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The Hurricane 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: John Burcham & John Mattson
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Submitted By: Will Cobb on Apr 11, 2006

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Description 

Pitch 1 - Follow a line of five bolts through the limestone band. Take 1x1 Camalot and 1x2 Camalot to protect the top portion of this pitch. Belay from two bolts at a nice stance. (5.9)

Pitch 2 - Climb the sweet thin hand to hand crack in a corner which leads to the chimney. Chimney your way up past two bolts to a short off-width crack. Surmount this off-width and belay from three bolts at a flat spot in the chimney. (5.10-)

Pitch 3 - Chimney straight up off the belay about 15 feet to a ledge. From here either continue up a low angle wide crack to the top of the formation or walk left to the three bolt rap anchor. (Top of Fat Bastard) (5.9) If you continue to the top, there is a fixed anchor from which you may rap back to the Fat Bastard Anchor.

Descent - From the Fat Bastard Anchors make one double rope rappel. (about 140') From here scramble around to the right and then down to your packs. Be sure to take a ride on Fat Bastard (5.11- OW) before pulling your ropes.

Location 

From the Mace approach, follow the spur trail around the north side of North Mesa. Continue around to the West face of this formation. The Hurricane is actually located on a sub-tower of North Mesa which sits on the Southwest corner. The route is marked by the chimney on the second pitch.

Protection 

Medium - Large Stoppers
1 x 2 (Yellow) Metolius TCU/Yellow Alien
1 x .5 Camalot (Old Sizes)
1 x .75 Camalot
2 x 1 Camalot
2 x 2 Camalot
1 x 3 Camalot
1 x 3.5 Camalot
1 x 4 Camalot
Draws and slings


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By Dillon Metcalfe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 22, 2014

Climbed this on Dec 21rst (shortest day of the year) and it was in the shade all day.
Be warned: there is a lot of loose rock on this climb, including the slabby moves getting to the first bolt.
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 24, 2016
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

A fine route away from the hiker crowds, with lots of variety.
Beware that you must make a couple of tenuous 5.8-ish moves to clip the first bolt, 30 feet off the ground.
Pitch 2 is the money: starts with a stellar hand-crack leading into a surprisingly comfy chimney. The short offwidth problem below the anchors is probably the crux of the route.

RAP BETA: Fat Bastard can be rapped with a single 70-meter rope.
By Eva Christ
Nov 4, 2016

I really liked this short route a lot! It was surprisingly cleaner than many Sedona routes, the chimney is good to protect and fun and stellar hand cracks for small hands - yes- the first pitch is run out, the first bolt way up - I would want a clip stick next time.
By bildeen
From: Sedona, AZ
Nov 16, 2016

Another fun Sedona sandstone adventure. Only issue for me was the very soft, friable flakes (look like honeycomb in a hive) around the bolts inside the chimney. Easy to get around them, and the bolts are perfect there.

Makes a good day with Andy Kaufman and Rusty Cage!