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The Great Dihedral - 5.11d

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Double set of cams to #5, one #6. You can leave all the big cams on the top of the 5th pitch belay and then retrieve them on the way down rappelling the route.
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The rock on this route is a lot of black sandstone which is a bit better than most Sedona grade sandstone. Park at the Vultee Arch trailhead and hike about 15 minutes or so until you take a right turn that follows a wash a long way. Cairns do not mark the turn right away. You won’t see the first until maybe 50 or 100 yards off the main trail. Its not super straight forward. Once you find the cairns the trail is pretty well marked to the base of the route. You can tell you are at the route because there is a fixed rope for the first 50 feet or so up the first pitch. First pitch is a 50' fixed rope and then 11+/12- @ 190'. Pitch 2 5.9; pitches 3,4 and 5 are all wide 5.10+; pitch 6 5.10+ micro cam useful. Then you hit an easy section that takes you up to another steep wall. Look for the bolts that go to a 5.9 handcrack with a face traverse at the top before the belay. Eighth pitch is face about 5.10b/c, then another pitch of 5.10+ bouldery move over a roof on bolts. Then the tenth pitch is a super long good pitch of 5.9. This is a very physically demanding route because it is long and so sustained.

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You need double 60m ropes to rap the route. There is a wild hanging rappel for 200 feet up high.

Submitted by: movingoverstone on 2007-01-04
Last Modified: 2011-01-26
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Route ID: 70583

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