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Superstition Mtns - NW / HandPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar May 16 2017
Climbing4.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Climbing4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.80 mph
1,200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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 The Razors Edge 5.6SportG3 Pitches
When I saw the extended forecast for this week I knew I needed some time off. Three days of breezy low 80s in Mesa. The last hurrah of the low desert activities for the summer months. My climbing buddy Jack will have shoulder surgery in June so we figured to get in a climb or two. Today was The Razor's Edge on The Hand, a reprise of my AMC grad climb last March.

Windy as all get out up there and almost chilly. What a treat for May in the Supers. Terrific climb. I know it is unusual for climbers to admit to falling but I don't care. I did come loose on pitch #3, over 100 feet up in the air. Got a few feet off route and onto a bit of featureless wall on the north side. Was using smeared feet and ran out of time before they just let go. Oops. Dropped about a good body length before the belay and anchors and a nice, stretchy climbing rope kicked in and arrested my fall. Provided a few milliseconds of contemplation during which you wonder if your partner has set good anchors and if the bolts are new and going to hold. If they don't, well... . After arrest I just moved a couple feet over to the edge of the arete (back on route) and went right up. The long rappel from the top was real work. It was super windy so we had a friend provide a fireman's belay from the bottom. The wind, the belay, and rope weight really put the breaks on and we were bounced around all the way down.

I never claimed to be the best climber, but it was damned exciting! Just so some of the readers that have thought about rock climbing will know; not everyone out there is a flawless rock star (pun intended) that scampers effortlessly up whatever climbing challenge presents itself. Some of us are old, clumsy goomers that do our best and try not to get killed or kill our climbing partners, and enjoy ourselves immensely while doing it! Try it. You might like it.
"Morbius! Something approaches from the southwest!"

- Robby
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