One rest day later, we were aiming for All Systems Go. We jumped out of order due to concerns of the supposedly arduous Lifeline approach interfering with an evening dinner party. The ASG hike may be my favorite approach to date in Sedona - a secluded path with great canyon views leads to neat slick rock walking. Below the dramatic 30° overhanging arch, the mystery of this unrepeated crack grew. After a decade of attempts by Flagstaff’s best jammers, only Lor Sabourin had made it up the crack without falling.
I was up first for this one, but quickly gave up any onsight dreams, going piece to piece while intimidated by the overhung intensity. Once resting on gear with a patient mind, I found comfy sculpted jams with bad feet - relatively straight forward climbing. I studied up in hopes of a quality second attempt. Amity had a similar first go experience.
On my second attempt I flowed through the bottom crux, ~20° overhung thumbstacking held in place by an upside-down drop knee foot jam. A chimney pod halfway up allows a complete recovery before the steeper and thinner flare crack ending. I charged out the difficulties feeling very pumped as I locked off on pinky jams. At the thinnest point, I instinctively kicked into a knee scum across the flare, taking weight off the worst locks, and recovering just enough to continue upward. I rested for many minutes at a single foot ledge just below the anchor, and powered the awkward baggy finger finale. I felt very pleased with my execution, getting the second ascent of this notorious crack on my 2nd attempt!
Amity followed up with a heartbreaking effort - after a low fall second go, she made it to the top of the thin fingers flare third try, just missing the post-crux rest stem by slipping a foot on a sandy smear! She came back with her husband Connor a few days later and executed on the first try that day, and we were back on track for the trifecta.