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Stepping Out 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Les Hutchison
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Dec 19, 2010

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A combination of crack and flake climbing keeps Stepping Out consistently interesting. The first 30' or so will probably get your attention.

Starting at an obvious hueco, climb a hand/fist crack about 12' to a spacious ledge. From the ledge, move up through a finger crack another 15' or so; protect well to avoid a ledge fall. When the crack peters out at a smaller ledge, move up and right to a flake system that will take you to the top.


Off limits.


Mostly small to medium gear; a #3 Camalot or equivalent will come in handy for the opening crack. Bolted anchors.

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By Jason Watts
From: Boulder,CO
Dec 13, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

awkward move down low before little ledge. Then another awkward move around the tree. Bring a knife to clean the briars off after the first send of the day...
By bernard
From: birmingham, al
May 24, 2013

Another Steele classic
By Lyle Dean
Nov 30, 2014

This is a Tommy Taylor/Graham Wilson and possibly Dr. Joe Sherrill route done some time before 1973. the route was originally done in two short pitches. There was a rawl quarter inch button head bolt on the ledge by a small pine tree where the belay was. From there the route followed the line of least resistance to the top. At sometime a few years later a more difficult finish was established which went more direct from the old belay stance. Can't really remember a date or who did the direct finish first but it's quite possible it was Les.
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