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Angel Wing 

YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 3 pitches, 260', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Manuel Rangel, Mike Knarzer, David Sampson
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 2,969
Submitted By: manuel rangel on May 2, 2006

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Angel Wing

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This route is just before you get to the second overhang over the ledge/trail; look for a massive black-lichen covered face and the bolts are just left of it on the arete. The crux is getting to the last bolt on the first pitch, piece of cake after that. A cam just off the ground adds safety for those who feel it necessary.

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Lower down on the first pitch.
Lower down on the first pitch.
Sherrie, in blue helmet, going for the last bolt on Angel Wing's first pitch.  She's at the bottom of the leaning tower.  Doug is just visible on the ledge wearing a blue helmet, also.  The more you stay on the overhang, the easier it is.
Sherrie, in blue helmet, going for the last bolt o...
Getting back on the horse after logging some air time on Angel Wing! <br /> <br />(4/25/10)
Getting back on the horse after logging some air t...

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By phil broscovak
Apr 11, 2007

Just climbed this route and have to say it is stellar! Manny and the gang have established real gems! Great eyes for lines and smartly protected routes. I led the 2nd pitch and found it throughly engaging. Not as steep as the 1st pitch but very thoughtful. The final pitch was also different from the other two but no less entertaining. This climb tops out with a sweet view. Probably going to become an Arizona classic.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Jul 13, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

One of the best routes here, and IMHO the best of it's grade in all of Iso. All 3 pitches are great, with fun moves and awesome position.
By TylerW
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 19, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Wow, great route! probably the best i've done at iso. All 3 upper pitches were varied and interesting - i'd call them 10c/10b/10a and burly/mantlishious/delicate. We saw no need for gear.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Apr 23, 2010

The route description needs updating, the first pitch actually begins below the ledge, easy 7 or 8. It is now a 4 pitch route.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 26, 2010
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Yup, this just passed Walking Dead Arete for my favorite climb out here. Agree with Tyler's assessment! What fun to set this route, nice job indeed guys and thanks for another sweet line.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Oct 1, 2010

Joe, most of the 3rd pitch is a huge detached flake. As I bolted the line, the top bolts sounded louder than the lower ones as I hammered them in. I don't think it's going anywhere, it is huge, thicker at the bottom and leans back slightly. Still spooky.
By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Aug 14, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

The first pitch (below the ledge) is way fun, and definitely worth doing!
By David Arthur Sampson
Oct 11, 2011

The name was formed in remembrance of Dave Christensen.
By NickSch
From: Phoenix
Aug 17, 2012

Was on this today and noticed a loose, sizeable block on the 2nd 5.10 pitch. It was a few moves past the small roof maybe 10 feet below the anchors. I pulled on it without knowing (its an obvious jug) it was loose and it definitely scared me. I dont think it is necessarily going anywhere soon but it would do some damage to the belayer if it did. A crowbar could definitely remove it if anyone else thinks it appropriate to get it off the route. Removing it would not change the climbs grade or quality at all.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jun 17, 2013
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

The loose block is still there and I tried to pry it loose while rapping the pitch, but it wouldn't give. Bring crowbar next time ... note to self and anyone else.