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fredrogers


Jan 19, 2005, 8:27 AM
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The Dry limestone near Tucson - quality??  (North_America: United_States: Arizona: Southern: The_Dry)
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I might visit this cliff while roadtrippin' out west. Can anyone attest to the quality of the cliff? Seems like a good winter spot but are the routes worth doing?

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I spent a day climbing at the Dry when passing through. I would probably stop again for a day or two. When I was there I was meeting someone, and we had the whole place to ourselves. I think there are more people there on the weekend though if you didn't have someone lined up.

When I was there (2 years ago) you didn't need 4WD to get in there but high clearance was really helpful. Otherwise you could be walking a long way in.

The limestone there was pretty cool. I remeber it as having a bit of flowstone and some other cool features, I'm not sure what they were called, it looked like candle wax dripped down the side of the cliff in some places.

We did find some evidence of manufacturing there though. :x The most incriminating was the chisle not so well hidden inside the big main cave. I don't remember finding any drilled pockets but then again I wasn't really looking and only spent one day.

If you and your buddy are driving by on 10 and looking for someplace new to try I would recommend at least taking a quick stop by. It's also very close to the Dragoons, aka Cochise Stronghold.


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I was disappointed. Expect scary loose shit - I'm down to 8 lives after my partner liberated a block. But you may find something worthwhile if you climb hard 12 or 13.

If you're in Arizona during the winter and want limestone, strongly consider the Homestead instead.


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I climbed there a few years ago also. I had fun on a overhanging 11a and a fun 11c. These were routes published in an old R&I mag. Rock seemed good and I will acually be climbing there this weekend when I go out to visit a friend in Bisbee. I am sure there will be loose rock for a while until the place gets a bit of traffic. I think it was developed like 10 years ago though. Don't bother with 5.10 and under routes that are at the bottom left of the cliff. Just my opinion though.


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Hmmm...seems like mixed reviews about the Dry...but I never had heard about the Homestead. Maybe we will roadtrip to there instead.


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Hmmm...seems like mixed reviews about the Dry...but I never had heard about the Homestead. Maybe we will roadtrip to there instead.

Just a word of warning about the Homestead, you will need a four wheel drive truck to get there. I also don't know anyone who has been out there since the recent rains, so the road might be washed out. It's a nice crag though, and usually you will have it to yourself.


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Just a word of warning about the Homestead, you will need a four wheel drive truck to get there. I also don't know anyone who has been out there since the recent rains, so the road might be washed out. It's a nice crag though, and usually you will have it to yourself.

I was out there a Xmas, a 4X4 is a must, This is the coolest Limestone short of Hell's Caynon, Idaho. They say there is only 60+ routes, room for 200 more I'll bet! I'm going to make another trip in March. If there was only one place to climb in Arizona I would hope it was the "Homestead".


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I would highly recommend the Dry if you want someplace scenic with a nice hike and no crowds. Dont go when its hot though, and most of the routes worth doing are 12 and up.

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