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Direct (right) start to Magie Noire
, with four bolts, joining Magie Noire
over the lip of the prow/jutting roof feature. This is the eighth route in from the left, or second from the right.
I put the first bolt so you can stand on the ground and clip it to protect the opening moves. Use this, or use it to auger up and pre-clip the second, or skip this and just clip the second. Choose your own adventure....
Boulder, shouldery, on nice blue-and-black rock reminiscent of the Winchester Cave at Rifle.
Right side of the Stepping Stones sport crag.
7 bolts plus two-bolt anchors.
By Kevin Neilson
Sep 25, 2008
The crux is low (at the 2nd bolt) and thereafter the difficulty eases considerably. Getting off the ground may be hard for the short; at 6'1", I could just reach the starting crimper; others will have to use poor intermediates with poor feet. The crux moves are interesting; look for the hard-to-see R sidepull right of bolt 2. A modified kneebar (more like a knee sidepull) may help exiting the crux. Clearing the roof is fun but much easier than the crux grade.