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Central Gully
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Blue In Green S 
Footprints S 
Helicopter Effect T 
Magali's Arete S 
Objectivist Tendencies T 
Rational Expectations S 
Seven Steps to Heaven S 
Snickerdoodle S 
Spontaneous Order S 
Straight, No Chaser T 
Tee it Up, Cupcake S 

Seven Steps to Heaven 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Romain Wacziarg & Matthew Fienup (March 2008)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Mar 28, 2008

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Description 

Short but AWESOME route up the summit block above Rational Expectations & Magali's Arete.

The crux is just below the second bolt (and is VERY well protected). The crux involves smearing your feet on the featureless face to the left of the arete. Following the crux, make a big move on the steepest part of the arete (5.9) and continue up the arete to the top.

A fantastic summit awaits you!!

Location 

Climbs the right-hand side of the summit block atop Rational Expectations and Magali's Arete. This is the summit block that separates the Right Side Gully from the Central Gully. For more info, click here

APPROACH
Climb either Rational Expectations or Magali's Arete to access the start of Seven Steps.

DESCENT
Descend by rappelling from rings/chains atop the route. It is possible to rappel west to the base of Adaptive Expectations or east into the Central Gully. When rappelling back into the Central Gully, there are two options. If you rappel to the top of Rational Expectations, it will take 3 more raps to reach the creek. If you rappel to the top of Snickerdoodle, it will take 2 more raps to reach the creek (although ropes have been known to get stuck when pulling from Snickerdoodle).

Protection 

4 bolts (1/2" Rawls), 2 bolt anchor with rappel rings (Fixe Triplex bolts)


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The spacious belay at the base of "Seven Step...
The spacious belay at the base of "Seven Step...
Eric Gaulden nears the top of Seven Steps to Heave...
Eric Gaulden nears the top of Seven Steps to Heave...
Jesse Groves nears the summit of Seven Steps to He...
Jesse Groves nears the summit of Seven Steps to He...
Jesse Groves climbs through the crux of Seven Step...
Jesse Groves climbs through the crux of Seven Step...
Romain Wacziarg climbs Seven Steps to Heaven at th...
Romain Wacziarg climbs Seven Steps to Heaven at th...
Desiree took her first leader fall on this pitch! ...
Desiree took her first leader fall on this pitch! ...
Romain & Alberto on the stunning summit of "S...
Romain & Alberto on the stunning summit of "S...
Doug (belaying) and Bill on Seven Steps to Heaven,...
Doug (belaying) and Bill on Seven Steps to Heaven,...

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By John Knight
Jan 19, 2011

After climbing "Magali's" & Top Roping "Rational Expectations", we ran out of time and did not climb "Seven Steps". Looking forward to checking it out next time I'm there. Looks like a fun, cool summit.
By Alex Bury
From: Ojai, CA
Apr 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I think the summit block is the best part of Spontaneous Order/Seven Steps. Such a good position, and an opportunity to get the "spire top" vibe that is rare in the padres.