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A-M aidline T 
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It's a Breeze 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c PG13 [details]
FA: Dow Davis, Tim Steffan, 1989
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Submitted By: Zach Harrison on Dec 2, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: It's a Breeze starts in the shaded dihedral and co...


A good climb up the West nose of the Flying Buttress. Worth doing if in the neighborhood doing Technicolor Corner or Epitaph.
First pitch climbs a right facing dihedral with a very nice finger crack to a awkward roof, belay on limestone band from gear or rappel equipment 5.11-, 100 feet.
Second pitch climbs up crack to a large chimmney, Belay from bolts on left 5.10 PG 13, 80 feet.
One could continue to the top of the Flying Buttress via low angled terrain, but the climbing quality will deterioriate.


It's a Breeze is just left of Technicolor Corner, above the saddle between the Flying Buttress and Tea Pot. Look for a clean right facing corner that ends in a roof below the limestone band. There is a left facing corner just left of It's a Breeze that you can toprope from gear just left of the the limestone belay. It's fun 5.10+ , but a suspect flake makes a lead a serious affair.


Trad rack with nuts, TCU's, cams to BD#4. Many fingers size on P1. Rap with one rope, a 60M might be long enough, we had a 70M. Chimney on pitch 2 essentially unprotected without a huge cam, but pretty easy, ~5.8. Pitch 1 has a fixed nut and thread for a rap anchor, Pitch 2 has 2 bolts with quick links for a rap anchor.

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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 16, 2013

pitch 1 is more like low 5.10 and now sports a bolted belay/rap anchor.
By bio
From: mesa, az
Dec 6, 2015

My comment is simple, pitch 1 is good, pitch 2 sucks.
By Tim Heid
From: AZ
Feb 28, 2016

Pitch 1 was really fun climbing! I thought mid 5.10ish. More .75 size than fingers, but fun movement. Didn't do pitch 2 since pretty much everyone said it sucks, but with the anchor bolts on top of P1 it makes this a nice quick bonus if in the area.

My rack for the onsight of pitch 1 would be 2x .3-1 | 3x .5-.75 plus a 0 C3 for the first 12 feet.

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