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The Bastille - W Face
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Stem Gem 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Alex Shainman, Spring 2000
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BETA PHOTO: Stem Gem crux section
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20 feet of tricky stemming and palming is the business on this obscure, yet obvious, corner on the West Face of The Bastille. Directly left of the crux of Blind Faith and right of the OW on West Chimney is a right-facing, right-leaning, short corner. Start up the wide crack of Blind Faith and solo (sparse pro) left to the bottom of the dihedral on loose rock (5.6). Stem up the corner using good body language, with good pro! Exit the top of the corner on the left and run it out to the ledge on slightly loose flakes (5.6+).

In all, 3 star moves on 20' of good rock separated by choss.... Fun nevertheless and it goes to show you can't leave any rock unturned.

This route can be led onsight by a competent climber.

  • It is quite possible that this is a line that Eric Doub top-roped in the late 70s.


Small TCUs/Aliens, sm/med wireds, #1.5 + #2 Friends.

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the dihedral left of the crux on Blind Faith ->  Stem Gem
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By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 15, 2007

Did this on a TR to check it out. The crux for me involved a single digit first knuckle jam to surmount the dihedral. Interesting.

my Gear beta: BD .75, 2 x #4 stoppers, #8 stopper, and slung flake
(plus whatever gear you prefer to reach the start of the dihedral on easy but runnout terrain)