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Spice Box 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 3 pitches, 225'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mark Trainor, Manny Rangel
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Dec 20, 2006

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Top of second pitch


I liked the first bolt on pitch two, it protects groundfall potential on a ramp and the 3rd bolt is on great rock for clipping. Right after that it gets steep and cruxy. Well bolted and on great rock, it is one of the best I have been on in camelback.

It is next to one of the scariest routes on camelback, The Icebox 5.8x. It actually shares one of the bolts up high. The Icebox is the dihedral, very soft rock, just to this route's left.


Walk to the end of the Headwall and begin on the white granite just right of the dihedral/gully. P1 has 2 bolts, p2 has 12 bolts, p3 has 3 (?). Rap the route with single 60m rope. If you rap from the top, the first rap is a short one to the top of the 2nd pitch. Watch the ends at the second/longest rap.


12 quickdraws/runners, ss glue-in bolts and anchors.

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By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Jun 15, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Best climb on Camelback! If soloing, don't use lower bolts for bottom pro with 60 m rope as it's a long way down...
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 11, 2009

I would recommend a 70m rope or doubles to ensure a safe return to the ground from the longest/2nd pitch.

My 4 star rating is based on other Camelback routes only.
By bsocks
From: Peoria, AZ
Dec 4, 2009

Fun climb, did not seem 5.10 quality. Middle of second pitch is crux. The rock will push you right, stay to the left and follow the bolts.
By Nat Shultz
From: Cottonwood Heights
Mar 21, 2010

Super fun route. The best I've climbed on Camelback yet. Most quality rock as well. I'd call it a soft 5.10 and well protected. Have no reservations about it, just climb it an enjoy. A single 60m rope works great for the rap if you do it in 3.

Go get on it! Viva Camelback! And thanks Manny for another clasic!
By Trev
From: Maricopa, AZ
Oct 27, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great climb for camelback, i don't know if i would put a 5.10b rating on this. I used a 70m rope because of the second pitch. I would not use a 60m, That would be cutting it kinda close.
By ldsclimber
From: Santan Valley, AZ
Nov 23, 2010

Kudos to the FAs!! its a quality route for camel back. good work!! For the valley i'd say its a must at that grade.
By Kaleo
Feb 5, 2012
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun Route, bolts are good, well protected. Thanks for the climb!

We rappelled with a 60m from the bolts at the top of pitch 2, just made it to the ground.
By Clayton S.
From: Scottsdale, AZ
May 8, 2015

Best rock on Camelback, wish the whole mountain was like this. First "pitch" is an oxymoron 20ft 5.6 jug haul to a large ledge. Second pitch is fun and sporty with ample pro. Tops out about 30 feet down hill from Aerial Combat/Unknown routes on the Gargoyle Wall.
By Anthony Miklas
From: Phoenix , Arizona
Oct 17, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun route, but just a heads up you will need 14 draws for the second and longest pitch. The first pitch is two bolts, and so is the third. PS right before the belay on the top of the second pitch I encountered a snake, so keep your eyes open.

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