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Strone Crag is the large, mostly north-facing wall between Challenge Buttress to the east and the Narcolepsy area to the west. As far as I can tell, at least up until 1979, when John Gottman published his guide “Wasatch Quartzite,” the crag was apparently known only as the “Standard Ridge,” after the long moderate climb that catches the top of the cliff from its lowest point, across the talus field from the West Face of Challenge Buttress. (Standard Ridge is posted on a different page, as if it is a separate crag; I suggest that we use the name “Standard Ridge” to refer only to the route, and move it under Strone Crag, as its eastern- or left-most route.)
The approach to all the routes is from Challenge Buttress. From the road, walk the well-trod Challenge Buttress trail to where it splits, then take the path to the right (the trail left goes to Challenge’s East Face). After 40 or so feet, the trail splits again; stay to the right (going left leads to Challenge’s North and West Faces). For all routes except the Standard Ridge, continue along this trail for maybe 200 feet to its end at a scree and boulder gully, where a steeper trail can be gained that ascends the right-side of the gully. The trail is easily followed, and soon reaches the right-end of the ledge system from which all the routes start except for Standard Ridge. The start of the ledge system was cairned as of this writing. This may sound complicated, but it isn’t; it’ll take about ten minutes to get from the road to Starstruck, the first route encountered on the ledge system – that is, unless you’re a flatlander.
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Starstruck 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 220'
Wealth of Nations 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Minotaur 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Cost of Business 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Creaking Plank 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Kiss the Sky 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Major Tom 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 75'
Le Rap Et Tap 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
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