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McDowell Mountains / Tom's Thumb, AZ
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•• West Crack 5.12 Pitches110 ft
Climb a right leaning ramp for 20 feet past a tree. Cut left up a double set of cracks to a big ledge. Step around the right side of a headwall above and step up to the big cracks to the summit. Bring a small rack up to a #4 camalot.
I coordinated my first "big" event from the AMC with 40+ participants. We celebrated the 46th Birthday of the Arizona Mountaineering Club with an event on Tom's Thumb. I secured our permit from the City of Scottsdale, coordinated a fly-by with the Sheriff's Posse, gathered a few climbers, brought along my favorite photographer friend, reserved some tables at Greasewood Flats and off we went. The technical part of the set up was left to the outing leaders, who are much more knowledgeable than I am. It was a big job to get all of those climbers up on top and get all the routes working.

On Tom's Thumb we set up
Treiber's Deception (5.7)
Sacred Datura Direct (5.9)
Garbanzo Bean (5.7), Garbanzo Bean Direct (5.10+)
Kreuser's Route (5.5)
The Settlement (5.7)
West Corner (5.1)

off to the side in a boulder pile:
Wag your Tail (5.10)
Water Drawn From an Ancient Well (5.8 )

I spent most of the day doing group management on the ground and then watching over a rap station.

Scrambled up The West Crack route in a hurry for the group photo & fly-by photos. This is the typical/easiest route for folks to lead up in order to reach the summit and then set up other top rope climbs. It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather and a pile of happy climbers.


Joe can you delete Bronx's Crack (see note on nonot's trip log)
I know the climb ratings are so subjective....but when we get them directly from the old school guys I think we can use them,
Garbanzo Bean is a 5.7 not 5.10(that's Garbanzo Bean Direct).......met Chuck Graf the FA of that route this weekend...if you're doing the 5.10 you're not on the route he set and named....that would be Garbanzo Bean Direct.
Kreuser's Route is 5.5 according to the FA Tom Kreuser.
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