|Type:||Sport, 2 pitches, 60'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]|
|Submitted By:||Peter Franzen on Jun 21, 2006|
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Apr 14, 2014
|A few bolts have been added to this climb. There is now an anchor bolted directly above the first pitch (alternate) start. I assume this is for toprope so everything runs cleaner (Caution: no rap rings on this anchor, so be prepared). There is also a new anchor bolted at the end of the 2nd pitch where the old manky anchor was, and 2 or 3 bolts added to the 3rd pitch (mostly 4th class anyways).|
From: Portland, OR
Aug 21, 2014
This is a fun, easy way to the top of the formation. Stunning view of Mt. Hood while climbing and at the top. You could easily do this in two pitches and just by pass the second set of anchors. Due to rope drag it would be better to do the climb in two pitches, although you could probably do it in one.
The anchor set up at the top is a little odd. Two rusty hangers very far apart from each other (about 2.5 feet). If you bring a longer cordelette you should be fine. I had a 6m cordelette and was able to build a decent two point anchor. If you had anything shorter it would be tricky.
In response to jeb013's comment, there are not rap rings at the first belay but if you solo (easy territory) to the left about 15 feet there is a rap station with fairly new-looking rap rings.
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Oct 8, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
A old rusted, 1/4" bolt on the 2nd half of Giant's Staircase has been removed, and relocated about 5' down to better protect the climber. 4 old and empty bolts studs were removed, and two old rusty bolts/hangers were removed (they had been left when someone added new bolts). Two other extra bolts were removed, and two bolts were relocated to reduce rope drag.
The rusty old anchors were removed and relocated with closer spacing to make it easier/safer to set up a belay anchor. Still recommended to rap off the rap rings on the front of the Dome though, due to rope drag over the edge going towards the start of Giant's Staircase.