Type: Sport, 100 ft
FA: JJ Schlick, Wade Forrest, Seth Dyer 2015
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Jan 25, 2015
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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The broad axe has been around for thousands of years and was used for both felling trees and hewing rough timber into useable lumber. It was an essential tool for any tradesman or pioneer back in the day.

The first 40' of this pitch is vertical, semi sequential pulling between hard to see pockets, finger buckets, and jugs.

After a natural ramp break, the second section climbs varnished edges and side pulls up a couple of beautiful black and bronze streaks. This off vertical, semi technical section will keep you on your toes and your mind focused though there are actually very generous holds.

From a semi shared stance with Rusty Blade, layback up the namesake black axe blade shaped feature to a distant sloping rail. A lone solution pocket above the sloping rail lets you do a classy layback switch move to varnished crimps over the lip, which quickly turn to wrapper jugs as the angle breaks.

A great pitch for the grade and a nice warm up for the harder lines.


First route you will encounter hiking up to the Main Wall. Left of two small pine trees, left of Rusty Blade


12 lead bolts
2 bolt chain anchor with ClimbTech mussy hooks provided by the ASCA.


Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
I'll be the first to say it. 4 stars Mar 13, 2016
A. Ginger
A. Ginger  
I do this one almost every time I’m up at HS. Super fun! Dec 25, 2018