With Esther from Boston. Perhaps the softest "classic" climb at Sedona. Nothing more difficult than 5.8. The noise you hear on the internet about the first pitch slab is unwarranted. The 3rd pitch (most sustained) is 5.6 in Bloom's guide, I concur. What makes it classic of course is the 2nd pitch limestone band traverse (mental crux of the route). Exposure is grand and truly makes it a must do. Combining it with both pitches of the Big Corner (5.10+)makes for a short, but worthwhile day. The 2nd pitch of Big Corner is one of my favorite 5.10 leads in Sedona. This route is accessed immediately to the right and at the finish of your raps off of Mars. Mars is the more shady, so start with which ever route accordingly.
Sweet route. I led the 1st and 3rd pitches. I forgot my water(rookie mistake) and suffered the consequences. Had severe dehydration and heat exhaustion. Awesome climb other then that! Pitch 2 and 3 are awesome! Almost stepped on a rattlesnake on the way down!
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