El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's Path)
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Start down low at the far right end of the Outrage Wall at a small alcove (about 5 meters left of La Prima Vez). The route trends up and left for the last three pitches.
The descent can be a little tricky as this route ends above overhanging terrain. The following descent description is taken from Ed and Tami Wright's guidebook and it worked well for us: "Climb down the left (west) side of the summit block to the top anchors on Fit For Life. The first person to descend must clip the single rope through all the bolts in order to reach the anchors on the ledge. Remember to tie the end of the rope to the anchor. The second person then ties on another rope and rappels on two ropes to retrieve the quickdraws. Once level with the ledge, pull in on the fixed rope. Easier to avoid the last pitch then rap 1 pitch then swing onto Afro Juan".
Bolted multi-pitch sport route. All anchors are bolted.
|Comments on El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's Path)
From: Denver, CO
May 24, 2009
One of the best climbs in the park. Watch for people below since it traverses left. The middle pitches all felt like 5.11- and had me smiling the whole time.
Skipping the last pitch leads to a big swing to Afro Juan. Acccording to Handsome Mike you can do the last pitch and come straight down into Afro Juan. We back-tracked the last 5.11a pitch then went into anther climb below.
|By Mike Holley|
From: Boone, NC
Jan 10, 2012
Super Fantastic Climb!! One of my favorite throughout the trip. Every pitch is exactly like you want it, fun yet challenging. Each pitch has a few thought provoking sequences that are linked with quality climbing. The 10.d pitch is definitely stiff for the grade and the 11.a is very soft. We skipped the last 5.7 pitch and swung over to Afrojuan for a very airy rappel!
Two Thumbs WAY UP!! A MUST DO!!
|By Stan Pitcher|
From: SLC, UT
Apr 16, 2012
Thanks for the memory Mike - did this climb maybe 10 years ago and took several falls leading the 10d pitch! Think I managed to follow the 11 pitches clean? An ultra classic route!
|By Ross Exler|
From: New York
Jan 4, 2013
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a
My favorite route of the ones that I did while I was down there. I thought the grades were stiff when compared to other .11s that we did. We went over to Afro Juan and simulrapped on GriGri's with the first clipping the bolts and then tying the rope off (actually he just anchored) to the anchor. Worked like a charm. Afro Juan looks ridiculously hard when you are going down it on rappel!