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Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon Wall
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Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar May 23 2019
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 Stroke It Gently 5.10aTradPG4 Pitches
Protection not always great. BD to size 3. Small cams will come in handy. Fourth pitch has a heady start to a bolt and then a dicey traverse, use caution.
I started my summer break off right with a challenging four pitch classic in the Supes. Unseasonably cool weather meant the Supes were open for business, so myself, Shelby and Pernell made that the destination today and chose the challenging four pitch Stroke it Gently as our route.

I led the first pitch to get us going. It generally went well, pro was not always great, I ran it out a little up top where the climbing got easy. There might be a death block at the top of that pitch, use caution. Overall, not a bad lead for getting on the sharp end cold, but the rest of the day belonged to Pernell. I swapped leads with Pernell after bringing him and Shelby up on top belay. The second pitch is the crux pitch and the 5.10. Pernell led and Shebly and I followed. Pumpy little climb, not a lot of opportunities for rest. Its a hanging belay before pitch three, so I had to wait for Pernell to lead the third pitch before coming up. We tied three climbers into one 70m rope. Third and fourth pitch did not amount to difficult climbing, but they were real heady, needless to say, Pernell led those ones too. Dicey traverse to finish kept us all on our toes. Three raps to the bottom.Superb climb!

I really like how climbing has opened the Supes back up to me. I have already covered just about all of the wilderness area by foot, I guess now its time to start exploring vertically and ticking off some climbs.
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