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Root Beer

5.6, Trad, 185 ft (56 m), 2 pitches, Grade II,  Avg: 2 from 1 vote
FA: 1978, PD & SR.
Arizona > Central Arizona > *Phoenix Areas > Superstition Mo… > Barks Canyon Wall
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Route

Semi-detached spire split mainly north/south by chimney systems and located on next pillar system south of BCW.

P1: Stem/squeeze four distinct chimney sections until possible to move southeast onto a large pseudo-summit ledge (chain anchor).
P2: Gap chimney west, climb easy face, move right, crossing over large boulders and up steeper, highly-pocketed face to summit.

Minimal pro, an occasional cam and/or nut. Several large chockstones could be slinged, but not really necessary. Two crusty classics at the summit for belay, which don't instill much confidence for the first rap south to ledge. Second rap south from chain anchor is full single 70m.

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Sassafras semi-spire.
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[Hide Comment] Great route. A must do when you tire yourself of the routes on Barks Canyon proper. Can be done in one long pitch. The final pullover to the summit is a bit sneaky... Nov 16, 2019