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Manny Rangel- Stewart Pocket

April 28, 2021

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Arizona climbers can scramble, dyno, jam, edge, chimney, stem, lie-back, mantel, smear, pinch and in general, climb at dozens of established areas in the North, South, East and West. Who found these crags and set these routes? Manny Rangel! Manny has been climbing and developing routes in Arizona for over forty years.

Now, Manny’s focus in an area known as Stewart Pocket, that has seen a surge of development recently. It has been a mostly undeveloped recreation and climbing area, located a couple miles southeast of Payson, AZ, along East Granite Dells Road.  As the name implies, it is a scenic basin (pocket) surrounded by granite towers, boulders, domes and ridges. Average elevation within the pocket is 5,000 feet, and the area is a beautifully forested pinyon pine and juniper woodland.

Manny writes: “Since I was first invited to climb at Stewart Pocket with Scary Larry in the late 80s. I've been happily enjoying the place by myself with a few partners and friends. I am really glad to see it get more love. If you love exploring and climbing a little, this is should be your next stop. This presentation will give an overview of the locations and approaches to several crags. There are a few crags that are still under development but don't expect crowds. I've only seen a "crowd" at Whipper Wall, the Joint and Stewart Peak. I'll focus on these four crags during this presentation. “

We'll be meeting via Zoom, so you'll need to RSVP to the invitation on MeetUp and make sure your MeetUp settings allow messages. If you need to download Zoom, please do that ahead of time at (It's free to sign up.) Then you just need to follow the link a few minutes before the event starts.

We'll see you then!

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