December 10-11, 2014
With great weather and couple days in between finals and an academic conference in San Francisco, Sedona climbing was calling. On Wednesday, Paul, Hilary and I went to scramble up and climb Bell Rock on the south side of town. We scrambled up a gully on the west side of the formation and climbed one short pitch at 5.8 to gain the summit. A fun little spire with a nice summit.
|Hilary and Paul scrambling up Bell Rock|
|Panorama from Bell Rock|
That afternoon, Paul and I went and messed around on some of the boulders at Priest Draw - a world famous bouldering destination. I'm no "boulderer" but this was a fun time. Tons of cool problems, mostly too hard for me to even make the first move. We climbed on and around the Triangle Rock.
On Thursday, George and I climbed Mars Attacks! in Sedona (5.9 trad/sport, 4 pitches, Grade II). We parked at the Devil's Bridge trailhead (4x4 necessary) and made the 30 minute approach to the base of the route. This route is a favorite among locals, and for good reason! Pretty solid rock (for Sedona) and varied and quality climbing.
Pitch 1 - Bolted slab pitch (thin!) up and right to a 2-bolt anchor on the limestone band (5.9+)
Pitch 2 - Bolted traverse on the limestone band to a 2-bolt anchor (5.8)
Pitch 3 - Long trad pitch up a super fun and varied crack, chimney - 2-bolt anchor on the left (5.7)
Pitch 4 - Finish off the crack and bolted slab to the top - 2-bolt anchor (5.9)
Descent: 3 rappels with a 70-m rope (use chains 30 feet to right of top anchor)
|Slabby, bolted first pitch|
|George coming up the thin slab|
|2nd pitch - the $$ pitch|
|Such a unique and awesome pitch|
|George finishing off the traverse pitch|
|Third pitch - crack and chimney|
|George finishing up the sweet 3rd pitch|
|4th pitch crack before the slab|
|Top of the route|
|Mars Attacked - we won|
|Agave attacked - I lost|
|Unfortunately I somehow got a 1 inch long agave spike entirely inside my leg on our hike out. Also unfortunate, I had to go to the hospital to get it out.|