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Touched By An Angel 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 650', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Z.Harrison, J.Snyder
New Route: Yes
Season: Not Winter, Grips of Shade
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Submitted By: J. Snyder on Oct 6, 2014

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"Touched By An Angel"; North Face of Ear...

Description 

Touched By An Angel climbs a heavenly crack system on the hidden North Face of Earth Angel. Guarded only by a short section of north face garden swacking, the climbing and unique quality will not disappoint.

P1. Simple belay takes small nuts. From belay bubble, step right into a finger crack and up toward the steep potato chip flair with a crack in the back. Pull the wild lip, and move up into varied terrain on quality stone. Belay at tree ledge. 125'. 2 bolt belay. 5.10

Move belay left 40ish feet left to giant ledge and a finger crack on a pillar. Belay takes medium nuts and small cams.

P2. Climb obvious finger crack to a small stance, boulder up noob jugs towards protection bolt. Take space ramp with varied low angle crack up and right to optional belay (.75" - 3") outside of the closet or continue 30 feet up and into the tunnel vortex. Rebirth onto a glorious ledge. 130' or 160'. 2 bolt belay. 5.8+

P3. Why you came to the Pearly Gates. Leave belay and climb casual leftward 5.7 ramp out and under the Zion splitter. Enjoy varied crack and unique face holds through single and twin cracks. Angelic. 140'. 2 bolt belay. 5.10

P4. Sedona Classic but in the most classy way. Move up steep hands into the wide. Squiggle Squirm up the wiggle room. Wide climbing for beginners, wild features, fun, 5.9. Mantle onto large ledge. Boulder up patina jugs up toward thin crack and eventually a bolt, slightly heads up and run out*. Belay at tree is best to watch the sports action, but it is possible to climb to actual summit and belay. 150'. Tree belay. 5.10 PG13.

  • It is possible to escape right and join the regular route at the large ledge, bypassing the incredably classic albeit exciting direct finish.

P5. Prom night jug haul on quality stone to actual summit and two bolt belay. 50'. 5.6-

2 bolts and chain rap station on the North side of the summit. Rap the route.

Location 

Touched By An Angel. Direct North Face of Earth Angel Spire.

Park at large parking area at Jordan Rd. trail head.
Walk upstream and North in Mormon Wash for about 45min.
Eventually pass the original route approach gully and take next gully up towards 'Made In The Shade' Buttress and towards the North Face of Earth Angel. Thrash and herbivore up Earth slabs and eventually onto the first pitch belay tier. Traverse out onto rock from veg-town. Slightly primitive. IV. 60-90 min.

Descent
Double 60M
Rap from summit to top of P3. 200'
P3 to the top of P2. 130'
P2 to the top of P1. 150'
P1 to Earth. 130'

  • *NOTE** Smaller rap chains make pulling a thicker diameter rope difficult. If you are using a thinner tag line, use this to run through anchors, it will help avoid a heavy pull.

Protection 

Singles #00 C3 - #.3 C4
Doubles #.4 - #3 C4
Single #4 and #5 C4
Nuts
Runners
2 x 60M


Photos of Touched By An Angel Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Going full Warren.
Going full Warren.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just plain dumb.
Just plain dumb.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ya, I suppose it's sort of splitter on pitch 3.  P...
Ya, I suppose it's sort of splitter on pitch 3. P...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is one heck of a pitch!  Photo by: Nick S.
This is one heck of a pitch! Photo by: Nick S.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the nicest pitches in Sedona
One of the nicest pitches in Sedona
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the jungle. Route starts at the veg ledg...
View from the jungle. Route starts at the veg ledg...
Rock Climbing Photo: The views of Sedona are just okay.
The views of Sedona are just okay.
Rock Climbing Photo: Touched By An Angel. North Face of Earth Angel Spi...
BETA PHOTO: Touched By An Angel. North Face of Earth Angel Spi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Good view on how awesome the ledge is below the sp...
BETA PHOTO: Good view on how awesome the ledge is below the sp...
Rock Climbing Photo: We be jammin' all day.  More pitch 3 glory!
We be jammin' all day. More pitch 3 glory!
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle on pitch 3.  Photo by: Nick S.
Kyle on pitch 3. Photo by: Nick S.
Rock Climbing Photo: Exiting the Vision Quest.
Exiting the Vision Quest.
Rock Climbing Photo: 2nd pitch with jungle approach below.
2nd pitch with jungle approach below.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unhappy that its over.
Unhappy that its over.
Rock Climbing Photo: Z. Harrison on the upper head wall pitch; into the...
Z. Harrison on the upper head wall pitch; into the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Z. Harrison on the first pitch; entering the potat...
Z. Harrison on the first pitch; entering the potat...
Rock Climbing Photo: J.Snyder headed up the get rad ramp on the second ...
J.Snyder headed up the get rad ramp on the second ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Beginning of splitter pitch.  Photo taken by Bob P...
Beginning of splitter pitch. Photo taken by Bob P...
Rock Climbing Photo: Zion pitch. Stupid.
Zion pitch. Stupid.

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By Greg Opland
Administrator
Oct 7, 2014

George Lowe and Paul Gagner did a boltless few pitches over here a few years back when they missed the actual start of the regular Earth Angel route. They joined the route a few pitches up.
By Zach Harrison
Oct 10, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Then we likely followed in their hand jams for a while. From the top of the second pitch, an easy 30 foot chimney(?) would put you at the top of the crux OW pitch on the regular route. Its a pretty obvious line, too bad they missed the splitter pitch!
By Trevor Bowman
From: Sheridan, WY
Oct 23, 2014

Got on this rig last Sat. for what we assume was the 2nd ascent? It was an excellent outing as advertised above which offered a wide variety in the climbing. The beta posted is quite good for approach, route and gear. A few random thoughts/comments...

We ended up approaching up the drainage that accesses the standard Earth Angel route, and cut out of that drainage once the downhill toe of the tower was reached. The going up to this point is pretty straightforward, the schwack above was unpleasant, but not terrible. We maintained a pretty good clip, but it took almost 2 hrs to reach the rope-up spot, the final jungle was tedious and slow.

The quality of the climbing is great throughout, but this is fresh Coconino, and crumbling edges and silty cracks are to be expected until it sees more traffic cleaning. The crunchy stone gave it an added spice for sure, especially on the final arete on the 4th pitch. This finish is for sure heads up! You launch off a large ledge (could easily walk right and finish up the standard route) on bouldery moves into good jugs for the majority of the rest of the pitch. However, these are flexible Sedona jugs that have scarcely been tested and have a very dubious feel. You gotta pull on them too, it's steeper than you'd think. The first pro is 15' up or so, small and fiddly, better pro appears a body length further. Once you're committed, you have to just keep climbing and hope the jugs stay rooted--it's spicy. Anyway, this was a cool, exposed stretch of climbing that afforded a fully independent line, but it was much bolder and potentially dangerous than the rest of the route...

One other thing was the rope drag that accompanied every pitch. We slung long on most pieces, but still got bad drag. The 2nd pitch draws the rope into the ramp crack and eats it. It may be worth it to belay short and finish the tunnel vortex separately... The final pitch might be best broken up it you want to do the arete with a more vigilant belay.

Nice work on this one boys, it was a great adventure that provides a more "full value" summit bid on this awesome tower!
By Casey Niggemyer
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jan 19, 2015
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

had a great time climbing this route a few days ago. I second Trevor's input on the approach, and current condition of the route. expect at least a two hour approach, with some mandatory jungle mountaineering towards the base of the spire. The route itself was a blast, with each pitch offering quintessential sedona style; awkward chimney spin arounds, tight vortex squeezes and splitter Zion quality cracks. that being said, it is a new route so be careful what you pull on. Once this things sees a little more traffic it will be a classic for sure, but is well worth climbing in its current condition. So rad that this thing went ground up in a day, must have been quite the rewarding adventure. Go out and get on it!
By Tim Heid
From: AZ
Mar 24, 2015

What a crazy fun route! Hell of a job fellas!

The exposure right off the base belay was great and that potato chip flare was wildly fun. Then some fun(read: kind of awkward) OW above to the chains made for a great long pitch.

Pitch 2 had some so-so rock, but it is significantly easier so it was still lots of fun. The spin move in the vortex was super cool! Plus that ledge on the top of pitch 2 is amazing! We unroped and hung out for a long time, enjoying the view and watching the Helo's run through the canyon below us.

Pitch 3 was certainly the best pitch in Sedona I've done so far. The ramp leading up to the base of the splitter is casual, but it felt a tiny bit spicy. Once you set up under the splitter it was just a wonderful series of varied jamming, crimping, and even some saver jugs for a long way.

We had the suggested rack and found it just about right on. For an onsight, you may want a 3rd #1 & #2 C4, but probably not necessary. It does get a little wide at the upper section, so save those 3's & 4 and maybe even a 2 for the last bit.

I left a couple of biners at the top of P3 and someone prior had left sets on the other anchors, which is always nice when rapping. We also replaced the webbing at the top of pitch 1.

On a personal note- we all decided to lead pitch 3, giving up the summit, but sharing a super cool experience right before I get hitched in 2 weeks. A lasting memory for sure!
By Mitch Y
Sep 27, 2015

As fun as the usual Sedona bushwacking, jungle boogeying, or cacti skirting approaches are, one variation to avoid the approach is to try the Touched By An Earth Angel route. Climb Earth Angel, rappel Touched By An Angel, climb Touched By An Angel, and finally rappel Earth Angel. This route offers a 'big wall' climbing experience of 1350' in one excursion, Sedona style! The crux for us was rappelling TbaA, getting our ropes stuck in a couple of cracks. However, the climbing is phenomenal for the entire route but receives very little sunlight except for the summit, making this a warm weather endeavor. Start early, bring your headlamp, hardhat, and lunchpail (as Z. Harrison and J. Snyder say) and plan for the full moon escape!
By Dean Hoffman
Jun 15, 2016

Only got to do the first three pitches of this route before running out of time, but it was fantastic. We misread the approach beta and ended up on the wrong side of the tower(!), but still ended up at the base of the route in 2hrs. Didn't find the approach too heinous by Sedona standards, just long. As for the line itself thought it was a blast. Again we didn't read the topo throughly and Lee climbed the large roof to the right of the "potato chip flake" on pitch one and found it to be doable at about 10+/11-. The rest of the line is pretty damn straight forward. Be forewarned the exit of pitch 2 is tight! Good luck.
By Miguel D
From: SLC
Oct 4, 2016

Good, good route! If this was better known and had a shorter/more straight forward approach it would probably be a classic. I'm glad it isn't and I like it the way it is, but it really is pretty good.

Careful on the second half of the 4th pitch, after getting on the ledge. The face climbing is spicy for sure and a bit run out. Description is spot on. Be on your A game, a fall could here could be bad.

With that said, get on it!
By Zach Harrison
Nov 11, 2016
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Hey if you are heading out to climb this, I have chain for the first pitch raps. It would be cool to get the cord off out there and have a more permanent solution. On the FA we ran out of chain and bolts.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Nov 14, 2016

Zach how much chain is needed?
By James Xu
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Apr 11, 2017

Felt good to stand on the summit once again. Did Earth Angel a couple years back and this was well worth the return trip. The vortex and P3 made it so worthwhile.

We donated some carabiners for the 3rd pitch anchor and summit anchor, please don't booty them (or at least replace them) or experience the insta-karma of getting your rope stuck in those tiny chain links (it won't be worth it) ;) All rap stations are now equipped with carabiners for your abseiling pleasure.
By Derek Schad
From: McCarthy, AK
Apr 11, 2017

I'd second Dean's comment about the roof on pitch one. Probably goes at about .11- but rad none the less! Recommend as a way to get the blood moving early.
By Dave Spies
From: Sedona, AZ
Jun 8, 2017

Wow, what a fun route. Every pitch is fun. We climbed it in June on a 95 degree day. I thought we would roast, but felt comfortable the whole time. Not a bad outing for a summer day.

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