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Cochise Stronghold topos from a climbing dogFinally - a dog that draws topos!
Finding information about Cochise Stronghold is rather difficult. As guidebooks have gone out of print and hundreds of new routes have been added, there has been growing need for an updated guidebook.
Toofast's Topos has been meeting part of this need for four years. Each topo on this page is carefully drawn after climbing the route multiple times and meticulously documenting it. They are constantly updated and improved as new routes are added or changed.
Toofast's Topos are the definitive dog-authored topos for Cochise Stronghold.
Eventually, all of these topos will be consolidated into a guidebook for the Stronghold. While we're at work on this, our topos will be available on this site.
Current statsAs of 12/31/2012, we have had over 56,000 downloads containing approximately 153,000 multipitch topos.
We are steadily working toward getting our topos into print. This is a huge task ... it will take a long time to document so many climbs to the level of detail and accuracy that folks have come to expect from our topos. We want to maintain the best quality possible, not to crank them out quickly, so please be patient.
We're also utilizing Google Earth to help with driving and approach directions. The few of these we've posted so far have been popular, over 1,600 were downloaded in their first few months. We'll be detailing more approach maps using Google Earth so that you can see exactly where the climbs are and how to reach them. Utilizing Google Earth is free and allows users to rotate the maps and print them from any aspect they choose. It should help you get to the climbs more easily than ever.
Google Earth can be downloaded for free at www.googleearth.com.
Quality ratingsWhat makes a nice multipitch route?
Below is a description of each "ranking" on the four paw scale:
Difficulty ratingsWe have climbed each route in Toofast's Topos multiple times and carefully assigned difficulty ratings to them so they compare reasonably with routes of similar difficulty throughout the country. Often we are able to use consensus ratings. When in doubt, I have leaned toward a higher difficulty rating in an effort to avoid sandbagging newcomers unfamiliar with the routes.
Multipitch climbs are available for download
Sheepshead SW Face: Absinthe of Mallet , Ides of Middlemarch, Peacemaker, and six Unknown routes. Over 6,700 copies distributed.
Sheepshead W Face: Ewephoria , The Climb too Tough to Die, and two Unknown routes. Over 5,000 copies distributed.
Muttonhead W Face: The Inevitable Awaits You, Mystery of the Desert , Seeing is Believing, and an Unknown climb. Over 1,800 copies distributed.
Muttonhead SW Face: Two Unknown climbs. Over 1,000 copies distributed.
Squaretop: Cragaholic's Dream
End Pinnacle W face: Endgame pitches 1-3 , Welcome to the Machine, Poetry in Motion , and an Unknown route. Over 3,400 copies distributed.
End Pinnacle SW face:
Days of Future Past , Jimmywacky , Endgame pitches 4-5. Over
4,000 copies distributed.
Whale Dome S face: Moby Dick , South Face
Wasteland SE face: The Wasteland , Sweeny Direct , and more routes to be addedWarning! Beta Alert!
The topos below contain climbs considered to be Stronghold hardman classics. Before you download the topos consider if you want to do them without the beta.
Uncarved Block , Cap'm Pissgums
Cochise Dome SE Face: Double Jeopardy , Let's Make a Deal , What's My Line , WML Direct , several unknown climbs.
Troll Wall, Mount LemmonWall of the Trundling Trolls- while this wall is not in Cochise Stronghold, it is one of the best crags in Southern Arizona and should not be missed! This is the only publicly available topo for this wall.
To help you locate routes quickly, we have added "photoguides" - photographs of the wall with the routes marked. The photoguide is an easy way to find the route; all of the beta can be found on the topos.
Troll Wall Left Side (Topo)
Troll Wall Left Side (Photoguide)
Troll Wall Right Side (Topo)
Troll Wall Right Side (Photoguide)
Further Stronghold Suggestions / Upcoming Topos
**The Wasteland. 5.8, 5 Pitches. Trad. Wandery route with complex descent. For competent leaders only at the grade. Route Description.
**Warpath. 5.9, 4 pitches. Trad. Runout in places, tricky route finding and some tricky pro. Route Description.
**Dreamscape Buttress. 5.9, 5 pitches. Trad. A very nice climb with lots of face climbing and route finding. A bit bold. Route Description.
***Warpaint. 5.10c, 5 pitches. Almost all bolts, difficult slab on very nice rock. A classic Stronghold climb. A light rack is needed for pitches 2 and 3. Route Description.
Warning! Dogs can't draw perfect topos! Errors may exist in difficulty ratings, availability of protection, bolt counts, number of cats, etc. Rely on your experience and training, not these topos, for your safety. By using this dog's topos, you agree not to hold her (or her owner) responsible anything bad that happens.Note that Toofast's Topos are constantly being upgraded for corrections, changes in routes, new variations, seasonal fleas & ticks, etc. If you downloaded a topo previously, check the date listed to the current topo to make sure you have the most up-to-date version.
Want to suggest a climb to be included in Toofast's Topos? Notice something that needs to be corrected? Use the "contact" link above.