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Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 22, 2012 - 12:53pm PT
Loz Owen on the top of one of the Rockfellow pinnacles. We had just fi...
Loz Owen on the top of one of the Rockfellow pinnacles. We had just finished a very cold ascent of days of Future Past
Credit: Blakey

A pitch on something, &#40;I can't remember what&#41; that finishes on...
A pitch on something, (I can't remember what) that finishes on the top of the Sheepshead
Credit: Blakey

Looking down the first pitch of Stampede on the Sheepshead. Courtney P...
Looking down the first pitch of Stampede on the Sheepshead. Courtney Phillips climbing.
Credit: Blakey

Looking down around pitch three of Warpaint
Looking down around pitch three of Warpaint
Credit: Blakey

Jill Lawrence leading an 11 at The Isle of You
Jill Lawrence leading an 11 at The Isle of You
Credit: Blakey

Roadside cragging on Mount Lemmon - can't remember what - anyone know?
Roadside cragging on Mount Lemmon - can't remember what - anyone know?
Credit: Blakey
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 22, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
Centerpiece on Chimney Rock, I believe. One route left of Single Lens Reflex.

You may be amused to know that the third pitch headwall on Days originally had only a single bolt...But that is another story!
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 22, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Steve,

Would that be this one, not many on this I recall, one or two maybe (in 2003)

This was our pitch three, at the end of the crack
This was our pitch three, at the end of the crack
Credit: Blakey

Or the next, which was about 5.8?

Loz leading to the summit
Loz leading to the summit
Credit: Blakey

The architecture on the descent was awesome, the rap followed the line of a wicked looking off width thingy - very scary to contemplate climbing it.

Credit: Blakey

With timezones and all, are you up early, or late, it's 2130 here?

Best,

Steve
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 23, 2012 - 06:43am PT
The third pitch is the first photo and has three bolts these days after we added a couple when we completed the route.

Late my friend...and early!
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 26, 2012 - 11:42am PT
Bump


Serenity Slab,? Anyway down the gulch from Moby Dick
Serenity Slab,? Anyway down the gulch from Moby Dick
Credit: Blakey

Looking up the finger flake pitch on Abracadaver, much, much harder  t...
Looking up the finger flake pitch on Abracadaver, much, much harder than the wideness below!!
Credit: Blakey

Looking down Dem Bones
Looking down Dem Bones
Credit: Blakey

Sunset, West from the Stronghold
Sunset, West from the Stronghold
Credit: Blakey

Steve
t*r

Mountain climber
love, trust, pixie dust
Apr 26, 2012 - 11:44am PT
i love the southwest. i love arizona. i love this thread. i love all the great photos. thanks y'all! keep it coming!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 26, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
Blakey cleanin up!

Nice tick list you got there in the Stronghold.
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 26, 2012 - 02:34pm PT

There's more yet...but this thread's like a poker game - yer don't wanna show all yer hand too early ;-)

It is a fantastic place. I had the privilege of living for 18 months in Sierra Vista, only 50 min from the Stronghold.
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 27, 2012 - 02:51pm PT
C'mon folks......post up!

Table Dome Mendoza Canyon
Table Dome Mendoza Canyon
Credit: Blakey

Pitch two of Table for Two
Pitch two of Table for Two
Credit: Blakey

Looking down pitch three
Looking down pitch three
Credit: Blakey

Looking up the flake on pitch four
Looking up the flake on pitch four
Credit: Blakey

Looking back to Elephant Dome
Looking back to Elephant Dome
Credit: Blakey

The Wily Javelina
The Wily Javelina
Credit: Blakey

Courtney Phillips - The Wily Javelina
Courtney Phillips - The Wily Javelina
Credit: Blakey

Summit shot, Courtney Phillips and I. I'm the not studly looking one.....
Summit shot, Courtney Phillips and I. I'm the not studly looking one... ;-)
Credit: Blakey

The view from the top of Table Dome towards Kitt Peak &#40;I think!&#4...
The view from the top of Table Dome towards Kitt Peak (I think!) There's ten or twenty times more rock in this one view than the entirety of the county i now live in1
Credit: Blakey
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 27, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Nice photos mate!

Whole lotta good climbing around my hometown!

Did you do the second and third original pitches on Abra as one?

Curious how difficult you think that route was?

More Abracadaver here...

http://www.supertopo.com/inc/postreply.php?topic_id=329103&tn=80
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
Apr 28, 2012 - 12:49am PT
Hi Steve,

I was on Abra with Courtney, who was a 'recovering crack climber'!

He linked pitch one and two
Courtney Phillips starting pitch one of Abra
Courtney Phillips starting pitch one of Abra
Credit: Blakey
Courtney heading towards the belay
Courtney heading towards the belay
Credit: Blakey

I remember the first pitch as very straightforward, the 5.9 second pitch (5.9 ho, ho) was the work of the devil. I at least had pants on. Court wore shorts. Somwhere half way up I recall an old bolt, out on the right edge. How that was drilled was beyond me. The fabulous finger flake was a romp by comparison. A funky move out left at the top to the belay was spicy.

At that point we bailed - it was bitterly cold, early Feb I think and in the shade

Credit: Blakey

So we called in on What's my Line on the way out which I managed to do free.

the plates on What's my Line
the plates on What's my Line
Credit: Blakey

I did most of my climbing out there with Courtney, a very fit bloke who I've sadly lost contact with. I think he's out in SLC now. If anyone knows him tell him to drop me a line.

never had a bad day in the Stronghold - an absolutely magical place - and virtually unknown in the
UK.

You and your buds were the cats who got the cream!

Steve
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Apr 28, 2012 - 08:36am PT
I think this thread still needs some shots of Leviathan Dome-- anyone? Alas, I didn't take any.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 28, 2012 - 08:37am PT
Actually a couple of cool cats of the Empire by the names of Littlejohn and Motherseal visited the Stronghold back in 1979.

They did Echoes, the first route on "Dappled Dome" as they called it at the time.

The name should have stuck but somehow the much less colorful Entrance Dome did.

The also did Wishbone on Cochise Dome.

I had the pleasure later in their visit of watching Pat stroll up Butterfingers in Yosemite like it was a VS!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 7, 2012 - 09:23am PT
I had the pleasure of sport climbing (gasp!)with D Baker on Mt Lemmon this weekend.
Great guy!
I had to tell him he ruined my life.
Why?
He sold me my first pair of climbing shoes in '88.

Maybe my teeth would be in better shape, maybe I'd have some savings, a college education, more brain cells, less crows feet...

Nah.
Actually, Dave, you saved my life.
No regrets.
And thanks for all the stellar routes and for running Tucson's only climbing shop.

I love rockclimbing.
Love my home state, my local mountain, fellow natives.
MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 10:03am PT
Great shots, Blake - thanks for keeping the stoke alive.
Blakey

Trad climber
Newcastle UK
May 7, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
Just for you then, some of Warpaint .........

An unauspicious, but difficult  start doesn't hint at what's above, Co...
An unauspicious, but difficult start doesn't hint at what's above, Courtney Phillips on P1.
Credit: Blakey

Next bit is a little messy, but takes you to the base of the main event...

Courtney at the base of pitch 3
Courtney at the base of pitch 3
Credit: Blakey

Which I got, woohoo!

Credit: Blakey

Courtney got the steepening above, here's looking back down at the belay from above the bulge.

Credit: Blakey

Coming up the slab below the pitch five belay.

Credit: Blakey

And the last pitch, I think this may have been an alternate finish - anyone know?

Credit: Blakey

All the while enjoying the unique stronghold ambiance......

I never had bad day in the Stronghold, and regardless of when I was there, mid week or weekend, usually we had the place to ourselves.

It was really busy that day - there was a party on Moby Dick!

Credit: Blakey


Steve
nature

climber
CO
May 7, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Credit: nature
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
May 7, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
Warpaint is a fun one. Top it off with Cotamundi Corner on the hike out!
MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
The initial moves on Warpaint will wake you up!

And I love the view of Elsie the Cow as you get higher.

Da Animal Guy messin' with Da Doctor on Sheepshead:

Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
May 8, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
As Rod !!!Stewart says, ...some guys have all the luck: like Mr E cherry picking 'Arizona Appreciation Thread'. This thing will get to one bazzillion posts and make every Californian and even Roxjox moving to AZ! So here's some more fodder:

starting with the classic radical on the classic mace!



Saturday got on Elysian butress for the first time (wow I've lived here for 14 years and hadn't done this !!!!!) Met a new and great climbing partner this day









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