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Top of the World

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About Top of the World:

NO idea what desert SW and surrounding states' hardpersons have come and gone in this convenient little range of granite boulders, monoliths, outcrops, faces, and chunks.

Names and ascents are NOT assumed to be first or original. Just filling in an empty listing for a place I climbed in pretty often, back in the 90s.

Granite quality ranges from vertical kitty litter to some pretty good stuff. Very fractured with numerous inclusions, more chickenheads than buckets. Manzanita and other underbrush around the moisture-holding granite is dense and deep, at best. Some clear rock exists, but be prepared to prune. 4WD or high clearance vehicle is a good bet, however, you can get off the road in a normal car... but leaving it parked at an area frequented by local partiers and the odd carload of bored teens is a strictly personal call. Bring brush saw, clippers, and lots of TR slings... or all the pruning tools and a crashpad. There is definitely less good bouldering right up front than, say, down at Oak Flats, but it is granite, and there's something to be said for that.

Exposure means it's dry sooner, but windy, too, and colder than down in QC. Dress/equip accordingly.

Nearest town or city: Superior/Miami
Directions: Drive up out of Superior towards Apache Leap (uphill), the same as for Oak Flats Campground/Mine Road. Pass Mine road and drop down through Devil's' Canyon, passing the old picnic area on the left before climbing back up and out onto the plateau. Continue to obvious granite on right side of road, with large pullout and dirt/gravel road turnoff.
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