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Stepping Out 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: R. Olevsky
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Submitted By: triznuty on Nov 30, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the first pitch crack. Looks sweet!


The route was originally done in 4 pitches, but most pitches are short. It was very enjoyable to combined pitches 2, 3, and 4 together making this a great 2 pitcher. This is what I'm basing my description on. Once you step out on to the arete of the 2nd pitch the exposure is on! Hence the name I believe..

Pitch 1: Thin crack with a cruxy bulge to get passed. Protects well with small to medium gear. Also has 1 DP for the start.

Pitch 2: Step out onto the arete and follow the drilled pitons. I don't remember how many I clipped combining the pitches, but I'd say 8+ DP's. Quality slab climbing! Look down every once in a while to take in the views..

Rap off the South side of the ledge down in the chimney. 2 raps get you back down.


Tier 2 of Island in the Sky: SAND DUNES AREA. Same approach as to Leopard Skin or Gratitude.


1 DP and medium to small gear for the first pitch. And then 10+ DP's for pitch 2.

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