Starting to Sport Climb

Today Sarah and I drove to a canyon on lower Mt. Lemmon. We parked and hiked up the dry wash to a wall with a dozen or so sport climbing routes. Sport routes have anchors bolted into the rock from start to finish. These anchors are spaced a few body lengths apart. It's like Trad climbing without having to place your own protection. It's a great way to get to more and more routes once you've top-roped enough.
The leader starts up the pitch and clips in to each bolt as they go upward. At the top of the pitch the leader clips into the top anchors and is lowered or rappels back to the ground.
We climbed two routes, a 5.7 and a 5.8. They were both my first sport leads. The rock was awesome, very good texture, and great juggy holds! Perfect for a first lead! We played around with variations on both routes and had a great day.
Hairpin Turn


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