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2 Legit 2 Quit  

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

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 400', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Dave Spies, Tony Bartoletti, Cody Ferguson, John Domaska
New Route: Yes
Season: Morning Sun, Afternoon Shade
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Submitted By: Dave Spies on Dec 17, 2012

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All types of climbing from fingers to fists, face to off-width, and exposed overhangs to chimney. Test every style you have in your bag of tricks. All clean pitches (rare for sedona)


Fay Canyon Butttress, Sedona, AZ See topo for details


70m rope or two 60m. Camalot or equivalent Double #.4-#2 Single #3, #4. 6 extendable draws.

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On the first full ascent, January 2010, I think.  ...
On the first full ascent, January 2010, I think. ...
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looking at p2-p5, p2 Hey Hey variation out of view...
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Topo and approach
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traverse below anchor starting pitch 3
traverse below anchor starting pitch 3
route from approach.  Big tan buttress/ wide crack...
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pitch 2
Pitch 3 Roof.
BETA PHOTO: Pitch 3 Roof.
cody on pitch 3 crux
cody on pitch 3 crux
Jim Donini following the first chimney pitch. Nice...
Jim Donini following the first chimney pitch. Nice...

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By markguycan
From: flagstaff, AZ
Mar 24, 2015
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

Fun route but a bit harder than 10- for a few short sections.
Approach took 1:15 at a good pace but I have to admit I havent sweat so much for awhile!
P1: starts out easy but unprotected traverse 30ft then 5.8 LB shifting left on face.
P2: move belay 200ft to the left, goes up left leaning flake. Very nice pitch of mostly hands, a bit awkward makes this solid 5.9.
P3: fairly strenuous chimney after downclimb traverse below anchor (heads up to follower!) It could be nicer if couple of loose blocks were trundled with a crowbar. I placed a cam next to one of these blocks for psychological protection if not to keep me off the anchor 30ft below! Moving out from under the big roof is awesome! Cool moves and huge exposure; I think this pitch is probably 10c for the onsite, perhaps easier on repeat. Finish the pitch with some moderate OW.
P4: Traverse right from belay and move up the east face following bolts on RedRocks style crimps and insipient cracks. It would be a bad fall (around the corner and back into the chimney) if you missed this clip but it's not that hard. Pitch ends with a short but hard (10+) OW. There is an uninspiring bolt and a slung chock stone. It might be more comforting to bring a #4.5Camalot.
P5: Grovel up another chimney, exiting the chimney to hand cracks is fun.
Rap anchors currently in good condition, 70M rope pulls are clean.
Recommend single set to 4.5
Summit views are unparalleled.
Thanks Dave for the adventure.
By Dave Spies
From: Sedona, AZ
Dec 17, 2012

The FA was done ground up in 2010 and most bolts were added later.

I would like feedback on the ratings. Also could use some new paint on bolts if you have the time. Tried to camo all bolts and chains, but the paint I had sucks.

Also some fun TR variations if you have extra time. At least 9 possible pitches of climbing that make the approach totally worth it. And some ruins if you search hard enough. Please do not disturb ruins or collect artifacts.
By JimmyK
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 21, 2013

Excellent, varied climb. I think the rating listed on the topo for each pitch is accurate. Pitch 2-Excellent crack/layback, P3-Awesome roof, P4-Exposed face climbing, then short off-width, P5-Fun chimney. Stay left after the P5 chimney to the top anchors. Scramble up to cool summit. Anchors are well-thought out, (the first 3 raps requiring almost all of the single 70m rope). Loose rock at the P4 tree anchor belay station. We used the hand-made topo on MP and found the start of the route with no problems in 1 hour, 15 minutes. Great winter route. With the exception of P1, we had sun all day. 3.5 stars.
By sepe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 29, 2013

This probably goes without saying, but if you've chopped your 70M at all (even one meter) you should bring two ropes. The raps are perfectly spaced for 70M, so if you're short you will be short!

Great climbing.
By Ryan Z
Feb 2, 2013
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Good route for the colder days. It was in the sun all morning for us. 3rd pitch is wild! really fun. The topo says double rack. But singles of .3-3 and a set of nuts is really all you need.
By Catherine Conner
From: Phoenix, AZ
Nov 11, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

So freakin' great, I'd give it a classic status, amazing, beautiful, backcountry, and encompasses everything you could want out of a climb!!!! Great route, I'm so happy it exists, this will be a highlight of my year, good job guys on the F.A. of this :-) :-) !!!!

Dave, I met you in the Grand Canyon on the day of the government shutdown, I was going in to canyoneer Garden Creek with some friends ~ you told me about this route and that it was good, THANK YOU (you were right)!!!!!!!
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