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Beckey Route T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Brother Mike T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Type: Trad, 90 ft, Grade II
FA: FA 7/30/2010 Adam Winslow and Bill Coe
Page Views: 152 total, 2/month
Shared By: Billcoe on May 21, 2012
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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Description

The Beckey is the easy and fun short south side route to the summit. Class 4 @80 meters up a narrow dirt gully behind (South of) the rock to the notch of the Steeple, tie off a big boulder or 2 for a belay at the high point of the notch.

The route romps straight up the big, more solid than they look, awesome knobs and lumps directly above to the summit approx 80' above.

Descent: A 2 rope rap to the Northwest or do the new single 60 meter rap off the massive hardware on Brother Mike towards the Northeast.

Location

Approach as for The Steeple Northwest routes to the obvious gully.

Protection

Only need some long slings for ties offs. An ice axe would greatly reduce the sporting approach. Adventure climbing!
If one would move the hiking directions from the main Steeple page for the Beckey Route, this is what you'd see, "The pinnacle is a short walk uphill. You can go any way, straight uphill. However, from your car in the little turnaround next to the closed off spur road, the best way is to hike approx 225 paces up the overgrown near closed road that heads west, turning left into the woods over a small culvert on a small log and head straight up, paralleling just left of a drainage in the semi-open areas until you see some small cliffs which had not been previously visible just on your right. Pass through the Devils Club (some clippers will easily clear a trail through this small patch) and skirt the cliffs on the left approx 200' more tending up and left until you get to the base of the NW side of the Steeple. This is for North and west side routes, including the Beckey Route."

My additions: It's not really that short a walk uphill - probably 45 minutes to an hour if you're lucky. There's a faint trail in certain spots, a lot of bushwacking through devils club (horrendous plants), and good trail finding skills to go straight uphill. The said culvert is about 100 yards from the parking area. If you go 225 paces, it's further past the culvert, but there's an area to scramble up to the hillside on the left (willow has been pruned) Head uphill and left so that you will be paralleling a gully. This is when the devils club gets bad - the plants are at least five feet tall and thick. Bring pruners. Bring an ice axe. Bring walking poles. Bring a machete. Watch out for sudden drop offs in the ground. Skirting cliffs are near impossible. It worked better for me to follow another dry stream gully and crawl under the devils club plants and willows. Seemed to be a lot further than 200 feet!

Adventure Hiking!

DO NOT go this way for Brother Mike. Jul 24, 2017