The Bender-Axen pitch starts about 20 feet right of the toe of the buttress where the bolted Chiboni is located. The start is vertical with thin smear moves to the crack about 15 ft; get a spot from your partner. Yellow alien is a bomber first piece. Enjoy the great crack climbing up to large pine tree for the first belay ledge. Crux move on the second pitch of Black Quacker turning the boulder roof... fun stuff. Then great climbing on chicken heads to the top. Decent walk off, scramble the back side on the left.
Submitted by: monkmiller510 on 2004-11-17
Route ID: 958
Slabby crux @ start, incredible climbing for next 30+ meters, as well as the second pitch on BQ. Second belay has one bolt on a vertical face, with a vertical crack below (clove hitch = very handy). Typical of Mt. Lemmon climbs, it's too short.
After skidding down the first 10 ft. of slab I stuck the rest of the route. We were a party of three. Wind, then hail, them rain precipitated simul-climbing the last two pitches. What a great introduction to Arizona climbing!