Type: Sport, 180 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Darryl Styles & Joel Shwarcz
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Shared By: Darryl Styles on May 15, 2013
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EASY 5.7 PITCH 1 to mid anchors, huge jugs, great feet all the way to the anchor. This is a must do for new leaders. This is the only 5.7 sport climb in the area and it is really fun and very well protected. Can even try mantling in a few spots.
However, the money pitch is the 2nd pitch 5.9+. Leave the belay (or blast past it) mantle the huge ledge before heading into a small crack section. Great hand jams and ledges for one or two moves, then out onto the right hand face. Ledges and side pulls be your friend, but dont let it spit you off, climb over the bulge on small ledges for hands and feet (crux), then up left to the chained anchor.
Take a 60m rope, descend in two rappels or drag another rope to get to the ground.


Appendicitis is the right most route on Sun Devil Wall, just around the corner before heading up into start of Winter Wall.
Has a low first bolt to give new leaders a bit of confidence on first few moves.
The normal Winter Wall approach trail forks at a huge flat rock that you walk over, take the left (lower) fork. Will bring you out right at the base of the climb.


Pitch 1- 6 bolts to chained mid anchor,
Pitch 2- 11 bolts to chained anchor,


Darryl Styles
Darryl Styles  
Climbed this again recently, has cleaned up pretty well. Gotta get more people on it. That second pitch is really fun. Jun 24, 2013
Aaron Miller
Santa Fe, NM
Aaron Miller   Santa Fe, NM
It is best to do this route in 2 pitches as the bolting is not in a plumb line. Instead of belaying from the mid anchors, it is much better to climb a little higher to a huge comfortable ledge where you can clip a bolt and place a bomber gold camalot as an anchor. This ledge is too high to rappel from with a single rope so use the nice bolted midway anchor to lower from on your way down.

As a side note, there was a fatal accident on this route resulting from a rigging mistake while descending on a double-rope toprope. Please be careful on this wall and take your time with your rockcraft. Always test your setup and use redundancy before committing to whatever system you are using. Jan 26, 2016
Dylan Boyle
Los Alamos, NM
Dylan Boyle   Los Alamos, NM
Ok route that had more choss on it than I care to climb. Did it in one go but rope drag got pretty bad towards the top. I skipped the first bolt, but that didn't help... maybe extend most of the bolts on the first easy pitch if you want to do it in one go. Dec 9, 2018