Avg: 4 from 2 votes
Routes in The Grail
|Air France S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a|
|Crusade S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Divine Vessel S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Eminent Domain S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Excalibur S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a|
|Farcical Aquatic Ceremony S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Goodness, The S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Greyhound S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Hoarse Platitudes S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c|
|Homeostasis S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Homo Faber S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b|
|Honeycomb, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c|
|Khaleesi S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Last Supper S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Madness, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|Magnum Opus S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a|
|Mandate For The Masses S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Mantis S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Merely a Flesh Wound S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Mesquiter S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|No Ordinary Moments S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Planned Obsolescence S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Sadness, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Sangreal S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a|
|The, The S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b|
|Total Depravity S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Vesper S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Voyager One S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c|
|Watery Tart S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Way of the Peaceful Bolter, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Who's There S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Type:||Sport, 90 ft|
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|Shared By:||Jonathan Siegrist on Mar 25, 2014|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionA little taste of Southern France. Rock quality and features that are very reminiscent of the Verdon Gorge... right here in the Arizona strip.
Start by doing the (right option) first pitch of Vesper. From the comfy belay ledge, take off and mind the gap, following the line of bolts right of Vesper. Some fun, relatively mellow intro climbing leads to a very tricky low angle crux moving left and then up to a line of pockets and then back reaching right to a left facing flake. Take a breather. Either extend this clip and make the clip from below or wait until you're kickin' it at the flake and reach left.
The next 3 bolts are the business. Sustained, technical and engaging - sloping pockets, interesting edges and smeary footwork eventually connect you with the second to last bolt on Vesper - finish as you would for Vesper.
An outstanding and demanding pitch. A true gem. At some point I would like to lengthen the pitch down into the pit (you'll understand when you get there) but I ran out of bolts and time.. maybe next year...
I would highly recommend climbing Vesper first and lowering down this route to hang draws and have a look see at the holds / movement. The last couple clips on this are quite tenuous and a little spicy. Going ground up may result in a handful of jarring, confused falls on a not super rad belay.
Grade? Definitely harder than Magnum Opus. But maybe not as hard as Planet Earth (VRG). Maybe the very best rock I've ever touched in North America.