BETA PHOTO: Strone Crag. Belay from the pine trees. When you...
The Strone Crag is a north-facing wall on the Standard Ridge. It is split by a left-facing corner and there is a large roof band on the right side.
It is cool and somewhat shady in the early morning. The approach requires scrambling, so don't expect to wait in line to climb this excellent rock.
All routes can be descended with one 60 meter rope.
Aerial overview here.
The Strone Crag is between Challenge Buttress and the Narcolepsy Area.
The Ruckman guide recommends the Narcolepsy approach followed by an eastern traverse and subsequent scrambling. Unfortunately, the rock is mostly broken, flaky shale that had more vegetation than I cared to deal with.
I preferred our descent route: Approach as for the Challenge Buttress North and West Faces. Climb up the talus slope until you reach a trail that angles up and to the right towards a narrow buttress with two large pines. Pass between the buttress and pines and head up the gully.
Some scrambling is required to reach the belay ledge. There are slings at the base of a tree on the belay ledge for an easier descent.
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|By Andrew Gram|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 10, 2011
We hiked way the hell up the loose gully between the Strone Crag and Challenge Buttress before we realized the right turn is almost immediately after passing Hollow Man before any rock is encountered on the right.
|By John Steiger|
Aug 26, 2012
Given the activity at Strone Crag since 2006 when this page was posted, I think it’s fair to say that the page is mostly out of date. The large roof band that Ryan notes is not on the right-side of the crag, but actually more in the center, with five routes to the left of it, one over it, and at least six routes to the right of it. All the routes from Orbital Decay to Starstruck stay in the shade until at least noon. The routes on the left side, Rear-View Mirrors, Major Tom, Le Rap, and Wealth of Nations, come into the sun mid-morning (10am-ish) but go into the shade by mid-afternoon.
The best approach – by far (trust me) – to all the routes on the north face of Strone Crag is from Challenge Buttress. (Standard Ridge, which takes in part of Strone Crag, begins on a separate buttress below and east of Strone). 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). 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 and soon reaches the right-end of the ledge system from which all the routes start. The start of the ledge system was cairned as of this writing. 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.
By the way, Dana apparently named this crag; Strone is Scottish Gaelic for nose.
May 3, 2013
You want to know how to get there? Read the second paragraph of John S.' comment. Seriously, that description is perfect and easy to follow, thank you sir!