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This three pitch route follows a series of corners on the West side of the Steeple. Pitch 1 Start on the large ledge below the first pitch of the Regular route. Climb the easy step approach past the hand-crack and through the trees and up and left towards a pair of right leaning ramps. Go right on the first ramp system and traverse r under a dirty arch. (Extra long runners) Sketch up the orange and black right-facing corner past a couple of pins and some small gear. Work right along good foot and hand holds ot a stance below a left facing corner that ends on a scree covered ledge. Climb the short corner to the ledge, and go straight back then rightup a blocky area to a tree anchor.40ft,5.10a Pitch 2. Climb the clean, steep, left-facing corner directly above the tree belay ledge. This pitch although short, is pumpy.50 ft. 5.10d. Belay from bolts on a sloping ledge system, below a short corner and roof crack(The Mad Hatter5.11b). Pitch 3. From the bolted anchor, below the left-facing, leaning corner, step right and climb the right-leaning ramp/corner, past a steep section where the crack "jogs" to the right. Punch straight up to the right side of a large ledge, sling a knob and step onto the easy featured face to the right, past a large spike to the larger summit top. Lower left(north) to the large ledge and two-bolt anchor of the Regular route. 100 ft. 5.10b
The route begins below the Regular route on the west side of the Steeple. Descend by rappleling the Regular route.
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The Regular Route and The West Corner of The Steep...