DESERT SOUTH­WEST

With its vast, open land­scape of flat desert, cac­tus­cov­ered hills, and hot temps, the Desert South­west can feel for­bid­ding. But amidst this arid re­gion there are pock­ets of ex­cel­lent stone—lime­stone, sand­stone, quartzite, and vol­canic rock—many in foreste

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BOT­TLE ROCKET (V12), THE RENE­GADE ROOF, FLAGSTAFF, ARI­ZONA

Lo­cated in the Woody Moun­tain Road sec­tor near Flagstaff, the Kaibab lime­stone here is fea­tured with hon­ey­comb pock­ets and wide pinches through a 25-foot dead-hor­i­zon­tal panel. The first ascentionist, Matt Gen­tile, has called Bot­tle Rocket the best prob­lem in Ari­zona. Body ten­sion and pre­cise foot­work are a must—along with 10 crash­pads. Nearby clas­sics: Es­cape from the Blobs (V3), Leg­ends Never Die (V6), Choss Ori­gins (V8), Ku­dos (V8)

TOO GOOD TO BE AMER­I­CAN (V3), ORTEGA MOUN­TAINS, NEW MEX­ICO

This per­fectly cut 90-de­gree cor­ner in the Nosos area of New Mex­ico’s re­mote Ortega Moun­tains can be climbed as a slab or di­he­dral, with or without the arête. First ascentionist Tom El­lis named the bloc thusly be­cause the white quartzite seemed more akin to the bul­let stone of Bri­one, Switzer­land, than any rock in the US. Nearby clas­sics: Two Stroke (V3), Su­per Moto (V4), Rip­ple

Wall (V9)

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