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Lichenometry

5.11c, Sport, 100 ft,  Avg: 2.5 from 6 votes
FA: Arjun Heimsath, David Sampson, Hanna Breetz
Arizona > Central Arizona > Isolation Canyon > Main Wall - South

Description

Starts under the small roof to the south (climber's left) of Stellar Arete. Crux is getting established on the first bolt and getting through the next two. Taller people will likely have an easier time with these moves. They are crimpy and involve delicate face climbing. Up higher there are a couple easier cruxes such that the climbing is sustained. The FA did not stem or use the left facing big dihedral and the bolts up high are placed to draw the climb away from that corner. The line follows the upper vertical crack system and the moves are all there.

Lichenometry is a field of study that uses lichen growth to estimate the exposure age of exposed rock -- how long since the last rockfall cleared the face of any previous lichen growth. After many mouth and nosefulls of lichen while cleaning this route, it seemed an apt name!

Single line (60m) rap from the anchors of Stellar and Ducky.

Location

Just to the south of Stellar Arete, uses the same anchors as for Stellar and Ducky Butt Rub.

Protection

10 bolts.

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Arjun getting through the crux face on the FA. Photos by Roman D.
[Hide Photo] Arjun getting through the crux face on the FA. Photos by Roman D.
Arjun nearing the top on the FA. Zooming on the rope will show the line, roughly.
[Hide Photo] Arjun nearing the top on the FA. Zooming on the rope will show the line, roughly.

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manuel rangel
Arizona
[Hide Comment] Definitely a hard start. Next time I'm leading it! A lot of fun climbing and a thoughtful upper crux. Oct 17, 2011
[Hide Comment] This is actually to the climbers left of Stellar Arete. Guidebook and description here are correct, but the order under the sorted section on this site is wrong. Mar 14, 2016
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Thanks Tim. Mar 14, 2016
walmongr
Gilbert AZ
 
[Hide Comment] Fun route.. definitely does not get climbed that much it was dirty with lichen No wonder for the name!!! May 19, 2017