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|Consensus: ||5.11- [details]|
|FA: ||E. Barrett, G. Connor, Dave Stam, 1978. FFA: Dick Richardson and friends, 1979.|
|Submitted By: ||Blitzo on Oct 19, 2006|
Mike moves toward the crux on a beautiful spring d...
Start in a prominent, left facing, corner, right of "Fear of Flying". Climb up this corner, undercling left at a small roof, continue up, undercling left at a big roof (5.11a) to a belay with two bolts.
Continue up face.
Pro to 3".
Cool stems in the dihedral.
wear a helmet
|Comments on Steppin' Stone
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 23, 2008
A pretty fun route but felt more like .11b to me. This is a really interesting climb because it has several different styles of climbing.
|By Eric Barrett|
From: Spokane, WA
Oct 24, 2008
Wow! Fun to see this route as the "Featured Route" on the Mtn Project home page. I'm listed as the FA guy when in fact I only did the FA of the first pitch. Never did get back and get any higher. Dick Richardson and friend (maybe Malcolm Jolly?) went up and pushed the upper face which was inspirational for the time. Neat memories!
|By Ol' Toby|
Feb 8, 2009
The first pitch offers two distinct, technical .11- cruxes, separated by an airy rest. Thin gear in the dihedral, off-finger to protect the undercling. Paste the feet and go. Superb.
|By Monica Jones|
Jun 13, 2010
Placed way too much gear in the roof at my first lead attempt out of fear and pumped off it. I only placed two pieces in the roof the second time around and got it. Seems harder than 11a to onsight.
|By Peter Valchev|
Apr 29, 2013
My favorite route at the Spires that I've done so far (well, that and Candyland!) Came back for a second time and this time did the second pitch...
I wondered: has someone led the first pitch without cams? The first ascent being in the late 70's, I imagine they have? That seems truly incredible, I'd love to hear stories of those early ascents. Personally, I placed 4 pieces under the roof, and couldn't imagine futzing with anything but cams there...
The lower stemming section was also quite memorable, and lots of fun - hard moves are followed by decent rests in the lower part.
Second pitch - nothing too scary but definitely some thin slab moves needed in a couple of sections to connect the knobs. Trickier and more sustained than it looks from below, I found that pitch much less straightforward and in a way, harder.
Altogether these two pitches combine into one sweet and memorable line!