Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Scott Ayers & Mark Hathaway (1990)
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Shared By: Hendrixson on May 3, 2014 with updates from CASA Climbing Assn. of So. AZ
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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Less-than-vertical crimping leads up and past the first bolt where one must decipher a sequence to obtain a small ledge. Clip the second bolt and stretch your fingers before pulling a plated bulge with larger but less-than-ideal holds. After this the climb significantly eases in difficulty while increasing in quality. Scamper up featured, undulating rock to the chains.


St. Stephen is the second route from the left. To the left is Baba Rum Raisin and to the right is Be Here Now. St. Stephen is the bolt line immediately right of the tree that encroaches upon the wall.


Approximately 7 bolts to chains. Some may find a stick clip useful as the first bolt is rather high and the sequence is not obvious.

Bolts and top-anchors updated by CASA in 2016.


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Nick Henscheid
Tucson, AZ
Nick Henscheid   Tucson, AZ
Maybe I was a bit delirious and dehydrated after a mini-epic 3hr failure to get to Middle Earth, but I really liked this climb. It's tricky and thin, and unlocking the sequences was a joy. Felt like 11+ the first 2 tries, but once the holds appear it's more like 11b. Brand new bolts (2016) from CASA. Feb 14, 2016
The fixed anchors on this route were updated by CASA in 2016. See the full list of updated climbs at theclimbershome.org/about-t…

Hardware and tools are paid for by your donations, a grant from Access Fund & American Alpine Club, and support from Rocks & Ropes and The BLOC. Jul 9, 2018