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A Wonderful Life T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
American Caesar T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Aquarius Rising T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Barbarian Rising T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bootlegger, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Brother From Another Mother S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Brother Of Fortune T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Burgermeister, The T 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Consensual Hex T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Crescent Moon T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Donald Duckin It T,S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Dr. Octagon T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
East Coast Fist Bump T 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Flavor of the Day T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Full Steam Ahead T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Harder They Come, The T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Helicopter Exodus T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Kindness T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Labor Day T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Locks of Dread T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Natural Enhancement T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
No Feelings T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
No Utopia T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Parting Gift T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Proud Father T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Resurrection T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Rice Paddy Ambush T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Smilin' Jay T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Snap Happy S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Soldier of Fortune T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Soul Market T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Starry Night T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Sweet Dreams T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R
Tainted Love T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Trident, The T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Turn Down, For What? T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
Vietnam Vacation T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Wasp Whisperer T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Michael Sokoloff
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Shared By: Michael Sokoloff on Dec 27, 2009
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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Shares start with Kindness. Cuts right to lower roof. Steep moves up a flake with good but small pro lead into obvious crack with an initial hard move protected by a fixed wire. Higher up is a fantastic sequence starting with a tips lieback to a core-intensive boulder problem. If you successfully negotiate this you will be "rewarded" with a intense sequence of flesh-eating fingerlocks. Finish with a fun and easier steep, featured corner. At this moment, this is the hardest pitch at the Waterfall. Grade is approximate. I'm interested to hear others opinion.


Doubles in small cams. Fixed wires.


Josh Janes    
Awesome job Mike! A little history on this climb... That fixed wire was from a few years ago when Dan Foster started sussing out the line. He bolted the anchor (shared with Kindness) and cleaned the route, but in doing so encountered a large "loose" flake near the first roof. This flake wouldn't quite pull out so Foster took his hammer to it. Unfortunately he only succeeded in breaking it in half, thus creating a rock scar and a huge jug. Disheartened by the fact that pulling through the roof had now become much easier via this jug, and the scar he had left behind, he abandoned the climb. When I was in Flagstaff I gave it a couple goes on TR and was able to do all the moves, but the painful nature of the climbing, and the difficulty, left me disillusioned. I thought the pitch would be pretty solid 13b, and if you cleaned that fixed wire (this section being easily protectable on the fly), Parting Gift could be one of Arizona's hardest purely gear-protected route! It took someone with Mike's strength and tenacity to finally send this thing - Mike Sokoloff, bringin' the gun show!!! PS... might deserve an R rating for the start... but Mike would know better than I do???? Dec 27, 2009
Matt S  
brilliant climbing mike, im just happy i got to belay you on this send let alone witness it. what a great "parting gift" you gave us before your move to greener pastures . Dec 27, 2009
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Good work Mike, it is good to see that thing put to rest! Dec 28, 2009
Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
Michael Sokoloff   Spokane, WA

The route is actually not runout even though I initially thought it would be at the start. After the obvious traverse on a footrail you encounter a bulgy pull around a right-facing flake. I protected this with a #00 and #0 equalized. The flake is solid as can be. Once in the crack above the pro is solid (although small) the entire way. As you know well, small pro on this rock can be quite confidence inspiring.


That was a fun day with both of us getting killer sends. Hope we can hook up at the Creek sometime in the spring. Dec 29, 2009
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
Sounds fantastic Mike!!! You guys are doing awesome work up there! Josh Janes wrote:Parting Gift could be one of Arizona's hardest purely gear-protected route!Also a consideration for this title:… Dec 29, 2009
Josh Janes    
Geir - not until the bolts are removed. Dec 29, 2009
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
haha! you might have me on that one, josh. the route is being done completely on gear, though, so does that count?

anyway, good work to both teams doing very hard trad lines. inspiring work! Dec 30, 2009
Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
Michael Sokoloff   Spokane, WA
I talked to Chuck who said there has not been much activity on this route lately and it still lacks a second ascent. I was kind of expecting that by now with the plethora of strong N. AZ climbers that someone would have sent it and downgraded it to 12c or something. I was never quite sure of the grade since I'd not climbed many (I mean any) naturally protected routes that hard. Kyle seemed to think it was hard.

I figure I'll share some thoughts on my FA hopefully to get someone psyched on it.

Somehow I managed to spend the first 2.5 of my 3-years living in Flagstaff not climbing at the Waterfall. I'd climbed there in 2006 with Mark Geiken and did a few crack routes including Black and Tan, Lord Humongous and Vertebrae. For whatever reason I lacked to vision to see the vast route potential that was likely in the process of being tapped at that time by guys like JJ and Dan Foster.

It was not until the spring of 09 when Josh Janes (FA of 11.11 and Kindness) relayed to me the awesomeness of the Waterfall. I spent the summer and fall gorging myself on the sustained, pumpy, exciting but well-protected routes available there. At times, I was frustrated by the grades (geez that 5.11 seemed like 5.12!). By late fall I'd pretty much done everything in the 5.12 grade and was able to redpoint Kindness(5.13) in a reasonable number of tries which gave me a bunch of confidence.

I'd watched Josh try what was later to become Parting Gift on one hot muggy summer day and didn't give it much thought. Seemed real hard. If he was struggling to figure it out chances were I would have similar experience.

Fast forward to December 09. Armed with confidence from my Waterfall engorgement over the previous half year as well as a desire to do the FA prior to leaving Flagstaff for Spokane I jumped on a TR since the anchors are shared with other routes. Climbing over the initial roof was heady with the classic Waterfall pro of a couple completely bomber equalized TCU/Alien (can't remember, just small) pieces before the roof and great pro over it. Climbing that first try went surprisingly smooth. Fell once at the roof then figured a sequence which made it pretty mellow. Then proceeded on mellowish climbing to what seemed like an impossible move at that time where the fingercrack tapered to less than tips without much for feet. Worked the moves a couple times and I'm pretty sure I did not figure it out that day. Pulling through the hard part it was evident that the severe difficulty would be short-lived in that the crack opened up to good fingerlocks (still with poor feet) followed by a great rest and killer steep corner climbing to the top. Unfortunately, the tips-locking crux had shredded my fingers something fierce.

Came back with Keith a few days later to work the crux and was persistently frustrated by trying to burl my way through these horrible, painful and sharp locks. Without revealing my sequence (email me if you want it) I was able to figure a completely different approach to this tenuous section and actually do the crux moves. Now sending it was just a matter of time, which I didn't have much of since I'd be leaving Flag in a few weeks and winter weather could hit anytime.

I think I may have gone out one more time before actually sending it. My fingers usually were not good for more than 2-goes. The day I got it, Matt had just sent There Will be Blood after I'd had a rather uninspiring go on my project (I may never get this!). Somehow, likely inspired by Matt's motivated effort, I was able to send it my next try.

This send was one of those rare moments (at least for me) in climbing where I was climbing at what was the top of my ability while giving maximal effort and not letting my thoughts restrict me. It was a special experience which I'll likely never forget. Thanks to Matt for sending the positive vibes.

I guess what makes this so rewarding was the nature of my crux sequence. It reminded me of one of those nebulous gym boulder problems which guys much younger and stronger seem to pull off, but I couldn't even clear the sit start. Completely core/balance intensive without ever having a "good" hold.

Well, there it is. I sit here writing this with my leg raised and knee iced after having my second knee surgery in the past 14-months. This has hampered my climbing since moving to Spokane, but things are looking up after my most recent meniscal shaving. I'm pretty sure that I still have achievements like Parting Gift inside of me if I can get my body healthy.

So hopefully someone will endure the pain and blood and send Parting Gift. It's by no means the best climb around, but it is one of the hardest and is a proud tick (at least for me). Aug 25, 2011
Abel Jones
Bishop, ca
  5.13- PG13
Abel Jones   Bishop, ca
  5.13- PG13
I think this thing is great. Gotta really visualize a bunch of stuff for the send. I went with a direct start that is probably pg-13 10+ish that gives it it's own straightened out line. Overall quality and harder than the 12+ routes at the waterfall, loads of fun right up to getting out of the pool at the end. Mar 2, 2012
Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
Michael Sokoloff   Spokane, WA

Glad you're working Parting Gift. Let me know if you want the beta that worked for me.

That's cool that you straightened it out at the start.

Send it!

Mike Mar 5, 2012
Josh Janes    
Mike, great story - thanks for sharing. I hope you recover from your surgery quickly. I just had my meniscus stitched back together last summer and a new ACL put in. Not quite climbing as well as I was at the Waterfall, but give it another month or two and I will be. Good luck with your recovery! Mar 5, 2012
Abel Jones
Bishop, ca
  5.13- PG13
Abel Jones   Bishop, ca
  5.13- PG13
Oh sorry to mislead... I sent on the day of my last post. I wouldn't have added my cents otherwise. Great route Mike. Its fun to be following in your footsteps... now if I could only link the first 3 pitches of Shangri-la on gear. Damn, you set the bar high on that one. Mar 6, 2012
john crawley
flagstaff, az
john crawley   flagstaff, az
Abel your silly. You will probably onsight send on gear. Quit beating me to all the goods. Get a job and work some more so I can catch up. Mar 6, 2012
Michael Sokoloff
Spokane, WA
Michael Sokoloff   Spokane, WA
Nice job Abel!

When I linked the first 3-pitches of Shangri-la I used the bolts on the crux 3rd pitch. Came back a week or so later and climbed the crux 3rd pitch on gear with Chuck belaying me from the hanging belay. There's still room to push up the "bar" on Shangri-la should you so desire. Mar 17, 2012
Robbie Brown
Flagstaff, AZ
Robbie Brown   Flagstaff, AZ
Super safe and not nearly as painful as advertised. Fixed wires are gone. More like 110 ft. Feb 17, 2015
Great route! The tight fingers at the top are stellar! I think the direct start is the way to go, I found it to be safe, but had to look and dig for the gear. Mar 15, 2016

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