Ryan and I first climbed on Mt. Lemmon near the base, at “the wall of the flying scorpions”. This was a single pitch crag and near 1500ft. elevation. We had fun, even though I did split open a couple fingers in the process.
This time we decided to head up near the 4000ft area to a multi pitch climb named “the standard route“. This climb is located on Chimney rock and is only a 200ft climb, divided into 5 pitches. Perfect for me but pretty lame for Ryan!
It was a gorgeous day when we got to the base of the wall.
Ryan placed his rope and some gear near the base and we “suited up”.
There was a party of three ahead of us, so we waiting our turn. I watched the two women ahead of us in the hopes of learning the best way to maneuver the route.
Then Ryan lead up to the first anchor.
There was a big ledge here to sit and wait for our turn on the second pitch.
This is the start of the second, and my least favorite, pitch. This is the chimney, which is just large enough for your body to squeeze into the gap. You can see the last climber in the group ahead of us as she tries to work her way up the rock face.
Eventually, Ryan and I got up, through and over this pitch. Below is the top of the chimney and the start of my favorite pitch, number 3.
We waited here for a bit while the other group made their way up.
Ryan was tired of waiting at this point and was ready to head up.
The view from the top of pitch 3.
After talking with the group ahead of us, we all decided to combing pitches 4 and 5 and went to the top!
We waited for our turn to rappel off the top.
Ryan goes first and I wait for him to yell clear, then I head down. When we are both on the ground, we pull the rope through the anchor.
But the rope did not cooperate this time. Ryan had to climb back up and retrieve it!
This happens sometimes! Luckily he knew what to do because that rope is $300.00, Yikes!
After a fun climb there is only one thing left to do!
Happy Hour at Zona78!
Our next climb will be with the whole family!