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White Wedding 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c R

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Steve Grossman, Paul Davidson, June 21st 1982
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Submitted By: Paul Davidson on Aug 14, 2008

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Description 

A great hand crack in that slightly sandy Cocoweap of Pumphouse wash. Because it's a hand crack with good jams, the rock character is less of an issue than some of the climbs in Pumphouse.

Steve thought it was 5.11, I recall thinking it was a bit easier so that probably means that it has some thin hand sections.

I doubt this has had a second ascent yet because it needs some bolts for the belay on the first and probably for the lead on the second pitch. With those in place, this would be a classic.

On the first ascent, I was following the first pitch and was almost to the small roof when Steve yells down,
"Don't fall on this pitch."
I get to the roof, get a jam in above the small lip when a 2 ft cube comes off in my lap. I manage to keep the thumb down jam with my left hand, trap this rock on my lap with my right hand, and then count 3, cut my feet loose and give the rock a good flip with the right arm and let it fly to the ground.

When I get to the belay, I find Steve buried back in this wide slot in a full butt chimney stem. The belay nut is a #3 hex sideways on two points and a Grossman stem (pretty solid actually.)

Take a bolt kit and put in a belay.

Second pitch was a pretty full rope length with some 5.8 friction climbing off very manky gear (2 or 3 pieces in a full pitch ?) Add a couple of bolts to the pitch and you'll have a pretty decent climb in a great spot.

I will say though, that I was not a real happy camper running out almost a full rope and doing some sandy 5.8 friction moves over some overlaps while I was thinking of the belay Steve had in. And this was after I'd been climbing Sedona for many years. 2nd pitch was a bit like Dresdoom, only on the whiter rock.

Belay the second pitch on top off big pines.
I'm starting to remember that we might have had to simul for 15 ft or so for me to reach the top of the plateau.

Name comes from the fact we did this the day before my wedding.

We didn't have a bolt kit along because we figured we'd be crack climbing. We'd gone down for a late afternoon climb and ended up with a most memorable ascent.

I've given this an R, but it really deserves an X for the belay and runout second pitch. But since you've been warned to add bolts, it should become PG13 at worst. And yes, you can add bolts to the first belay and second pitch. You might even need to add in a belay on the second pitch but probably not with 60m ropes.

Location 

This is the beautiful hand crack/corner on the west side of Pumphouse, across (and slightly upstream) from Ultimate Diehedral.

Conversely, from Ultimate Finger crack, walk downstream and start looking on right wall (west side) for the cool looking corner with a small roof ~half way up first pitch.

Edit: From the 2nd pic looking straight up, looks like the little roof is more like 1/3 way up the pitch and more of a pod. Nice pics, classic climb.

Protection 

Standard Grossman rack (that means triples of everything, at a minimum.) Sorry, I don't recall the nut list. It's a hand crack for the most part.


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By Paul Davidson
Dec 11, 2011

BTW It sounds like this has had at least two ascents now of the first pitch and a belay/rap station established out to the right of the pod. Don't think anyone has bothered to do the second pitch.
I wouldn't recomend the 2nd unless you're into Dresdoom style stuff, although easier climbing, but sandier rock, very scattered pro. That's what I recall anyway, caveat leador. At the time I was motoring to beat the sun (& very comfortable on Sedona's crap) and only vaguely recall a few 5.8 type "roly poly" bulges. As mentioned above, take a bolt kit and put a couple in if you want to do the second to the rim. Maybe break it into two short pitches ? Or perhaps a 60 (& I would guess a 70 certainly would) reach the rim.