|Turtle Rock - South Face
Narrative as provided to me by Scott on 8.6.13
After using the Desert Shield as a work out, I spent more and more time in the corridor trying to find the next line. But every route I checked out never really worked out, as again the quality of the rock. I had gotten so much flak for reinforcing some holds on Desert Shield with glue, I wanted to prove I could find a climb without the such requirements, after many failed starts, I found a line that started and ended on different feature, but followed the desert varnish the entire way.
It really was like three different climbs in one; a 12C overhanging start got you to a 13B traverse to a desperate crux V10. With zero chance to rest you had to fire up another 13B section to finish the route.
The spring was dragging on and the temps raising, and still no red-point. I had all but given up for the season when, with a bloody hand and three failed red point burns that day, I decided against all logic to rest 50 minutes and try one last time.
Almost right away, I blew the first move and my finger burned, but climbing higher and higher I was feeling surprisingly solid, before I knew it, I was through the crux and on to the last 30' feet of solid 13B. The last move to the anchor is the easy, but I wasn't going anywhere, but somehow muster the power and with one mighty effort, nailed the 11A reach and clipped the anchor. After promising the late John Bachar never to glue in the Park again, I named the climb Integrity.
2nd ascent Randy Leavitt
Alan Moore 2007, Alex Honnold 1/2012 and Tyson Atwell ???
10 bolts, anchors. Long runners are helpful.
BETA PHOTO: Integrity topo