Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Darren Singer
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Shared By: Kole DeCou on Aug 23, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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This is one of my favorite, all natural gear pitches of climbing anywhere. Easily toproped after climbing the Sword. A short bit of steep hands leads to finger crack which takes you under the roof. Plug in a black alien in a seam to the right, then bust out some wild moves out left, and undercling back right again to turn the roof. One more crux section guards the chains.


Starts just left of the Sword, under the big roof 70 ft up.


Nuts, doubles to #2 Camalot with triples black-yellow Alien.


JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
A very classic pitch- just another must do if you're up there. Bring one #1, one #2, and one #.75 for the lower section. The crux may be getting up under the roof. This protects well with a couple #00 metolious. After the roof, there are nut placements, but a couple yellow metolious are nice to have. Two or three blue metolious/camalot are also a good thing to have. Sep 12, 2006
Mike   Phoenix
From the ground this route appears sketchy to protect up high near the crux. However it actually protects quite nicely, just ensure you have several small cams & nuts. A fun route! Jul 9, 2009
Darren Singer
Portland, OR
Darren Singer   Portland, OR
Vertebrae?? Why the name? When I was first tempted to hop on this line, I was worried about the block roof and whether it would cut loose while jamming through it. At a later date I came back with a crowbar and tension traversed over from The Sword, jumping up and down on it to no avail. I assume it is still wedged there (??). [I haven't been back to the WFall in 15+ yrs). Anyway, while cleaning the remainder of the route on the way down, I dislodged a loose block, behind which was the skeletal remains of some critter. Possibly it was a bat, with bleached white vertebrae bones shining in the light. May 6, 2010
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
one of the best pitches at the grade i have climbed in a while! The crux was a hoot but the block roof was a bit intimidating to yard on.. Feb 14, 2011
Tim Heid
Tim Heid   AZ
Amazing pitch! Lots of varied climbing and plenty of tough moves separated by good rests. I'd recommend saving a #1/#2 camalot for the horizontal above the roof. Jun 20, 2012
Robbie Brown
the road
Robbie Brown   the road
Can be done quite easily without 3 black alien sizes. I think i used 1 purple metolius, and 1 purple c3 and nothing smaller. Apr 2, 2013
Reed Johnson
Reed Johnson  
Splendid sequences. I adore it. Lots of variety. A top choice for 5.11 at The Waterfall most certainly :)))))) Jan 30, 2018