Hairpin Turn Canyon Panorama
At the base of Mt Lemmon where the Catalina Highway starts to wind up the side of the mountain, a small ravine/canyon extends down to the road. The lefthand wall of the canyon has great climbing in the afternoons in the summer (shade) and all day in the winter (lower elevation). Climbers in the area know this spot as “Hairpin Turn”- sometimes we pop over there after work to climb a few quick routes before sunset. I took this panorama on the north-facing side of the cliff where a steep, unstable, scree-covered hillside creates a sketchy approach to a few other climbs. I love the rock texture and particularly like all the curving forms and shapes in this composition. My printer can’t accept paper large enough to make the full-sized print (32″x61″) because the composition consists of two stacked panoramas to capture the whole view.