Fifty Foot Spire
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Coming up to the roof on Fifty Foot Spire.
Normal Route, Fifty Foot Spire (5.10+)
This testy route starts on the saddle between the spire itself and massive Basketball Dome. This is a nice flat area for relaxing and sorting gear.
The climb has two very distinct sections, each with a unique crux.
The first half is a spicy bit of choss-tossing up to an awkward 5.10- crooked hand crack. Your first reliable pro will likely come just before the crux move, almost 20 feet off the deck. When you get over the first crux, plug a #2 cam in the crack and rest on the ledge below the intimidating roof.
Reach up to clip the first bolt and power through the pumpy 5.10+ overhang, which is adorned with finger-slots reminiscent of a Metolius 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.
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.
Gear to BD #2, plus 4 quickdraws for the roof section.
Two-bolt anchor located to the left of the top-out.
The cross-bedded features on the crux section of F...
Steve hanging out below the roof on Fifty Foot Spi...
Steve powering through the crux on Fifty Foot Spir...
Looking northeast at Fifty Foot Spire on the appro...
BETA PHOTO: Route topo for Fifty Foot Spire.
By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jul 7, 2016
FA Burcham/Tatum. Maybe more like 51 feet.