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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Eric Foster on Mar 5, 2006

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Joe J. on varicose


Crux for this route is coming out of the crack and onto the face, this was a fun climb, never seen such a big flake.


Large crack, second route to the right


Large pro, #4 Camalot helps at the bottom,#3, #2, small to medium nuts, or small cams.

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Cory M. leading with all the pro placed.
Cory M. leading with all the pro placed.
Love those large cams!
Love those large cams!

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By ZEric
From: Surprise, AZ
Dec 7, 2008

fun climb. a #5 cam would have been helpful, the largest part of the crack wouldn't take a #4 and it ended up more run out than I would have liked.
By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Jan 10, 2010

One of the better easy routes at Pinnacle. Not worth fiddling with big gear if you are comfortable at the grade. Also fun to move left and finish using the final bolt of Reunion.
By Tim Heid
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 24, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I agree with Eric, a bigger cam would'be been nice in the wide part. I was able to get a #4 in poorly semi early and walked it up into nicer territory, but a fall before the #4 was placed well would be painful.
By MacM
From: Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Feb 25, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I think this is actually one of the best routes I've done at PP. I did take the above comments under consideration and brought along the #6 for the bottom crux, which worked out really well.
By Michele Evans
Oct 16, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The bottom felt more like 5.7, slightly awkward, loved placing a #5, & a 4. Fun route & a good way to get a TR up.
By Nate Young
From: Phoenix
Jan 20, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

That was a fun route. Didn't feel sketchy at all. A #5 at the bottom is great, but it's not required if you are OK with standing up in the flake to place a #4 up high.

Video of Climbing Varicose.
By charlie c
Jan 29, 2015

I have to young kids and am looking for climbs for them. Could this one be top roped? Or would there be to much rope drag? thanks
By The Cave
Feb 19, 2015

Charlie C, I just returned from a climbing trip in the area. We had a 3, 4, 7, 9 and 12 year old in our party. It can be top roped and was the only really easy route we could find that all the kids could get on. My 4 year old managed about 2/3rds of the route. Its a really fun climb, i enjoyed hiking it.
Have fun out there!!

There are a great concentration of climbs in the lower grades in the mine area of Queen Creek canyon. We had a lot of luck there.
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