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Fifty Foot Spire 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: John Burcham, Chris Tatum
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Submitted By: Derek Field on Jul 7, 2016

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Fifty Foot Spire

Description 

This route climbs the northwest face of Fifty Foot Spire in one short but stout pitch.

Part 1 (trad): The first half is a bit of choss-tossing up to a crooked tight-hands crack (5.10-). Jam up to the ledge below the intimidating roof.

Part 2 (sport): Reach up to clip the first bolt and power through the pumpy overhang (5.10+), which is adorned with finger-slots reminiscent of a hangboard (see photo). I believe there are 4 bolts protecting this section, all in very good condition.

Dig the amazing view of Boynton Canyon before rappelling an unknown height back down to the saddle.

Location 

Stumpy little spire that blends into the lower cliffs of Basketball Dome. Roughly 30-40 minute approach from Boynton Canyon trailhead involving a short bit of unpleasant bushwhacking up to the saddle.

Protection 

Gear to BD #2, plus 4 quickdraws for the roof section.

Two-bolt anchor located to the left of the top-out.


Photos of Fifty Foot Spire Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Coming up to the roof on Fifty Foot Spire.
Coming up to the roof on Fifty Foot Spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool hangboard-type features on the bolted section...
Cool hangboard-type features on the bolted section...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve hanging out below the roof on Fifty Foot Spi...
Steve hanging out below the roof on Fifty Foot Spi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve powering through the crux on Fifty Foot Spir...
Steve powering through the crux on Fifty Foot Spir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking northeast at Fifty Foot Spire on the appro...
Looking northeast at Fifty Foot Spire on the appro...

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By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 7, 2016

FA Burcham/Tatum. Maybe more like 51 feet.