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Purple Shark 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Andy Marquardt
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Submitted By: Aimee Rose on Mar 30, 2006

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In the cool two finger pocket

Description 

One of Flagstaff's finest for the grade.

Purple Shark starts out with a steep section riddled with pockets. Some technical arÍte climbing leads to the crux boulder problem over the roof, and onto the upper headwall.

Location 

This route starts on the arete and goes left. It had purple bolt hangers as of Fall 2005.

Protection 

6 bolts


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Upper crux
Upper crux
ammon belaying, getting up to lower crux
ammon belaying, getting up to lower crux
Time to get a shake out before the upper headwall
Time to get a shake out before the upper headwall
the cruiser section
the cruiser section
entering the real crux
entering the real crux
Air time.
Air time.
In the middle of the route
In the middle of the route
Opening sequence
Opening sequence
Setting up to enter the upper crux
Setting up to enter the upper crux
Awesome climb in a beautiful setting!
Awesome climb in a beautiful setting!
Exiting the upper crux heading for the chains!
Exiting the upper crux heading for the chains!

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By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 7, 2007

Only six bolts, and Mussy Hooks at the top. The low crux is bouldery and intimidating (have a good spot to the first bolt), the arÍte section is a blast, and there's definite big-air potential if you exit the upper roof moves. Great exposure, too. Awesome!
By KyleK2
From: Phx/Flg AZ
Oct 3, 2012

A little bit of history. This route was bolted ground up drilling on stance and hooks except for the last bolt. After taking some whips trying to drill the last bolt, Drew finally succumbed to rap bolting the last bolt. The last hanger was painted purple with yellow teeth around the carabiner hole to resemble a sharks mouth.
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