Bruce Carson Memorial Route
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Stopper from Carson's bail anchor on the second pi...
The Bruce Carson Memorial Route was named in honor of the clean-climbing legend who was the first to attempt the line in 1973. Carson died in the Indian Himalaya after falling through a cornice on September 4, 1975, at only 24 years of age. The route climbs the back side of the same crack system that forms the Original Route, and joins that route on its 4th pitch.
Pitch 1: Traverse the Fort Apache limestone from the notch. A tricky step across a missing portion of the ledge (5.9) leads the belay at the base of the corner.
Pitch 2: Climb the left-facing corner, passing a smooth bulge that was Carsons high point in the 70s (5.10). Continue above to a belay in a recess.
Pitch 3: Follow wide cracks and chimneys (5.9) to join the 4th pitch chimney of the Original Route. Follow that route to the summit of the second tower.
Standard Sedona rack.
A Clean Grade Six- article by Bruce Carson in Moun...
BETA PHOTO: Bruce Carson Memorial Route topo.