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Baby Steps 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II ZA: 8 British: D 2c [details]
FA: Kayla Anderson, 2004
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: socalbolter on Jan 1, 2005

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SierraSlacks on her first lead climb. 10 years old...

Description 

This route is found on the Baby Steps Face. This is directly behind Finley Crack and is actually the other half of that rock. This is the right of two bolted routes. A great route for beginning leaders.

Protection 

4 bolts to a double ring anchor


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Kellen, age 6, leads Baby Steps
Kellen, age 6, leads Baby Steps
Lisa Ellis - Belayer. John Kent Leader. Lisa also lead this route. Rock face appears recent (_ 1 Yr? since fracture by rock above). Bolts appear to be 1/4 button head (bad) - 1st bolt bent under hanger. After 1st lead I walked up route (no hands). Rating is therefore high (maybe 5.0). Weathering will increase rating significantly over time quickly.
Lisa Ellis - Belayer. John Kent Leader. Lisa also ...
Baby Steps Face
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By Tan Slacks
From: Joshua tree
Dec 22, 2005
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

I am giving this route 2 stars with a caveat. It is a route for children. Kids will have a blast on this face. Mine did. Thank you Kayla and family for such a fun place to take my daughter.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Sep 28, 2006
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

5.2 is closer to right! A great FIRST LEAD for the kids...
By Hardluck
Jun 14, 2009

This is a great area for kids learning to lead, indeed. However, despite this route's name, this is not a great area for babies. The difficult approach and lack of safe, flat ground around the base made it unsuitable for our 15-month-old to hang out with the whole family. Send the toddlers on a nearby hike with a parent while you check this face out.

The easiest approach is the gully to the right of Iceberg Boulder. Take a left at the top of the boulder and squeeze through a corridor between the rocks.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Dec 13, 2009
rating: 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b

It may be a fine training ground for the wee ones, but this isn't technical rock climbing (5th class). I can't see how anyone with experience in the area would list this as a 5.5 at Jtree. I walked up it in tennis shoes without using my hands.
By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Nov 8, 2013

Does anyone know the history of this route and Girl Power? The top anchors look like aging, sketchy button-heads, yet the routes are listed as having FAs done in 2004. Are the lead bolts on the face modern hardware?