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Fresh Air 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Paul Davidson, Tim Coats
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Submitted By: David Arthur Sampson on May 22, 2007

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I found the crux to be pulling a bulge to get established in the crack proper. This route has some nice climbing in the middle of the route, but the top involves bush whacking and lots of soil/ loose rock. Avoid this unless you have climbed everything else!


Just right of Answered Prayers. Start at the smaller of the two junipers growing out of the rock (~ 10 feet up).


Standard rack to #3

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By Paul Davidson
Apr 11, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

FA - Paul Davidson, Tim Coats (or was it Haisley ?)

Was done right after a summer monsoon.

This was an excellent route, and pretty clean.
Sounds like the above description might have been off route
because it was a clean corner and arete all the way up.
I think there might have been one bush at the top but nothing as described above.

There is a climb to the right (Obscurity) that goes through a bulge and into grungier ground. It's the crack up the middle of the flat face.

Fresh Air goes left to the arete.

See the photo...

David's description is almost certainly for Obscurity or possibly MicroTome. Obscurity has some bush and cacti while MicroTome is actually a very good and testy route.

Fresh Air is an excellent climb, not for the 5.8 leader though.

It's a bit awkward to get onto the arete but once there thin face, some tricky nutting, a bit of run out balance climbing.

Larry and I always felt this was one of the hidden gems at the Overlook. It's unique.

BTW - You can continue up the starting corners for a line independent of Fresh Air or Obscurity. It's a decent 5.8, don't recall if we gave it a name. It has two exits at the top.
By TylerW Williams
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 11, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Agree with Paul - I think the above description is for the wrong route. I Did this today and it wasn't dirty at all and really fun. The key is to make sure you cut hard left and get on the arete. once there pro looks like it will be tricky because of the thin crack but there are plenty of placements. Hidden gem!

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