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Dave Christensen Memorial Route 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 160', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
FA: M. Rangel, Mike Knarzer
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Apr 30, 2006
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Blacktail rattler we saw on Main Wall's ledge. It...


Start from ground to roof is kinda hard, route goes up then right to easier ground. Trend back left mostly. Follow cracks to large pine tree on ledge 160' above. Lots of face climbing with occasional crack moves/pro. Very clean with occasional steep sections but it's mostly vertical.


Walk along main wall ledge 100yds past Indecent Exposure's overhang to the next overhang and start on it's far side. Look for the pine tree on the ledge 160' above, keep heading for it when climbing. Single 60m rope and two raps, second rap on tower above arete.


Very thin pro (nuts/tcu) to #4 camalot; 12 long runners would help rope drag; bolted anchor.

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The DCMR goes @160' up the wall left of the red line.  The line stops at the pine marking the end of DCMR.  Angel Wing is just right of the red line on the arete.  It's second pitch ends near the pine, also.  You can find the start of both routes by the black lichen covered face just north of them.  In this photo of the shady east-facing main wall, a climber in white is barely visible on the far right.  That's Steve T on Walking Dead Arete.
The DCMR goes @160' up the wall left of the red li...
MK following with the drill on Dave Christensen Memorial Route FA.  We stumbled onto a gem.  The crack comes and goes but the holds keep on coming.  Mike is about 250' above the ground and the exposure is huge.
MK following with the drill on Dave Christensen Me...
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By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 26, 2010

4/22/06: 4 years 4 days ago

Dave, this is a remembrance posting for you.

I still see you kneeling across the canyon by that pool of water, living and breathing effortlessly and perfectly for the last time. Many seasons have come and gone in Iso since then: desert flowers bloomed, rain fallen, winds played, landscape shadows grown then vanished--all those shifting moments of nature to be forgotten by someone eventually. But the nuances of time, place, and season on that particular day with you is preserved eternally there for me in all its detail of an Arizona canyon springtime on the Rim.

Rest in peace....I'll always wish I could have done more.

Modo abitus non peritus
(Merely departed not wholly perished)


By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 2, 2011
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

With a bit more traffic this route will clean up nicely and easily be a 3 star fun trad line. It's wandery, but that's part of the fun.