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King Crimson is squat, but formidable 400 foot tower on the ridgeline between Firecat and Macita. The tower resisted all attempts to be climbed until the Southwest Face dihedrals were climbed in the early '80s.
Follow the approach to the Firecat area, then continue east across one more drainage system.
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Southwest Face 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b A0 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'
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Southwest Face 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b A0 AZ : Sedona Area : ... : King Crimson
After several exploratory attempts to free climb the first ascent of the tower from the notch, we faced the fact that an aid climb would be required to summit. And no more spectacular aid climb could be found than the series of shallow corners that split the southwest face. In late winter, we hiked loads of aid gear into the tower, and Grossman spent the day leading the first pitch. We fixed a rope with plans to return the next day and finish, but winter arrived (note to skiers: if you ever want...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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