cleaned up the road access to their exploration well drilled near the base of the Torch area. This attracted us to the area and The Torch area was the first area that we developed. The approach is under 5 minutes and the combination of sunny and shady areas for all times of day make this area a super place to spend the days. We continue to have projects here and the climbing can be excellent. There is a full range of climbs available at this area, ranging from easy trad routes to hard sport climbing.
See Overview maps for location relative to other areas. Entering The Refuge from the northern road in to the valley enables an early and stunning view of The Torch. It is a couple hundred meters beyond (south of) Dog Town and there are two trails into the area. The primary trail is opposite the graded pad built by the mining operation and is marked by cairns. This trail accesses The Torch, Wall Drug and The Bulges. The trail to the northern base and the Shadow Buttresses area is also marked by a cairn and begins in the dry wash that drains the small valley to the west and north of the formation.
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Live and Let Dyno 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Torch
Named after the James Bond, "Live and Let Die". Starts from bottom of the formation at a lovely lunch slab on the north side. Moderate climbing past three bolts and a warm up bulge gains the base of the torch where some careful moves past two more bolts and loose to rotten rock are needed to get up and traverse under the roof. Clip the bolt protecting the roof, clear the roof and pass two more bolts to anchors. Rap or lower the line. This was the first line that attracted AMH to the torch. I sco...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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