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YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Darren Singer
Season: Spring, summer, fall
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Submitted By: Kole DeCou on Aug 23, 2006

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Pullin' roof!


This is one of my favorite, all natural gear pitches of climbing anywhere. Easily toproped after climbing the Sword. A short bit of steep hands leads to finger crack which takes you under the roof. Plug in a black alien in a seam to the right, then bust out some wild moves out left, and undercling back right again to turn the roof. One more crux section guards the chains.


Starts just left of the Sword, under the big roof 70 ft up.


Nuts, doubles to #2 Camalot with triples black-yellow Alien.

Photos of Vertebrae Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: close-up of vertebrae roof....
close-up of vertebrae roof....
Rock Climbing Photo: the horizontal above the roof.  fantastic!
the horizontal above the roof. fantastic!
Rock Climbing Photo: Vertebrae...  With the Sword pitch on the right.
Vertebrae... With the Sword pitch on the right.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nick Rhoads at the start of Vertebrae on 3/13/10.
Nick Rhoads at the start of Vertebrae on 3/13/10.

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 12, 2006

A very classic pitch- just another must do if you're up there. Bring one #1, one #2, and one #.75 for the lower section. The crux may be getting up under the roof. This protects well with a couple #00 metolious. After the roof, there are nut placements, but a couple yellow metolious are nice to have. Two or three blue metolious/camalot are also a good thing to have.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Jul 9, 2009
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

From the ground this route appears sketchy to protect up high near the crux. However it actually protects quite nicely, just ensure you have several small cams & nuts. A fun route!
By Darren Singer
From: Portland, OR
May 6, 2010

Vertebrae?? Why the name? When I was first tempted to hop on this line, I was worried about the block roof and whether it would cut loose while jamming through it. At a later date I came back with a crowbar and tension traversed over from The Sword, jumping up and down on it to no avail. I assume it is still wedged there (??). [I haven't been back to the WFall in 15+ yrs). Anyway, while cleaning the remainder of the route on the way down, I dislodged a loose block, behind which was the skeletal remains of some critter. Possibly it was a bat, with bleached white vertebrae bones shining in the light.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 14, 2011
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

one of the best pitches at the grade i have climbed in a while! The crux was a hoot but the block roof was a bit intimidating to yard on..
By Tim H.
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 20, 2012
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Amazing pitch! Lots of varied climbing and plenty of tough moves separated by good rests. I'd recommend saving a #1/#2 camalot for the horizontal above the roof.
By Robbie Brown
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 2, 2013
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Can be done quite easily without 3 black alien sizes. I think i used 1 purple metolius, and 1 purple c3 and nothing smaller.

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