Developer, route-setter, graffiti-remover…and if he doesn’t have the answer to your rock climbing question, he will know someone who does. Ladies and Gentlemen, Cory Hanson guides you with everything you need to know for bouldering in Tucson Arizona.
- Intro – Begin with the Old Pueblo Bouldering Website
- Best Time Of Year To Climb In Tucson
- Best Camping Locations Around Tucson
- Best Grocery Stores In Tucson
- Best Sit Down Restaurant For Rock Climbers
- Where Can I Get A Free Shower
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- Best Rock Climbing Gear Shop In Tucson Arizona
- Bouldering Pad Rental Available
- Access Issues and Leave No Trace
- The Best Boulders In Tucson Arizona with Pictures
If you are looking to boulder just check out Old Pueblo Bouldering. The online guidebook has thousands of problems and you can search for specific grades by elevation range, quality ratings, and danger ratings.
Tucson bouldering lends itself to projecting as opposed to long day sessions. This is partly due to the taxing nature of the rock on your skin. This is also partly due to the lack of large areas with many climbs at any given grade.
If you are looking to session the best place to look is to Wilderness of Rocks, the deeper the better. Unfortunately, the hike and the ponderosa pine forest make it hard for those who aren’t familiar with the territory. OPB is looking to make finding your way around out there easier in the future.
Rose Canyon Lake including the entrance boulders is all right for lower grade ranges.
Lizard rock and the Matterhorn boulders are adjacent to each other and can be used together to make a little circuit.
The key to enjoying the bouldering in Tucson is to enjoy trying hard on whatever you happen to be by until you gather an understanding of what is out there to work on and when it is appropriate to work on it.
If you are looking for rope I recommend Eric Fazio-Rhicard’s Squeezing the Lemmon 3rd edition. It’ll get you where you need to be.
In either case, be sure to swing into one of the gyms and ask some locals what is in season in the grade range and style you are looking for. We tend to be an approachable bunch!