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Cost of Business T 
Creaking Plank S 
Firefly T 
Kiss the Sky T 
Le Rap Et Tap T 
Mad Calf Disease T 
Major Tom T 
Minotaur T 
Mr. Bad Luck T 
Nimbus S 
Old Habits Die Hard T 
Orbital Decay S 
Rear-View Mirrors S 
Red Gorilla S 
Space Cadet T 
Starstruck T 
Wealth of Nations T 

Cost of Business 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: John Steiger, Oct. 3, 2008
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Oct 6, 2008

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Named to commemorate a large block that cut a new 70 meter rope as the route was being cleaned. If the first pitch of Old Habits Die Hard is climbed rather than the first pitch described here (both end at the same belay), Cost of Business may warrant three stars.

The first pitch (5.7) starts by working up a gully to a large right-facing corner with a bush at its base. The bush can be avoided by climbing a short, small corner to the right, and stepping back left to the larger corner above the bush. As of this writing, there is a rusty soft iron pin that, if solid, would protect the step left. (As hinted, the pin is loose, although it wouldn’t come out by hand). Climb the corner for maybe 40 feet, until possible to traverse left and up, past another corner system, to a third corner system, staying above (and out of) some more bushes. Move up this third corner system, using the prow on the left, until under a roof. Belay from gear (uses at least one 3.5-4 inch cam) and a small foot ledge under the roof.

The second pitch jams and laybacks out the roof-crack (5.9) just right of the stance. Easy ground above the roof leads to a ledge with chain anchors, but ignore them and continue up a crack to a bulge. After surmounting the bulge, step left around the buttress back onto the face and climb near the buttress to the top (it is possible on the face to clip a bolt or two on Mad Calf Disease, but the climbing is easy enough that it’s likely not necessary). Belay from Mad Calf's anchors.

See the photo-topo on the post for Starstruck.


See the approach for Starstruck. Once on the ledge system, walk east on the trail to where it begins to slope down. To the right is a blunt buttress with a few bolts. The first pitch begins just right of the blunt buttress, in a short gully leading to a somewhat ugly looking, right-facing corner.


Standard trad rack; include at least one 3.5-4 inch cam for the belay atop the first pitch. Can make one long rappel (two 60 meter ropes) or two rappels (stopping at a two-bolt hanging stance about halfway down) to get back to the ledge system.

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