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Elliptical Seasons 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: The Head Crew
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 20, 2001

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Unquestionably my personal favorite on the Starcastle, Elliptical Seasons takes off after passing the two excellent trad cracks "To The Fire Wind" and "Reel to Real". I first spotted this line from across the canyon on the top of the Headstone. Sometimes a feature alone is all that it takes to make a line attractive, and Elliptical Seasons has a gorgeous elliptical seam arching up and right that splits an immaculate yellow head wall. To start Elliptical Seasons, angle in from the right almost in the Reel to Real crack. A series of overlaps and edges takes you gradually leftward, and after a reachy 5.12 crux at 60 ft or so dumps you into the start of the seam. This route never eases up until the end of the seam and even the final move at the anchor is a trick. Head for the right end of the jam, then back left to clip. A great line, easily worth three stars for quality, continuity, and the killer seam on a glorious wall.


QDs only. A slew of QDs gets you to the top, 14- 15 for 90 feet of climbing. Bring something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

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By Lotapowder
From: Sandy
Jul 1, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

A bit of a handbag at 12a but really fun route and in a great position. A little unfortunate that someone had put tick marks on every possible feature on the route. Really takes away from people trying to onsight.
Jul 22, 2003

An excellent route with a tremendous crux. A taller climber will have more ease and success through the crux section.A okay seem up the route with few flakes to use as well. I feel the best route on the Starcastle wall.
By Joe Simonsen
Oct 1, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Did this route today and found the movements and style of climbing interesting and varied. I enjoyed the face moves and the crack climbing. However, the rock quality in the are was not great. Several foot chips broke on me and there were numerous scary, hollow sounding flakes including one large one that is almost required for the route. The finish is somewhat heady as well. Solid and obvious holds five way to a brief run out to the anchors on lichen covers and slightly pebbly holds.
By Eric8
From: Framingham
Oct 17, 2013
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

11a might be a bit stiff...perhaps the route has cleaned up a little bit, but the rock is pretty good and the bolts quite close. I did break one foot chip, and the rock is a little friable but not enough to distract from the quality of the route.
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