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Routes in The Starcastle

Citadel, The S,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Elliptical Seasons S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Forces S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Fountains of Light S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lady Of The Lake S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pig's Nose S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Portraits S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Reel to Real T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Silver Winds T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
To The Fire Wind T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Warping The Gale S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Tod Anderson
Page Views: 1,140 total, 6/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 19, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Unquestionably my personal favorite on the Starcastle, Elliptical Seasons takes off after passing the two excellent trad cracks "To The Fire Wind" and "Reel to Real". I first spotted this line from across the canyon on the top of the Headstone. Sometimes a feature alone is all that it takes to make a line attractive, and Elliptical Seasons has a gorgeous elliptical seam arching up and right that splits an immaculate yellow head wall. To start Elliptical Seasons, angle in from the right almost in the Reel to Real crack. A series of overlaps and edges takes you gradually leftward, and after a reachy 5.12 crux at 60 ft or so dumps you into the start of the seam. This route never eases up until the end of the seam and even the final move at the anchor is a trick. Head for the right end of the jam, then back left to clip. A great line, easily worth three stars for quality, continuity, and the killer seam on a glorious wall.

Protection

QDs only. A slew of QDs gets you to the top, 14- 15 for 90 feet of climbing. Bring something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

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Eric8
Maynard, MA
  5.11+
Eric8   Maynard, MA
  5.11+
11a might be a bit stiff...perhaps the route has cleaned up a little bit, but the rock is pretty good and the bolts quite close. I did break one foot chip, and the rock is a little friable but not enough to distract from the quality of the route. Oct 17, 2013
Joe Simonsen
  5.11a
Joe Simonsen  
  5.11a
Did this route today and found the movements and style of climbing interesting and varied. I enjoyed the face moves and the crack climbing. However, the rock quality in the are was not great. Several foot chips broke on me and there were numerous scary, hollow sounding flakes including one large one that is almost required for the route. The finish is somewhat heady as well. Solid and obvious holds five way to a brief run out to the anchors on lichen covers and slightly pebbly holds. Oct 1, 2011
DUCKMAN  
An excellent route with a tremendous crux. A taller climber will have more ease and success through the crux section.A okay seem up the route with few flakes to use as well. I feel the best route on the Starcastle wall. Jul 22, 2003