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Routes in Flying Buttress
|A-M aidline T A2-3|
|All Systems Go 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C3|
|Anvil Spire North Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Arch Enemy T,S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a|
|Epitaph T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|It's a Breeze T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13|
|Queen's Bishop T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Technicolor Corner T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Type:||Trad, Aid, 3 pitches|
|FA:||T.Applewhite / J.Middendorf|
|Page Views:||842 total, 12/month|
|Shared By:||Darren Mabe on Feb 12, 2012|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionThis old aid route was first done in the late eighties by Todd Applewhite and John Middendorf. The Toula book describes it as 2 pitches and A3. Joel Unema and I attempted it with the intention of establishing as a free route, and logically breaks up into three short pitches.
P1: start behind a nice tree in a grungy crack narrowing to a seam and face. Follow a long rivet ladder that beelines towards the left facing dihedral above the apache limestone band. C2+/C3- (depending on your faith in the 25 year old rivets). Bring many thin rivet hangers or small wires (at least 15-20?). Belay at a stance at the start of the dihedral from a new 1/2" bolt and gear. Joel was able to work out the free moves at 11+/12- on TR.
P2. 9+/10-. Excellent thin hands flake grows to wide crack dihedral. Camalot 0.5 thru 2, (2)3s,(2)4s, maybe a 5 and couple of finger size pieces. Hanging belay with two uninspiring bolts that can be backed up by a fixed nut and #2 camalot. 130' to ground.
P3. The biz. We didn't complete this pitch yet because the rock quality turned into a chossburger and would take more cleaning than was in our budget. A bolt and a few hangered rivets lead off the belay to a thin crack and up to the overhanging and leftward leaning crack. Expect wide dirty pods that pinch to a seam (possibly A3?) with the occasional rivet and up to a bolted belay under a small roof. Maybe 200' to ground(?).
This route has the potential to clean up into a difficult free route with excellent position, depending on one's motivation and tenacity. As an aid route, prepare for a serious Sedona adventure...
who knows, we may be back ;)