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Trend Generally Upwards 

YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Luis Cisneros, Eric Ruljancich, Andy Bennett '16
New Route: Yes
Season: May-October
Page Views: 151
Submitted By: Andy Bennett on Dec 5, 2016

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Description 

***70M ROPE REQUIRED to lower from this route***

This route is dedicated to Jim Scott. Jim's contributions to the climbing community in Southern Arizona and beyond were immense. Sadly, this past summer Jim left us far too early. His wit, eternal optimism, and go-for-it attitude were infectious at every crag; he is and will be deeply missed.

Tricky "three-dimensional" climbing colors this engaging route throughout...there are some outrageous moves that I've never encountered anywhere. Three or four distinct cruxes with very good rests in between mean that, if you can hold on long enough to figure out the sequences, you might just get the onsight.

Three options exist for climbing this route:

1) Climb the new route (all bolts)
2) Climb to the top of the main corner, then continue on into sinker jams on "Cheap Shot's" second pitch hand crack ("High Five", hands to fingers); this allows one to bypass the dangerous choss bungling on Cheap Shot's first pitch
3) Take a right at the fifth bolt, clip the connector bolt, and join "Cheap Shot" for a little extra funky corner climbing (stoppers, a finger-sized piece or two) before rejoining "Trend" to the top

Find the line of brown camo-bolts just left of the iridescent green lichen highway. Climb immediately steep terrain, reaching a shelf that is shared with the vintage climb Cheap Shot. Here you can place an optional #1-#2 Camalot to protect moves to the next bolt. Traverse right to a high clip and get ready to get creative with the corner system. Ingenuity will deposit you on the "King Sofa", where you can get it all back.

As you awake from the Sofa, be sure that you have an attentive belayer: difficult climbing follows, and too much slack in the line might pose a slight ankle-tweaking risk (rock quality necessitated this...) More hard climbing will eventually take you to a large roof at the top of the corner, the "SkyBox"; impressive views can be had from your perch here. At this point you can opt to climb left into the Cheap Shot--High Five hand crack (10+), or move right into the final crux of the route. Be sure to clip the last bolt under the roof with a sling-draw, or you'll be haulin' oxen on your way to the chains!

The route will give you several opportunities for not just a full-body rest, but also the option to turn around completely to take in the stunning grandeur of the Canada del Oro valley spilling out below you. Take a moment to remember the many fine climbs that Jim Scott shared with us to enjoy. Climb it towards sunset for a real treat.

***70M ROPE REQUIRED to lower from this route***

Location 

Between "Cheap Shot" and "Cheap Thrills/Agent Orange" corner...about 20' left of "Booted from the Galley"

Protection 

***70M ROPE REQUIRED to lower from this route***

14 quickdraws and one should-length draw; biner anchors


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By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 5, 2016

Again, a 70M ROPE IS REQUIRED. Some may find the bolting on this rig a bit perplexing. Variable rock quality and the need to avoid marring classic routes necessitated the sometimes-odd bolt placement; my apologies. I hope you enjoy the route and Happy Climing!

-Andy B
By "Canada" Eric Ruljancich
Jan 1, 2017
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

This thing is pretty cool. It's sort of like three different climbs all linked together with comfortable rests. The climbing in each stretch will challenge you in its own different way. Have fun!

Thanks to Andy and Luis for envisioning this line and letting me help with developing it.

Rest in Peace Jim. Thanks for all the adventures and climbs. You are missed.

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