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YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: M. Rangel
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Mar 13, 2006

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Terry Woolston topping on pitch 1


This is a water streak, holds are fairly stable but climb softly anyways. Pebbles rain down from the top of the Headwall and continue down eventually. Mostly knobs and edges in the matrix make for good holds. Stay low in the traverse to the left on the first pitch to keep the bolt above you. Use a long sling.


To find route, walk south about 200yds along trail at base of Headwall til you come to alcove and shallow dihedral with a line of bolts up a waterstreak. From Echo Canyon parking lot, look along headwall to tallest portion, a guano-covered pinnacle marks the left side of the climb.


Many bolts, some 1/2" x 7" with a two bolt anchor first pitch; Rap hangers on left for last pitch.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The whole view of the climb, with Praying Monk jus...
BETA PHOTO: The whole view of the climb, with Praying Monk jus...
Rock Climbing Photo: The two pitch Donamatrix follows the water stain
BETA PHOTO: The two pitch Donamatrix follows the water stain
Rock Climbing Photo: Donamatrix
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle headed up on pitch 2 (3-24-14)
Kyle headed up on pitch 2 (3-24-14)

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By Spahle
From: Mesa, Arizona
Apr 23, 2007

One of the belay rappel bolts on top of pitch two is starting to come loose. All three in my party rapped on it and it held fine but I wouldn't trust it by itself. The other bolt is still solid. Other then that it's a great route.
From: Mesa AZ
Aug 25, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

As of yesterday...8/24 I dont know that I would trust either of those bolts...The loose one is pretty loose now and the other seems to be taking the brunt ... be careful and access the situation for yourself. But the rap for the Spicebox is a hop skip and a jump away...
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Mar 31, 2009

I haven't done this in a couple of years and so I went back to see what the problem with the bolts was. Maybe someone fixed a suspect bolt, they seemed the same to me. None of the anchors was loose, they were in the condition I left them in. If you have some specific worry, send me an email.
By Homer Patterson
Nov 24, 2010

I thought this climb was a fun, well-protected lead but I found both anchor bolts were loose and I didn't feel safe using them.
By Jon Ruth
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 17, 2011

Great route. Fun and challenging. As of last week both of the anchors were a bit loose at the top of p2. The right one more so. Next time somebody goes up, bring some epoxy.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 9, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fantastic movement but hard to choose a star rating since the rock is so loose. The first anchor seemed bomb-proof but didn't want to trust my life to the second; both bolts have space around them and the right side bolt wiggles. Decided to hike over to the anchor on Headwall.
By Roger Goldstein
Apr 5, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I say the first pitch goes at 5.9 if your 5'5" due to some reachy moves in the center of the pitch. Otherwise it's classic scary assed Camelback climbing!
By Tim H.
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 18, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I think this line is best when done as one long pitch. Then it is 16 bolts long, fun. 24" Runners on bolts 3-5, don't clip the anchors on the top of P1, and sling the first bolt on p2(you can clip this pretty much from the ledge anyways).

Top pitches anchors seemed fine to me a few days ago.
By brettzenor
From: Scottsdale
Feb 9, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Super classic route, did it for the first time yesterday. A bit of precision is required on the first pitch but nothing was loose. The second pitch is super fun too but I had a crimper or two pull out on me. There's a big jug about half way up the second pitch that you can dyno to from the left side of the route, so if you're feeling up to it! All bolts were great! Including belay bolts on both pitches.
By KyleK2
From: Phx/Flg AZ
Mar 8, 2014

Fun route to link both pitches. If you extend the first bolt of P2 with a long sling helps rope drag. Also great way to access the gargoyle wall.

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