Kestrel's Last Stand
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Start under the Great Roof. Up the arete that will enable you to clear the roof on its north side. Pull onto the upper face and enjoy the exposure! Bolts placed deliberately to allow ascending a left-facing dihedral just above the roof, or climb the face that the bolts are on. Similar difficulty, different styles of climbing.
A well-protected and very fun climb, named for the abundance of kestrel feathers found during that weekend that suggested a battle of the raptors.
To the north (climber's right) of the Great Roof that Exacerbator goes to the south (left) of.
11 bolts, chain anchors. 70 m rope ideal, but you can downclimb the last few meters if you use a 60m.
AMH on the second ascent. Photos by HLB.
|Comments on Kestrel's Last Stand
|By JJ Schlick|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 28, 2013
Great climbing to about the 3/4 mark, where the rock quality goes south and so does the movement.
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 6, 2013
Just did this again this past weekend and was happy to see that it's cleaned up nicely and is obviously seeing some traffic. Believe it or not, JJ, the rock quality was a lot worse before David banged away at this cleaning (while I was scrubbing "Lichenometry) for an hour plus!