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Kestrel's Last Stand 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: David Sampson, Arjun Heimsath, Hanna Breetz
New Route: Yes
Season: All
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Submitted By: arjunmh on Oct 11, 2011

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DAS on the FA.


Start under the Great Roof. Up the arete that will enable you to clear the roof on its north side. Pull onto the upper face and enjoy the exposure! Bolts placed deliberately to allow ascending a left-facing dihedral just above the roof, or climb the face that the bolts are on. Similar difficulty, different styles of climbing.

A well-protected and very fun climb, named for the abundance of kestrel feathers found during that weekend that suggested a battle of the raptors.


To the north (climber's right) of the Great Roof that Exacerbator goes to the south (left) of.


11 bolts, chain anchors. 70 m rope ideal, but you can downclimb the last few meters if you use a 60m.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Moving on up. Climbing partner Bobby flying throug...
Moving on up. Climbing partner Bobby flying throug...
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading this route.
Leading this route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Halfway point
Halfway point
Rock Climbing Photo: Just getting started
Just getting started
Rock Climbing Photo: AMH on the second ascent. Photos by HLB.
AMH on the second ascent. Photos by HLB.

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 28, 2013

Great climbing to about the 3/4 mark, where the rock quality goes south and so does the movement.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
May 6, 2013

Just did this again this past weekend and was happy to see that it's cleaned up nicely and is obviously seeing some traffic. Believe it or not, JJ, the rock quality was a lot worse before David banged away at this cleaning (while I was scrubbing "Lichenometry) for an hour plus!
By K-Tanz
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 12, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Nice long moderate. Definite fun! A very good option if you are looking to climb some 10's here.
By Jimmy Gravester
Mar 20, 2017

I suggest using a 70 meter rope. 60 meter rope will have you down climbing about 15 feet. Really really fun long one pitch route.

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