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tradtimbo


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There are a ton of places to climb in Arizona, but I want to narrow i down to a few key thing not in any particular order. Let me know where you think a good place for me to visit would be.

1) easy, hassle free camping relatively near the climbing.
2) easy to moderate trad routes. multi pitch is a plus.
3) good weather during April.
4) beautiful scenery.

I'd love to hear what you think!

Thanks,
Tim


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Since your profile says Massachussets and you are posting to the Arizona forum, I assume we are your destination?

Multi-pitch:
1) Cochise Stronghold
2) Sedona

I would also say Granite Mountain, but in April it is closed to climbing for falcon nesting. Also Rockefeller Dome in Cochise.

We also have a lot of fantastic single pitch trad and sport.

And if you are staying for a while, we are about 1 day's drive from destination areas in other states: Moab, Red Rocks, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Hueco.

Have fun!


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yes. Arizona. I like the Gunks, but they are in New York. I'm going to Arizona!!!

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Moderate multi pitch in AZ with beautiful scenery? I would second Cochise Stronghold, only a small portion is closed; Mt. Lemmon has many options also; Sedona has some multipitch moderates and gorgeous scenery. In all of these places you may find yourself timing your ascent in relation to the potential heat. April can be hot or cold in the sun and change from day to day.

As far as camping, your best bet for free stuff is cochise; some in Mt Lemmon and Sedona but do a map search and look for nat'l forest roads to follow.


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The Overlook, near Flag, has some good moderate, single-pitch trad routes. Also, you might check out Granite Dells, near Prescott, for some moderate single and multi-pitch mixed stuff. Both areas have free camping relatively close and have relatively short approaches.

Cochise, Lemmon, and Sedona are all good suggestions -- but you'll definitely have a higher ratio of "hiking" (bushwhacking) to climbing than you would find other places.


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If you live in Phoenix, AZ you don't have to drive all the way to flagg or sedona to find some very good climbing. I've found many safe areas to boulder and free solo In the city. There are Huge boulders by the zoo down in the tempe area for bouldering. I free solo many lines at the phoenix mountain preserve. I park just south of 40th and shea. Then when you get there everyone just hikes the trail to the left (BORING) I take the trail out to the right to the best climbing in Phoenix. I've been going there twice a week and have yet to see other climbers. It's great!
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tradtimbo wrote:
There are a ton of places to climb in Arizona, but I want to narrow i down to a few key thing not in any particular order. Let me know where you think a good place for me to visit would be.

1) easy, hassle free camping relatively near the climbing.
2) easy to moderate trad routes. multi pitch is a plus.
3) good weather during April.
4) beautiful scenery.

I'd love to hear what you think!

Thanks,
Tim

Not in AZ, but not very far from AZ areas, don't forget red rocks in Las Vegas.

1.) check 2.) check 3.) check and ... 4.) check.


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Hi Tradtimbo,

I am planning on a mid-march trip to the Tucson area and going to Cochise Stronghold and Mount Lemmon.

I have been scoping Cochise Stronghold for while and it sounds like all the things you are looking for. There are closures do to nesting, but there is so much climbing offered there it should not be a problem. For downloadable copy of "Backcountry Rockclimbing in Southern Arizona, by Bob Kerry" (out of print), checkout www.climbaz.com for Cochise. For additional great topos of Cochise, checkout www.geir.com

Mount Lemmon also offers some great trad climbing I understand. Check-out the Summit Hut in Tucson for "Squeezing the Lemmon II, by Eric Fazio-Rhicard. Elevation will be a determining factor on where the climbing will be.

There is free camping at both.

I can't wait to leave the Western Massachusetts winter for southern Arizona.

Good luck on your trip.

AB


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OP was made 9 monhts ago. Still, fun to think about AZ climbing.


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