This route is outside the boundaries of the SCC property and is currently off-limits to climbing. Please do not trespass on private property by climbing this route.
One of the Steele classics and one of the more quality mid-grade trad routes in the state.
Monopoly begins on the same holds as Aura and Man Overboard, but it traverses across the face, under the old, fixed pro of the other routes, to the arete. Finish by staying on the arete proper....where you will find grand vistas and airy exposure.
The top is a bit ledgy......there used to be a tree at the first prominent ledge but it died and fell off.....so now to set an anchor that is generally over the arete you have to go higher....and the complication of doing this along with the traversing nature of the route might lead one to settle on belaying the second from the top.
Just have your act together and don't commit a bunch of tomfoolery by getting up near the finish and commencing a yelling conversation with your belayer on the ground about what to do....have a plan.
At the Amphitheater area, starts at the base of the dihedral that forms Bird's Nest Crack. Four routes start from this location, Bird's Nest (5.9), Aura (5.11), Man Overboard (5.10 c/d) and Monopoly.
standard Steele rack. Some long runners for the route's direction change and for the ledgy finish
Mar 5, 2010
"Just have your act together and don't commit a bunch of tomfoolery by getting up near the finish and commencing a yelling conversation with your belayer on the ground about what to do....have a plan."
sage advice and one that i wish more climbers would adhere to.
|By sammy raviv|
May 2, 2010
"Four routes start from this location, Bird's Nest (5.9), Aura (5.11), one whose name i can't remember (5.10 c/d), and Monopoly."
route you can't remember is Man Overboard. I have it going 11a/b.
From: The Deeper South
Dec 23, 2010
There are now two big fat bolts with rings at the top.
| || Arete |
| || Traverse. One nice spot on the wall to find morning shade in the Summer. Three routes on this face plus the corner and Chandler's Roof. |
|By Jamie S.|
From: Gold River, CA
Feb 24, 2011
Just some route history:
Joel Berry attempted the first ascent traverse at the beginning, but backed off. I went up and completed it to the arete and called it Monopoly. Buddy Barron did the first ascent of the arete. I think Les put the whole thing together. Classic for its grade and exposure.
|By Cres Simpson|
From: Birmingham, AL
Dec 22, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
Really fun climb -- great exposure.
For me, the traverse was very thin. The feet are great but it's heady and the potential for a pendulum fall adds some mental difficulty to the route.
The arete is easy and well protected.