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Silver Stage 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches, 600', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Rex Wolters (and others?)
Season: Summer & Early Fall
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Submitted By: Lee Frazer on Jun 11, 2009

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Jeff following second pitch. Animas River below. ...


This is a decent climb on wide slab/ramp RIGHT of the Gold Rush ice climb. It is well-protected and in a beautiful location. There is some loose rock on pitches 3 & 4. (I don't suggest climbing under other parties.)

Silver Stage starts on right side of slab; it goes for 3 pitches up slab; the fourth pitch works its way up buttress above slab.

Pitch 1 - 5.10c.

Pitch 2 - 5.8/9.

Pitch 3 - 5.8/9 R. This goes up a Class 3 gully (2 bolts) to short 8-10' section of 5.8/9 (2 bolts, 1 spinner) to large car size ledge - anchor's on the right side of ledge.

Pitch 4 - 5.9. From the ledge, the climb traverses right for 20', then up dihedral for 100'. It is exposed and beautiful (maybe the coolest pitch). There is loose rock in spots.

Descent: 3 rappels (with two 60 m ropes).

Given the altitude and remoteness, this climb should not be treated like a sport climb at the local 50' crag:

- Temps can change quickly up here, so dress accordingly.
- Loose rock is prevalent on pitches 3-4. Therefore, helmets are a must.

This is Grade II for experienced multi-pitch climbers and Grade III for others (which is the original rating).

Protection / Equipment 

Well-bolted. 12 draws. Helmets. Two 60 meter ropes. Layers for temperature changes. Climb is in a tight canyon w/ limited sun.

Photos of Silver Stage Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of first pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Start of first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: View from top of first pitch.
View from top of first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climb starts from where I'm standing.  The 5.9 is ...
Climb starts from where I'm standing. The 5.9 is ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessica leading pitch 4.
Jessica leading pitch 4.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the second pitch.
Looking down at the second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Gold Rush climbs. Note the left-leaning ra...
BETA PHOTO: View of Gold Rush climbs. Note the left-leaning ra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Me moving up pitch 3.
Me moving up pitch 3.

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By tyler88
From: Durango, CO
Sep 12, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Quality, quality route. This can be done safely with a single 70m rope with a tactical rap using one intermediate station on Five Card Draw. You also must down-climb the last five feet to the ground. Two ropes might just be worth it.... Anyways, great route!
By S.Mckinna
From: CaƱon City, CO
Jul 14, 2011

The first rappel is pretty wild!

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