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Death and Taxes 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a [details]
FA: JJ Schlick
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Jun 15, 2009
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Dan Foster on sighting the second ascent of Death ...


In the middle of the Main Amphitheater is an eye snagging, overhanging column which boldly sticks out from the rest of the wall. I remember staring at this line for a long time before investigating further. However, alongside the few certainties of life, I knew this pitch was going to be stellar just by scoping it, and the end result was nothing short of that for the grade.

Shares start with Could Be Worse. At the roof, move out right into very thin, scoop like dihedral. Follow this to the base of the overhanging column, passing interesting moves, thin gear, and 1 bolt up high before the break. Continue up the overhanging right side of column placing gear on the run, jamming, and jug hauling passing 3 bolts at the very top. Striking, delicate, and powerful.


Mid to left side of amphitheater. Look for a distinct overhanging column at 2/3 height with lines on either side. Death and Taxes takes the right hand side of the this formation.


You can place many 00 and 0 TCUs. As many as 4 each wouldn't hurt. A double set of other finger sized pieces. Small, medium, and large wires.

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D. Bloom on Death & Taxes at The Waterfall.
D. Bloom on Death & Taxes at The Waterfall.
Danny dealing with the taxes section of the route...
Danny dealing with the taxes section of the route....
Dan Foster at the vertical crux.
Dan Foster at the vertical crux.
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By Michael Sokoloff
From: Spokane, WA
Aug 13, 2009
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

Excellent route! I think a double set of cams to 0.5 Camelot and wires will suffice for gear (at least it did for me). This route is every bit as good as its next door neighbor, Could be Worse. It is more straightforward at the steep finish. There is some really cool jamming in the flare. Between the well-placed bolts and the gear, this route is very safe and not scary. My greatest concern was keeping my rope from falling into the poison oak at the base. I spent sometime pruning today.

By Wylie
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 7, 2013

I'll 2nd that doubles are fine, unless you want to sew up the easy slaby climbing down low.