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The Sorcerer 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Jim Dunn and Chris Wood, 1977 FFA: Jim Dunn and Leonard Coyne, 1978
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Submitted By: Shanti on May 10, 2010

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Description 

Climbs up the left side of the pillar. Pitch 1: 5.10 offwidth past 3 star-drives to 3 bolt anchor. Pitch 2: 5.9+ wild chimney/tunnel to 3 bolt-anchor. Pitch 3: Strenuous and unique 5.11d off-width/squeeze chimney past two drilled angles and one lead bolt to two bolt anchor. Pitch 3 is the crux - exposed and committing. Decent: 3 rappels down route.

Protection 

Rack: Singles from fingers to hands, extra large gear (Big Bros, #6 and #5 Camalots)
2010: All anchors at belay stations replaced.


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By Shanti
May 11, 2010

Pitch 3 of this route is one of the most wild and difficult vertical offwidth squeeze chimneys in the desert and was established by Jim Dunn before the invention of Big Bros or big cams. This route is still a sandbag over 30 years later.

By Evan Deis
Apr 4, 2017
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R

P3 is a nice squeeze chimney like Charlie Sheen a good father figure. Single rack is good. (2x) 5+6. I also recommend 2-3 tips sized pieces. I had 1x purple Mastercam and wish I'd had more. This will help backup an old leaper at the start of p3.

'Big thanks to Dunn, Coyne, and Wood for this wild and unique experience.
Other thanks to Shanti for the new anchors.

Also; It could be my imagination but I think this route deserves an S Rating.
By rkrum
From: Denver, CO
Jun 12, 2017
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Perhaps unsurprising given the cast of characters on the FA team, this is still a desert wide crack/adventure testpiece 40 years later. Pitch 3 is a truly unforgettable experience that speaks to the boldness, talent and vision of Dunn, et al.

I also recommend a couple green c3/blue alien sized pieces for P3 - I had zero interest in bouldering up to clip the fixed pin, and those drilled pins are older than me. Additionally, I made the regrettable mistake of thinking I was done after the "obvious crux". Saving 1-2 green or blue bros for the top would help reduce the overall amount of mental duress, of which the pitch already has plenty of if you are short.

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