Stairway to Heaven
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Originally i was a little upset at this route cause it crosses over an historic climb (Wendell's Route 5.6) adding a bolt to an otherwise exciting section... Now having climbed the offending route i feel it's justified and worth while... more so, it's super fun!
Climb the corner above the anchor on the ledge... take a rest on a roomy ledge before getting cruxy with it... Climb the steep tight corner using all my favorite tricks, Kneebars, chimneying and even fingerlocks and handjams... Another rest above the corner leads to a final headwall involving a huge flake and a trick last move...
A great visit to this section would be to climb Charity Case 5.9 to the ledge... Take a run on this route and finish up by climbing the hidden jewel High Roller 5.11c.... enjoy...
Start at the base of Free Bird (5.11b) at a 2 bolt anchor (above Charity Case 5.9).... follow bolts a up a corner...
12 bolts to anchor...
|Comments on Stairway to Heaven
Jun 17, 2010
This is a cool, exposed, and varied route that definitely deserves to see more traffic. We approached from the left, via the first part of the first pitch of Rock du Jours. Leave that route at the obvious, broken, vegetated ledge that traverses right (along your way there is a big block you can sling before passing a small bush/tree at the grassy foot ledge that leads to a single bolt, then over to the 2-bolt anchor below Stairway to Heaven). The first few bolt hangers on the route are rust/red colored. Go straight up past tricky moves to easier ground before the obvious, overhanging, left-facing crack/corner. Long runners on the 3rd and 5th bolts (right before entering the corner) help reduce the drag. The corner is burly and is a distinct crux. Here you'll use your hand jam, layback, and body jam techniques, as well as a good dose of power and confidence! Easier face climbing leads to a final crux moving from the last bolt to the anchor. Enjoy the view, you've earned it! Two stars.
Feb 28, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
I am very proud of this route. It required many snow-covered trips around to the top, and long solo scrubbing sessions. I tried to keep the bolts away from Wendell's Route as much as I could, and not make a hard clip. Great route, stuning location. I wish more people would climb it.
|By Jeffrey LeCours|
From: New Hampshire
Mar 1, 2011
This is a great route Chris :) Thanks!
|By S. Neoh|
Jun 19, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
I did this today and enjoyed it a lot. It is not free of lichen but, hey, nothing is better than some 'adventure' climbing (no chalk except near the finish) with lots of bolts. In fact, I ran short near the top and had to do some back cleaning to get draws for the anchors. A shoulder-length sling for the third bolt and a LONG draw for the last will keep rope drag manageable. Don't repeat what happened to me - heinous drag and had to back clean to get more draws and reduce drag.
Really fun and gets you really high up on Main Cliff but be warned - if you hated every foot of Smokestack, you will not like this climb.
Also, this climb follows the left-trending bolt line towards Rock du Jours Direct; do not hang a right after the third bolt. Use a 60m rope.
Definitely 2.5 star route. Thanks Chris for the enormous amount of work, we saw lots of scars where you had removed loose flakes.
|By Chris Duca|
From: Havertown, PA
Nov 5, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
What a tremendous route! Climbed it today for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed the chimney/flake/corner, not to mention the unnervingly hollow flakes near the top. Definitely needs for traffic to clean it up.
|By Harrison Harb|
From: Newmarket, NH
Oct 24, 2012
can't say enough about this route, one of my favs in the 5.10 range for sure. def needs more traffic...
|By Andrea Charest|
Nov 11, 2012
Such a hidden gem! Somehow I had completely overlooked this section of the cliff until today. Charity Case is a great start, then just continue up left to the higher anchor on the ledge. Interesting moves, rock seems to be cleaning up from previous comments.