Cochise Stronghold, Sept 2022

We ticked a bucket list item with a road trip to Cochise Stronghold in September. Much planning went into this trip which mostly involved finding someone to take care of our very bad crag dogs and our horses for 10 days.

Rocky Ranch Rover Nav station
Giselle plotting course for Cochise Stronghold
Rocky Ranch Rover
Long haul but we made it. We decided to check out the West Side of Cochise which offers tons long trad and a decent selection of short sport routes as well. The road in was semi-epic with many washed out sections, but RR Rover handled it OK. Our first bivy was in the Isle of You area near “Sweet Rock”.
Climbing on Sweet Rock
Giselle leading another moderate at Sweet Rock, Isle of You area
Exploring around Trad Rock, Isle of You area
Trad Rock
Trad Rock. Bolted face climbing with “ground up” placed bolts.
Giselle Leading on Trad Rock
Giselle leading super classic black water streak on Trad Rock, Isle of You area
Trad rock, Baby Jr.

After a couple of days at Isle of You, we relocated to Sheepshead area, which is one of the main bivy spots with best access to Sheepshead formation and many superb multipitch trad routes.

Sheepshead bivy, shared with “Bessie”, A.K.A. #72

Sheepshead from camp
We decided to try Ewephoria, a 5 pitch 5.8 which takes the left skyline of the prominent Sheepshead formation, seen here in the upper right quadrant of the photo.

Humping to the base of Ewephoria, on Sheepshead, left.

Looking up the awesome boiler plates on P4 of the superb Ewephoria.

Looking down from the same belay.

Top of P4

Mike McClarty, AMGA Pro and our hero.

Sheepshead summit
View from Sheepshead summit towards camp.