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Stepping Stone 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Rob Robinson, Pat Perrin, 1986
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Submitted By: Rob Dillon on Dec 31, 2006

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upper arete


Stepping Stone is the arete to the right of Golden Gloves/Precious Orr.

Begin to the right of the arete by popping over a low roof and sketching upwards on tenuous face moves, hoping to prevent a seemingly imminent groundfall with judicious insertion of the dinky stuff until security arrives up and left in the form of some thank-your-deity-of-choice juglets. Easy and well-protected ground leads to a committing situation on the arete, at which point you'll want to begin channelling your inner sport-climber and fire for the top like you mean it. Good pro is there for the taking, but it'll cost you some burn time on those forearms...


Ringbolts at the top make it really easy to pull the rope and ensure your partner the same character-building experience. They'll thank you, later.


The usual stuff. A #7 HB offset can deckproof the downstairs business, but who carries those?

Photos of Stepping Stone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: so french
so french
Rock Climbing Photo: Above the dinky stuff approaching the pumpy stuff....
Above the dinky stuff approaching the pumpy stuff....

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By bbrock
From: Al
Jan 26, 2008

Excellent route description. This is one of the best single pitches you will do anywhere. Place your pro well on the bottom section.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Oct 24, 2011

Save brown tri-cam or red metolius up high for that crazy little pod. You can definitely get about three nuts in at the crux. Offset brass, steel, and stoppers work great.
By Chad Namolik
From: California
Mar 2, 2015

A purple metolius protects the opening slab moves pretty well.
By Wei-Ming
From: Atlanta, GA
Oct 12, 2015

Phenomenal route with some great exposure. One of the best routes I've done here!

Not sure what the route description meant about firing the top with your inner sport climber - I found it to be pretty thought provoking and needed to take my time. Also if you have some energy to burn whilst on route, I highly recommend savoring the position about mid-height!

Don't know about carrying up tri-cams but the dinky little nuts beta I agree with.

Regardless, you'll probably have the most fun if you're solid at 5.10 on-sight at the T-Wall when you "step" up to Stepping Stone! :-)

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