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Praying Hands 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 400'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
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Season: south facing
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Submitted By: markguycan on Dec 3, 2006

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Looking up into the Bombay Chimney!

Description 

P1: Climb the muddy chimney between the Minister and the main wall (5.9). Belay from a good ledge.

P2: Follow a lower-angle hand crack past flares (5.9), then 5.11 OW roof without feet (worm up), then 5.10a traverse left past bolts. Climb an incipient crack and face past vegetation to the rap anchors.


Location 

Rap twice with two ropes.


Protection 

Lots of big stuff; single set of smaller stuff.



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By Todd R
Nov 17, 2007

John didn't have to entice me too hard to finish this route with him, as I had a penchant for OW at the time. The OW roof pitch is perhaps the coolest pitch of climbing I've ever done. Bring a camera! Another tip- take your helmet off before you get into the chimney- my Petzl Ecrin Roc didn't fit!

By jayci
From: Flagstaff
Feb 6, 2011
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

This is a great adventure route! The roof pitch is fantastic climbing with great exposure. The traverse after the roof is memorable. Just don't go into it expecting flawless rock.

By Dean Hoffman
Feb 12, 2011

Had a blast on this thing! I was a bit skeptical, but holy S!!! the bombay chimney was one of the wildest sections of rock I've climbed in Sedona, mentally and physically challenging! Glad I've got a 30 waist size cause it was tight! Amazing exposure and after all was said and done a really really fun route. First pitch so so, second gets better and better the higher you get, third is mentally and physically challenging, 4th is a means to an end, and five was the cherry on top. Definite next step if you've climbed Krackatoa, or the last pitch of Inception/Original route on SuperCrack. Needs more traffic! One clarification after talking to John, when you get into the notch conitue straight up, stemming between the two wall. Once on top you should be able to access a bolted anchor on the small pillar beneath the second pitch.

By Ryan Z
Mar 23, 2014
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

P1 - Dirty chimney/OW 5.8
P2 - Nice hands and thin hands (5.9)
P3 - Squeeze business (5.10+)
P4 - Short, balancy, fun traverse to the left (5.9+)
P5 - Flakey petina with poor gear. Right, and directly up from the bolted belay, not for the faint hearted (5.10)

I had a great time on this thing, P3 one of the wildest pitches I have climbed in Sedona. The rappel is super easy. From the top it is a single rope to the anchors atop the squeeze pitch. Followed by a double rope rappel back to the ground. I think the last pitch could really use a bolt. If the gear was good, or the rock was good it would be no problem, but the combo of the two does not inspire confidence.

I am not positive that we climbed the correct P1 or the correct P5. We rappelled into the notch between north tower and the main wall. I do not know if (2) 60m ropes would make it from the top of the squeeze pitch to the ground on the west side of the first pitch.