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Exiting the upper crux heading for the chains!
One of Flagstaff's finest for the grade.
Purple Shark starts out with a steep section riddled with pockets. Some technical arête climbing leads to the crux boulder problem over the roof, and onto the upper headwall.
This route starts on the arete and goes left. It had purple bolt hangers as of Fall 2005.
Setting up to enter the upper crux
In the middle of the route
Time to get a shake out before the upper headwall
Awesome climb in a beautiful setting!
In the cool two finger pocket
ammon belaying, getting up to lower crux
By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 7, 2007
Only six bolts, and Mussy Hooks at the top. The low crux is bouldery and intimidating (have a good spot to the first bolt), the arête section is a blast, and there's definite big-air potential if you exit the upper roof moves. Great exposure, too. Awesome!
From: Phx/Flg AZ
Oct 3, 2012
A little bit of history. This route was bolted ground up drilling on stance and hooks except for the last bolt. After taking some whips trying to drill the last bolt, Drew finally succumbed to rap bolting the last bolt. The last hanger was painted purple with yellow teeth around the carabiner hole to resemble a sharks mouth.