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Romancing the Stone 

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

   
Type:  Sport, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Jim Purdy & Curt Shannon '87
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Submitted By: Scott Coldiron on Jul 4, 2009
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Description 

Thanks to Curt Shannon & Marty Bland for info on the climb. Description edited:

A two-bolt route between the arete of Oomph (11a)and the obvious Inside Corner (5.7). The moves are powerful and the holds small.
"Spokane Rock Climbs" gives bad info on the route. Romancing the Stone is still there, still 12a, and an excellent climb.


Location 

On the Don Quixote Face, which is the back side of the main face. Romancing the Stone is to the right side of the wall between the Oomph arete and Inside Corner.


Protection 

2 bolts to anchors.



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By Curt Shannon
Jan 4, 2010

You may not have been on-route, as "Romancing the Stone" does not follow an arete. Rather, it follows the two-bolt line between the arete of "Oomph" (to the left) and the inside corner of "Inside Corner" (to the right.) The first ascent was dome by Jim Purdy and me in 1987.

Please refer to Bob Loomis's Guide (3rd Edition) to the area, for further detail.

Curt Shannon

By ler
From: Laclede
Apr 24, 2010

power moves on nothing!

By Marty Bland
Jun 13, 2010

Inland Northwest Rockclimbs give's a more up to date description, but Curt's description is right on. A guidebook in between Loomis's and Bland's even described the route as unclimbable due to a broken hold. I climbed the route after the book came out. It's still 12a.