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Firefly T 
Gods and Monsters S 
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Le Rap Et Tap T 
Mad Calf Disease T 
Major Tom T 
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Orbital Decay S 
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Starstruck T 
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Orbital Decay 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: John Steiger, June 2012
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Jun 20, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: Strone Crag, showing Obrital Decay-yellow, Creakin...


Orbital Decay climbs a bolt line that catches the right edge of the huge roof band that cuts across the center buttress of Strone Crag. Three bolts protect gently overhanging climbing to a short slab under the roof band. Once below the roof, stretch high, clip another bolt just over the lip (consider using locking biners on the draw), then cut loose onto committing moves to get established on the face above. Three more bolts protect less than vertical but enjoyable face climbing to the anchors. Although the route has some funky rock in the first few body lengths and inconsistent difficulty, spectacular position and exciting climbing warrant the stars, in my view.


Walk east on the ledge system from which Starstruck starts until the ledge begins to peter out in the vicinity of Creaking Plank. Downclimb maybe 15 feet to a lower ledge. Above should be a belay bolt, with three more bolts above that on broken-looking and increasingly overhanging rock leading to the large roof described above. Descent: lower or rap from Metolius rap hangers.


Seven draws, plus draws for the anchors.

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By tenesmus
Jun 21, 2012

Nice work John!
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