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BETA PHOTO: Shows the second pitch. Optional 11a direct throug...
Right of the SCC boundary, Golden Arches is a Steele classic and one of the last climbable routes on the cliffline.
Climb a bucketed, poorly protected face to a crack through a bulge. Pull this onto a nice, flat ledge, protect the 2nd, move right, and belay in the corner.
Alternately, climb the thinly protected corner, directly below the arch above, at 10+.
From the right end of the ledge, climb the inverted staircase up, left, up, left, etc...until you pull up into the bushes. Belay.
Find something to rap off of.
Can be done in one pitch with wise rope management.
Standard Steele Rack
By sammy raviv
Apr 14, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
I believe Golden Arches goes 5.9, not 5.9-. Just sayin!!
By Lyle Dean
Nov 30, 2014
After a few tries in about 1976 or 77 I completed this route with Kip Simmons and my brother Herm Dean. Because this part of the wall was so impressive the name Golden Arches was a take on Royal Arches in Yosemite.