Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches,
Avg: 3.7 from 9
FA: Bridwell , Klemens 1971
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The first two pitches you probably forget next day , but you have to climb them to approach business pitch
P1. Start from right side of the tree, (20 feet left from start of Ejesta) follow thin crack than face moves to wide crack up to the tree with rappel slings. 130 feet. 5.7-5.8 depending of what you are doing
P2. Traverse left to the corner and climb the corner crack to horn/small pinnacle with the slings . This is top of p2 of Independence Center which share same path with Steppin' Out up to this point. Continue up the corner to the big Bay tree wedged in the crack. Last 30 feet of the corner has a loose rotten rock and it better to avoid it by climbing thin hands crack right of the corner. Surmount the overhanging tree with heel hook and belay there. You can place there medium gear #1, #2 cams and safe big gear for last pitch. 100 feet of 5.8-5.9 depending of what you are doing
P3. You Stepping out from the tree to overhanging right leaning impressive 90 feet OW. Except of first 10 feet of 4" fist crack - it is 5-6" and your knee is In all the way with some exceptions. There are few short sections where your knee do not fit well and this is a cruxes. For my knee size I counted this tree times. There is at least 3 good rests where you can stay forever shaking hands and legs. You can protect the climb very well.
Walking #5/6 cam is possible all the way, but it did not worked for me. Since crack overhanging and both feet was most of the time in the crack - rope was constantly stack between feet and edge of the rock and it was big pain and tremendous efforts to move Cam above your head, so I give up and just climbed it normal way.
Route share same start as Independence center, 20 feet left from start of Ejesta. You can not see the 3-d crux pitch from the base of the route, nor from the Reed's parking, but from start of Ejesta you can see this impressive leaning overhanging line in huge right facing corner.
Crux Pitch in the shade after 2 pm
You need to protect your left knee and both ankles, otherwise you would Not be able to wear short skirt next day.
Before you climb last pitch take off everything from your left side, since you going to be left side in and crack is slightly off-set
Gear in order of appearance:
#4Cam; GreenAlien ; Piton backed up with YellowAlien; #6Friend; #5 Friend; Chock Shown with slings; #5 Cam&old bolt; #6Friend;#5 Cam.
You can add single set from Green Alien to #3Cam.
There is slings around the block and Rap rings at the top of P3.
We did 3rapells with 70m rope. ( Attention!! my rope can be little bit longer than 70m)
1. From top of last pitch with 70M rope STRETCHED!!! directly down to the tree (30 feet below and right of Steppin' Out last belay).
2. From there 100' rap to top of p1 slings.
3. From There 70 M rope STRETCHED!!! rappel to the ground.
Other options - do 4 rappel with 60m rope following different path, or double rope rap
The wonderful third pitch of Steppin' Out