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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Burcham/Tatum
Season: winter
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Submitted By: marcin ksok on Apr 23, 2013

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Old School dirty route with a bushwack approach. Only worth it you have masochistic tendencies or want to check out the ruins on the way in, shortly below the climb.
P1. Start at a small bush, follow a dirty crack/corner, move left onto a dirty/easy rib until you reach a steeper section of r. corner with grass growing out of it(crux), good pro. climb through to fixed anchor on the left or large flat ledge above(more comfortable)
P.2 Walk towards the large pod with roof over it and belay. Up a tricky friction move into the dirty pod with droppings on most features, under the roof and right across ledges to a face and over the roof(good pro), up to a tree belay. Did not climb to the top but looked like low class 5 slabs and ledges.


Obvious feature in Boynton Canyon on the way to Three Amigos. After passing the resort and the house on the left head left into the bushes, make best way to a small drainage running off the south side of the dome. Follow the drainage through a lot of bushwacking, pass the 50 foot spire, some cairns and indian ruins unitl you reach a saddle. Now you have earned this route. Approach the dome look up for the fixed anchor above an obvious corner, note that the corner is not the route, the route starts further right after a long step over a split in the rock but before the gulley seperating the dome and it's smaller subfeature. It basically follows the easiest way to the top of pitch 1. Starts at the second(higher) small bush after traversing right.
Both raps reach down with single 70m rope.


Small to large cams. Probably placed 4 pieces on each pitch. Fixed anchor on pitch 1. Tree anchor on pitch 2. Did not get to the top, no idea on the anchors up there.

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By Alex Wood
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jan 27, 2014

This summit is awesome! Probably one of the neatest ones in Sedona to hang out on. The 2nd pitch has a lot of poop in it and that is kind of gross. Also there are some Native American ruins along the hike and just below the route that are pretty awesome
By Dave Spies
From: Sedona, AZ
Mar 8, 2014

1 star climbing/ 3 star summit. Gear suggestion: single .5-3 cams and one 60m rope. Bring some webbing for the tree rap on top of pitch 2.
By Jeff Peabody
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 30, 2015

Many people consider Heart and Soul to be the crowning achievement from the Burcham and Tatum Sedona era. It is not without routes like Basketball Dome to pave the way.

The approach was scenic through a wonderland of manzanita and cacti. We followed still seeping slabs to gain the base of the dome.

Standing at the base of the first pitch gave me a feeling deep in my loins that made me uncomfortable as the helicopters whizzed by.

Moving the belay two pitch two exposed Queen Victorias red headed step sister. A short, vibrant corner littered with hollow jugs and seemingly held together by petrified animal feces. Quite a visionary approach to adventure climbing. The pitch had me questioning the consequences for putting any gear in my mouth before birthing out the flaring offwidth finish.

5 Star summit!


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