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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 Jan 10 2021
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 The Long Lead 5.8
 Bandito Route 5.11bTrad
We had a productive day at a chilly Barks Canyon Wall today. We climbed two pitches of the Long Lead and then traversed over to the top of the Bandito Route to place some pro ahead of time at the crux. We then climbed the Bandito Route through its first pitch and very difficult crux and then on up to a third pitch variation of a 5.8R sport route called Lay me Down.

The climbing was tough and awkward, but that did not diminish from the great day out. It could have been a little warmer and less windy at times, but alas so goes climbing in the shade during winter. Shade hits the the main wall around 11 or so this time of year. It was a little depressing seeing the fire damage along Bluffs Springs Trail and in the distance. The fire did make the approach up to Barks Canyon Wall a lot easier, but that is nothing to be happy about in the greater scheme of things.

I really like this area. The setting is amazing and the climbing is tough and a little spicy. Big props to Sean and Pernell on some tough, heady leads. I am not ready to lead much out there, but I am slowly building a to do list and starting to get a better understanding of where all the routes go and the link up potentials, etc. I am looking forward to another trip out there already.
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