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Elevation: 9,538 ft 2,907 m
GPS: 39.25819, -105.10033
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
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The STARCASTLE is the highest crag on the hill in the Devil's Head climbing area, and the one sporting the most obvious turret-like crags that look from a distance like the spines on the Devil's head. Overall, it is a little less steep than The Red Wall and tends to run into a bit more moderate climbing. The Starcastle also presents several brilliant cracks that are largely done on trad gear, so don't forget to bring the trad rack. All of the routes can be done with a 60m rope, but most are right on at 90ft or so. The largely vertical face climbing is on good alligator edges, although some big corners and some small roofs, and overlaps await. Many of the FAs on the Starcastle are difficult or impossible to identify. Once again, the whole Head Crew was hard in action simultaneously on most of the routes. Tod Anderson, Tom Hanson, Richard Wright, and Rich Magill spun in most of the bolts, while Tom Hanson battled incrementally up the trad cracks, cleaning as he went.

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From the Zinn Overlook, take a faint trail to the right, through the woods for 100ft or so. Then head directly up hill by a very indistinct trail. You want to hit the main yellow wall above on the right side to avoid the large blocks in the talus field below. As you negotiate your way left (South) down the Starcastle, you will first encounter Scott Sill's "Pig's Nose" (a fine line) on a separate turret. Further down hill and on the next turret you come to Alan Nelson's trad crack "Silver Winds" (also good, but lacking a top anchor). Scramble over some large blocks and at one point down-climbing a fixed rope for 15 ft. The routes begin before the rope descent and continue Southward along the face and downhill. A rough map can be found in "The Devil Made Me Do It".

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Starcastle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
The Citadel
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Pig's Nose
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Warping The Gale
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 17
Lady Of The Lake
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
To The Fire Wind
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Portraits
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 29
Elliptical Seasons
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Citadel
 36
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Pig's Nose
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Warping The Gale
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Lady Of The Lake
 17
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
To The Fire Wind
 8
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Portraits
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Elliptical Seasons
 29
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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