The Rockfellows are the most impressive crags at one of the coolest areas, anywhere. You Southern AZ boys and your escapades back in the day have always been inspiring to me. Your story is a perfect example of why. Gotta do that Abra, but it seems to be closed for birds when Ive been there.
Thanks PK! Never saw this before. Great stuff Steve, what year was it u guys did the FA? I've said this before but, I really gotta get to Arizona........ The place is just so aesthetic, it blows my brains to bits when I see stuff like this.
I had the pleasure of doing this route my first time with Chris Henze during a particularly cold Beanfest...year(Nov 89'??). First time on the route for both of us. I 'lost' the ro-sham-bo and got the first pitch. A combination of pitches 1 and 2. Walked a homemade #6 rigid friend (I got from John Fowler) most of the way up the classic and steep '10a' OW until it went to fists #4 friend size. Chris got the beautiful 11a fingers corner....which was stuffed with bats along most of the way. Thus, turning the pitch from semi-casual nice finger jams to desperate tips laybacking...lol! Up we went. On the last pitch, Chris decided to go right(off route) seeing as it was frigid and getting very late in the day. Look near the top of the formation above the detached flake. A horizontal dike leads right for 60ft or so(w/o pro) to a faint 'crack'. Classic Stronghold 'crack'. Shallow, steep, and crystal ridden. Perfect for pink tri-cams and brass HB's!! He punched it to the summit and declared it no big deal. I followed in desperate horror at his lead. Run-out and technical 5.11 in the groove, err..I mean crack. Rapped in the dark which was a first for both of us off this formation. Not straight forward BITD. Back to camp shivering, to a hero's welcome, tequila shots, and a forehead full-o-beans!!! Apparently they started the party w/o us...lol. Great post!! -MikeW
Probably the most gifted climber in Tucson, Mike defined local boldness and climbed on a tiny rack of less than ten pieces! He liked to mark his biners by drilling a shallow hole and filling it with red paint. The trouble was he chose to drill right at the failure point on the radius, further accentuating the old school maxim that the leader must not fall! Mike made quite an impression in Yosemite while he was active in the 70's, his talent being apparent to anyone watching him climb.
Wow, the mcdowlles,dragons, torn Mnt ? what is that Scottsdale stuff?
(Lol = Life on Lipitor, That mess up memory ,in high does) What a list of ballsy leads!
GAWD! Some real horror shows!