Type: Sport, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: Tod Anderson
Page Views: 1,682 total · 7/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 19, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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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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