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This fine spire is simply stellar. Although a bit breezy at times, North east and western exposures allow comfortable climbing conditions depending on the weather. The elevation makes this area climable during the summer months only. Crisp rock, great lines and fantastic positions makes this a great destination for advanced climbers.
Follow the apprroach as for the Upper Crystal Springs Area, allow 45 minutes. For the east side routes walk left along the catwalk that leaves the large boulder barrier. For the West Side routes go straight up past the large boulder barrier on the left and up the talus gully for about 100 feet(large cairn). A trail and rock steps to the left lead to a large ledge below the west side of the Steeple.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Steeple:
Regular Route 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Trad, 260'
The Sail 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad, 115'
The East Face of The Steeple 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad, 320'
West Corner 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 320'
The Center Route 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
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Regular Route 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : The Steeple
This classic route follows the most prominent corner system on the west side of The Steeple. The first pitch although less than memorable, redeems itself before the anchor below the fantastic second pitch. Savor the incredible second pitch's thin hand jams The final squeeze chimney pitch deposits one on an exposed summit stand on top and bust the "Christ Redeemer Move"...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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