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Second Stanza 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 250'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: John Lawrence, Chuck Sproull - 1968. FFA: Bob Mitchell, Steve Longenecker, Roy Davis - 1970
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Submitted By: Sam Adams on Oct 24, 2008

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Description 

Funky opening moves into large corner and stacked overhangs.

P1 - Climb a left-facing flake to a ledge. 5.6, 50'
P2 - Continue up a wide corner to a belay stance below a roof. 5.7, 70'
P3 - Move up left to a notch in the roof; pull the roof and continue up and right to the tree ledge of My Route. 5.8+, 60'
P4 - Finish on the last pitch of My Route. 5.4, 40'

Location 

North side of Table Rock; starts on a ledge at the top of a gully about 200' right of Cave Route.

Protection 

Standard Table Rock rack; some big gear is needed on P2.


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The route's crux roof.  Lots of fun and exposure.
The route's crux roof. Lots of fun and exposure.
P2's fun, easy, technical corner chimney.
P2's fun, easy, technical corner chimney.

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By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Jun 8, 2009

If you can ignore the sandbag, this is the best multi at Table Rock. Each pitch is so unique with good pro. All of the pitches are exciting and worth doing. Much better than its neighbor White Lightning.
By Coz Teplitz
From: Watertown, MA
Jun 15, 2009

I disagree that this is better than White Lightning. Pitches 1 and 3 feature awkward, often dirty climbing, the last pitch is really just the last pitch of My Route, and, as you said, the crux move is way harder than 5.8, making the route inconsistent. White Lightning, to my mind, has interesting moves all the way until you start the traverse on P2, and has rock of generally better quality.

Acknowledging that every person will be attracted to different things in routes, I'll say this: if you climb 5.8, climb both and decide yourself.
By ziggy
Nov 17, 2009

good route. 1st pitch felt as hard as the second. Make sure you are up for the task before tackling the first pitch, definitely some no-fall zones up there (maybe not ground fall, but an ugly fall all the same). The fixed gear that protects the crux on pitch 3 seems sketchy, I would back it up.
By J-Wright
May 2, 2011

Climbed 5/1/2011. Linked #1&2 easily with a 70m. Had a blast - each pitch seems stiff for it's grade. Fixed pin still in situ at p3 crux, but I wouldn't (didn't) bother clipping it. My fav route @ table so far.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Aug 29, 2011

You can also do the first pitch of On Misty's Edge (5.9 P1) to the P1 ledge of Second Stanza. This is a much more aesthetic start, but harder. Takes better pro than the normal P1. This starts just to the right of Second Stanza in a shallow left facing corner.
By Rick Carpenter
From: Banner Elk, NC
Aug 2, 2013

hahaha yeah this is not 5.8+! Still a fun-ish route, I'd start on mistys edge but why not finish on it as well. Second is a very fun lead w the direct start though.
By Chris Massey
Sep 21, 2013

Climbed White Lighting and Second Stanza back to back last weekend to see for myself. Both great routes, but for my money WL is the better of the two. SS would be better if it got a little more traffic to clean it up. Agree that crux move it at least 9+ or 10-. Clipped, pulled, hung, and then pulled thru.
By Jackson vermeulen
Apr 6, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I agree that the 3rd pitch roof is sandbagged at 5.8+, but once you find the right holds it's not too bad. All the other moves felt significantly easier.

I linked the 2nd and 3rd pitches for one excellent long pitch of corner and roof climbing with great exposure. Double ropes were very nice for this as rope drag is definitely an issue.
By Curtis Baird
May 23, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

This route is definitely sandbagged. Both the first and second pitches felt 5.8 to me and the third pitch crux felt like a solid 5.10a roof. Funky moves with interesting climbing on each pitch. Larger pieces can be used on P1 and P2 but are not necessary if you don't mind a bit of runout. There are two fixed nuts at the P1 belay. Overall this is a great route but not for someone who is just starting to lead 5.8s. All trad so difficult to rap if you don't want to continue. If your comfortable with leading some weird moves and a awesome roof it's worth doing!
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