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The Black Rose 

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: Scott Baxter
Season: Spring to Fall
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Jan 31, 2006

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Black Rose is a unique and enjoyable route with good pro. The route is located next to the Silver Pond and usually best reached by rigging a rap line from the ledges above, then rapping into the higher dry boulders just below the route (depending on water level). Climb up the back corner to reach the big black roof, then perform a traverse right and out under the roof. From there, follow double-cracks up to reach the ledges above.


Set of nuts, assortment of cams from small to #2 Camalot size. The rappell to the base of the route requires pro (medium to large) in the cracks above the route.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me on my 3rd trad lead. Fun stuff Photo by Blake M...
Me on my 3rd trad lead. Fun stuff Photo by Blake M...
Rock Climbing Photo: Naomi following up the Black Rose
Naomi following up the Black Rose

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 8, 2006

An amazing warmup which stretches one out for the coming day. Aesthetically as well as physically.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 4, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

you can rig a rap off a boulder/tree combo in the wash, then rap in and slightly right to reach the base- no gear needed. its also good to have someone across the canyon to let you know when the line is down so as to avoid totally soaking your rope.

absolute classic, though- a must do.
By Darren Singer
From: Portland, OR
May 7, 2010

One of my favorite routes in AZ. Fun moves over....water!

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