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Routes in Stepping Stones

Contortionist's Pleasure T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cruisin for Neo's T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
El Barrio V8-9 7B+
El Gallito S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Gravel Pilot T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Magie Noire S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pinche Guey S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Qu├ębec Connection T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stepping Stones T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Turkey Neck Direct S,TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unknown S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown Variation S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Warlock Pinche S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Warlock Pinchers S,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Elevation: 7,632 ft
GPS: 39.987, -105.438 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Stepping Stones is the crag at the west end of Nip and Tuck. It has a cobblestoned southwest face with one old route, also called Stepping Stones. The East Tower is inconspicuous, barely noticeable from the road, but harbors two nice routes on granite with great friction. El Barrio is a good bouldering area.

L->R (best guess):

A. Contortionist's Pleasure, 9, 1p, 30', bolts & gear.
BA. Unknown, 9, 1p, 35', bolts.
C. Unknown Variation, 10-, 1p, 35', bolts.
D. Turkey Neck Direct, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
E. El Gallito, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
F1. Pinche Guey, 12, 1p, 45', bolts.
F2. Magie Noire, 11, 1p, 40' bolts.
GF. Warlock Pinchers, 12-, 1p, 42', bolts.
H. Quebec Connection, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
I. El Barrio, V8, pad.
J. Stepping Stones, 7, 1p, 120', gear.
K1. Cruisin' For Neo's, 10+, 1p, gear.
K2. Gravel Pilot, 9 R, 1p, gear.
L. Barney Rubble Pile?, 11, 1p, gear.
M. How Would We Know?, 6 A2, 1p?, gear.

Getting There

It's 10.5 miles from the start of the canyon, on the right side in the middle of a turn to the right. Parking is limited directly underneath, but there is parking further along. This picture is looking East.

You can also park and Nip and Tuck and walk up the road to the guard rail, and cross the guard rail to get to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Stepping Stones

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V8-9 7B+
El Barrio
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Magie Noire
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pinche Guey
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
El Barrio
V8-9 7B+ Boulder
Magie Noire
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Pinche Guey
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Anyone know anything about the bolted routes towards the northern end of this crag? They weren't great, but I'd still like to know ratings/names. Feb 28, 2002
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
Rossiter mentions a "stepping stones" path to the crag, implying that the crag is named after this path. If you cross the road about dead center in the photo above you will find a path to the crag with stones embedded in the ground. I thought the crag was named "Stepping Stones" due to its corrugated look. Sep 1, 2004
Kevin Neilson
Kevin Neilson   Boulder
Nice area, albeit with a lot of road noise. A ridge to the west means that sunset comes early. Sep 25, 2008
jparvis   Lakewood
Rock is not as solid here compared to many other crags in Boulder Canyon. (I think this is why it forms the 'stepping stones' look.) Just be careful and check holds, even larger blocks. I pulled out a football-sized chunk low on Controtionist's/Unknown (won't change the route, though), and some nice boulders cushioned my fall. There was loose stuff at the top, too. The holds can seem solid, because all wedged in the rough granite grit, but sometimes it's just the gritty crystals and some mud keeping them in place. Jun 6, 2012
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
Maybe come here when you have climbed out Boulder Canyon to death and have no new routes to climb. Thankfully I did every route on the wall, so I don't have to come back. Sorry, guys. It's just not that great of a crag.... Nov 4, 2012

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