Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect on Coconino and Kaibab National Forests
With wildfire risks at an all time high, I wanted to add this notice so people will know. Please review the restrictions and report any suspicious activity and campfires. The restrictions are all the same through most National Forests in AZ. fs.usda.gov/alerts/coconino…
A little tricky to find as the bolts are/were well camouflaged. Head up Middle Elden past Musical Skinheads et al to a crazy beautiful arch/cave. Go up the slabs to the left of the arch until you see a steep over hanging wall to your right. There is a left facing corner above a rounded buldge upon which you may see bolts. That's the third pitch. The second pitch traverses in from the left and begins in the dark little alcove.
This route has would be great if it were a little more sustained. It does explore some interesting terrain and offer some fun moves. The weirdness comes from the first two mini pitches. P1: is basically a v2 boulder move on to the top of a cave at the base of a big impressive white wall. 2 bolts. P2 goes up about 10' through a few crazy gas pockets and then traverses out off the ledge past 3(?) bolts to a spicy move to the base of a dihedral. Attentive belaying will keep you off the ledge. I would say this is the crux at 11a. I may be over rating it but it would really suck to break your ankle way the hell up in that canyon. P3 is fun stemming and face in a right facing corner. Some small blue alien sized pieces up high get you over a bulged to a 10'(?) section of hand crack. The Final belay offers a great view and a ledge that feels like it's way the hell up there with a beautiful old tree. You can tell not many humans have hung out there and its a nice place to drink some tea and enjoy the amazing view. Two bolts and 60m rope return you to your pack. Climb this thing and tell me what you think!
At the most 10 draws, some small aliens (black, blue, green?) and a few hand sized pieces. A thermos of tea/bourbon.