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El Sendero Diablo (The Devil's Path) 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 6 pitches, 600', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Scott & Deanne Miller & Kurt Smith
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Submitted By: Robert MacKinnon on Jun 2, 2008

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Climbers on the 3rd pitch - El Sendero Diablo (5....

Description 

P1: 5.9
P2: 5.11c
P3: 5.11b
P4: 5.10+
P5: 5.11a
P6: 5.7

Location 

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".

Protection 

Bolted multi-pitch sport route. All anchors are bolted.


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By WAGbag
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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 24 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!
By Charlie Shannon
From: Denver, CO
Nov 3, 2014
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Like some other commenters, I thought the 11s were a bit soft but got totally bouted at the roof on the 10+! Excellent movement throughout with definitive cruxes linked by solid, enjoyable climbing. We ended up ascending the last 5.7 glory pitch and walking over to the set of anchors to the left. The descent took some advanced rap techniques, clipping bolts on the way down to negotiate the appreciable overhang and to avoid getting stuck out in empty space (I've heard stories of epic 5 hr hangs in the void due to accidentally passing bolts on the way down!) Make sure you're prepared to ascend your line to avoid a rescue if things get hairy.