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Checkmate T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Circus Finish T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cross-trainer T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Green Thumb T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
King Me T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Knight's Move T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lone Piton T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Opening Moves T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pawn's Promotion T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Punch In The Nose T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Queen's Gambit T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Red Squares T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ring Leader T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ring Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sotol Roof T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Worth the Effort T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
Page Views: 741 total, 6/month
Shared By: Aaron Hobson on Feb 19, 2007
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

This route is all about the roof. The corner system leading up to the roof is well protected 5.7 and has ample stemming opportunities. The roof move is very exciting though, and will stretch you out as you grapple over the lip. A key hold as you pull over the roof is a fragile-looking horn, which adds additional spice. Do you crank on the horn and risk popping it and you off into air? or do you avoid it and increase the difficulty of the moves. Immediately above the roof is a ledge which provides a good belay stance. This ledge is 30m off the ground and no fixed gear is currently present.

From the sotol ledge a large crack system can be followed for another 25m (5.5?) and one can then reach the anchors for Checkmate off to the left.

Location

Located to the right of the popular Cross-trainer, this route is easily identified by a small roof crowned by a solitary Sotol bush. For those of you unfamiliar with the local flora, a Sotol resembles a yucca from afar, but can be easily distinguished by its serrated leaves, which droop more than yucca. The route climbs directly up into the roof, and then meanders upwards until it joins with the anchor for Checkmate.

Protection

well protected by your standard set of cams and/or wires. The roof crux has good horizontals which will accept cams/tricams, but appears slightly crumbly. I recommend backing up the crux before launching into the roof.

Photos

DayJohnson
AZ
5.10a
DayJohnson   AZ
5.10a
The horn is no longer there. Jan 22, 2013