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Stairway to Kevin 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Todd Gordon, Cyndie Bransford, Jim Angione, Randy Vogel & Kevin Powell, 1993
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2002

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Stairway to Kevin (5.8), Joshua Tree. Photo by Gre...


About 150' right of Tiers for Fears are several left-slanting crack systems. This climb takes a prominent rib on a face left of and in front of those slanting cracks. Gear belay and scramble off down and right.

This is one of the easier routes in the area and features fun, well-protected climbing in a scenic, remote location.


5 bolts (1/4"), pro to 3" for anchors

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Magazine cover boy Rico Miledi on the crux.
Magazine cover boy Rico Miledi on the crux.
John Jenkins following Stairway to Kevin (5.8), Jo...
John Jenkins following Stairway to Kevin (5.8), Jo...

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By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Oct 27, 2003

Short and sweet.......fun and easy. Go off route to the right, run it out and beef up the rating a bit to make it more of a challenge. No bolts or pro off route and a deck for sure. I do not advise to do it off route it is just how we did it.
By D. Evans
From: Tustin, California
Nov 9, 2009

Possible Gordo sandbag. Three of us did it yesterday and called it 5.10. Maybe holds have broken off, it is still a bit crunchy.
By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Nov 10, 2009

Quite possible (Great Epperson shot too!)...
By Richard Shore
Jan 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Every other bolt (2 and 4) is garbage. The crux is convincing yourself they will hold a fall on this sandbagged route. Solid 5.9, maybe harder.
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