Harry Edwards, the Arizona teen who earlier this year established a potential 5.14d sport line at his home crag of East Clear Creek, has ticked off another project and first ascent. Lazarus is a powerful line at the Main Wall of Jacks Canyon, Arizona, and Harry is giving the line 5.14c.
Harry is no stranger to 5.14 having climbed numerous routes at the grade, including God’s Own Stone (5.14a), Omaha Beach (5.14a) and Southern Smoke (5.14c) in the Red River Gorge when he was only 12 years old. He also has several 5.14 first ascents to his name at his local crags, some of which remain unrepeated.
Lazarus “has a strange history,” says Harry’s father, Rob Edwards, who supports Harry and his brother, Preston, in their climbing and bolts new projects for them to try.
“First bolted in the 1990s, it was supplemented with a large number of manufactured pockets,” Rob Edwards continues. “About twenty years ago, when the first ascent of the climb (then 5.13) was stolen, the route developer promptly chopped the bolts and filled almost all of the drilled pockets with epoxy. I re-bolted the line a few years ago and left the pockets un-excavated, making for a much, much harder climb. It is now a great power route if one can overlook the patched-up pockmarks of the past.”