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enkoopa


Jan 15, 2013, 3:01 PM
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Grades in AZ?  (North_America: United_States: Arizona)
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Can anyone tell me what the grades are like in AZ? Soft? Hard? I'm from the northeast where the grades are pretty stuff. (RRG was a treat when I went!)


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reach out to Sonso45. He knows quite a bit about AZ.

I find that it's was not so much the grades; for me it was the type of rock and style of the climb. For example in Sedona, the rock on the towers was so brittle. I broke off more rock in the first 30 feet of my first climb than I had in my lifetime of climbing. I had to get used to a different way of climbing. In cochise the rock was amazing, but, I had to get used to slab and off width.

My home crag is the Gunks...


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Thanks! I sent him an RC email.

Ahhh slab :) I hope to avoid it as we have plenty up here :) Well, I shouldnt' say that, if it has a good rating I'll give it a shot.

We'll have to start off really easy then to get a feel for the grades and the climbing style!


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Bouldering? Sport? Trad?

We got over 200 crags and area's for climbing and a few of them even have their own grading systems. Grades here will vary depending on which style, which rock, and which developer established the given area.

Arizona has more exposed rock than any other state in the union. We are deserts in the south and ski-able mountains in the north.

In Arizona its the rock that's the "pretty stuff."


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Woops, just caught my typo now :) I meant pretty stiff :P

Trad and sport. I spoke with a buddy who went a year or two ago, he said it's pretty similar to hear in that any older developed areas will be a bit stiff and newer stuff more "normal". Which seems to be pretty routine.

I think by each area we'll work our way up to get a feel for it, and make some notes for when/if we return :)

I have seen some pictures and it does indeed look out of this world. The towers are completely unreal, hopefully there's some that I can climb!


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