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This is a stellar route! The Sting climbs an independent line immediately to the left of the beginning hand crack of Gamesmanship.
The climber has a choice to either begin the first 6 feet of Gamesmanship and step to the left trending crack of the Sting, or alternately and possibly a little harder, one can begin on small crimps directly below the beginning of the left-angling crack. Despite the chosen launching off point, you will encounter a tricky traverse followed by mitt-swallowing jams up a tremendous crack. You'll encounter a very brief off-hands section; however, a couple of #3 Camalots can help ease off-width-itis.
The route ends on the Sting Traverse Ledge at a bolted anchor threaded with some webbing and quick links. (Note: This anchor should be replaced!)
100 feet to the right of the Positive Thinking clearing is a pair of cracks. The Sting is the lefthand crack that traverses out to the left.
A full rack with doubles from green to yellow Camalot sizes. An assortment of smaller gear with some RPs is welcomed.
|By Dan G0D5H411|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 12, 2009
For an added bit of fun climbing, don't traverse left to the ledge/anchors. Keep heading up and traverse right across the face towards Gamesmanship, passing a flake with a fixed stopper. Finish on the last 20 feet of gamesmanship. We used a 70m rope to rap off the first pitch of Gamesmanship, but not sure if that was neccessary or not.
|By Greg Kuchyt|
Aug 3, 2010
There is a 5.9 start variation a few feet to the left of the shared start with Gamesmanship. Make a couple bouldery moves up the face to a few incut buckets and gain the traverse. This is a good way to start the route if there is a party on P1 of Gamesmanship.
|By Eli Kramer|
From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 23, 2010
I also recommend the 5.9 start. Fun moves.
|By Simon Thompson|
From: New Paltz, NY
Nov 24, 2011
The Sting and Gamesmanship are maybe the two best 5.8s I've climbed in the park and it's just SO convenient that they are right next to each other.