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BETA PHOTO: Smoking Stems. Challenging trad route.
The crux depends on which local you ask. I think the last 15 feet are the crux while others feel the roof start is it. Climb it and decide for yourself.
It is a beautiful, right-facing corner with great rock and moves. As the name suggests, it has lots of stemming. The FA was done to the top before the chains.
This is 150 feet past Chocolate Corner, just left of ascent/descent gully. It is very obvious from trail. The area at bottom of the climb is known as base camp.
There is a fixed piton in roof at start, then use small to medium cams & stoppers to chain anchors. The piton was placed during an aid ascent circa 1999.
|Comments on Smokin' Stems
Jul 18, 2011
Thanks to Jason Lombard for installing the chain anchors.