Originally Posted by ColoradoDave
Seems to me like you could always find something around to toprope. As long as you can build a bomber anchor and your rope reaches.
There are two other complications that are a big deal in the desert - you need to be able to reach the top to build an anchor, and there needs to be a climbable route.
The buttress above Mee Canyon looks like this:
It is about 400' high. The lower angle white rock is very soft and sandy, and not really climbable without a crack unless it is really low angle. We were pretty nervous rapping off the top of the tower because it is so soft, even after putting in 3 long 1/2" bolts.
It might be possible to scramble around and put a TR from a tree on one of the scruffy short butt crack features, but it wouldn't really be worth the time. None of the good varnished stuff is accessible without leading.
You should definitely consider aiding Drinking With Gambino and TRing that though. It would be as easy as C1 gets, and wit the halfway anchor you wouldn't even need a monster rack of cams. Its a great 5.10 thin hands crack.