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Fall of Man

5.13b, Sport, 125 ft,  Avg: 4 from 5 votes
FA: Boone Speed et al.
Arizona > Northern Arizona > Arizona Strip > Virgin River Gorge > Blasphemy Wall

Description

Previously excluded from the Mountain Project because I couldn't give it sixty million stars, but accurately described on rockclimbing.com: "Fall of Man, 5.13b. This route gets progressively harder until you take a long whipper at the top."

I remember reading somewhere that Fall of Man was the first "futuristic" line in the VRG. It is a world-class stretch of perfect limestone... a breathtaking and outrageously intimidating line up the very center of the Blasphemy Wall.

Climb up the steep A-shaped recess on hand jams and pockets to an intermediate anchor (this is Fall of Mouse - maybe a 5.11 something?), don't stop, and instead perform a powerful move to an angling hold... this can be a body tension reach or deadpoint, but either way it's a dramatic entry onto the upper wall. Follow vertical slots and pockets up 50' of gently overhanging climbing past many difficult moves and hard earned clips, resting at a ledge or higher at a hueco just as the angle eases to vertical. Say goodbye to your belayer, grab the credit card, and launch up into the slab crux!!! Several clips worth of terror, jake brakes, and beautifully sculpted pockets and edges culminate with a final 20' runout to the chains.

Protection

Fixed draws. Be prepared to whip. A very stretchy 70m is required to lower off the chains, but it is probably better to work the route from the last two bolts.

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Mike on Fall of Man
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Fall of Man- 13b.
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Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
[Hide Comment] I've got to try this one especially since it seems like we like a lot of the same types of routes.

What is a jake brake? Jan 8, 2010
skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
[Hide Comment] Jake braking is the loud chattering exhaust noise sound you will inevitably be barraged with by the copious semi trucks driving on I-15. It is produced when truckers use the compression release engine brake on their diesel engines to decelerate. Many municipalities that have truck routes pass through residential or business areas prohibit jake braking. Feb 14, 2014