This is a mixed route.
The route begins on a gray slabby portion of rock that begins with a thin crack/seam feature and is sprinkled with solution pockets and erosional features. There is a dirt filled trough immediately right of this slab. The opening slab feature ends at a ledge approx 25 feet off the ground. The second part of the route steepens and follows up blocky holds through a short, overhanging. From the ledge above this continue on thing edges and nicely formed hold through a steeper section of blond-ish stone. Route finishes on edges and nicely sculpted holds at a knob-like feature at the top of the arete.
The route's quality is obviously impacted by the ledge that segments it, nonetheless a worthy outing for the grade and decently tall. For regular Steele visitors, you'll be suprised there was anything worthwhile in this area. (The unnamed 5.9 right of Wrangler is approx. 50 yards past (left) this route)
presently the approach trail arrives at the cliff just to the right of Wolf Wall. A large, free standing stone column or fin is to the right (west) of Wolf Wall. Walk approx. 50-60 yards beyond the boulder jumble that is below the stone fin that is adjacent to (left of) Wolf Wall (got all that). Just as the low wall you are walking adjacent to ends and you round the corner, look up at the gray slab and cleaner sandstone arete feature above you. The route is here.
Just past this location is a tall, slabby, vegetation infested wall that typically has water seeps here and there throughout it
Four bolts plus trad gear. Light rack...advise 2-4 cams from #1 metolius to #1 BD. Some small nuts as well. Finish anchors are in place.
Careful in the dirty gully when lowering.
|By sammy raviv|
Feb 1, 2012
Gorgeous white sandstone the last 20 or so feet. Fun moves!! Very T Wall-esque. Too bad the whole route is not like the last 20 feet or it would be classic. Great views looking cliff line south.