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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.
|Comments on Elliptical Seasons
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+ 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.
Oct 17, 2013
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 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.