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Bad Makeup (5.11c/5.9) S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Breaking Through the Layers S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Edge of the World S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Indian Summer T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Licorice Line T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pillar of Destiny S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rainy Day Surprise T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Shooting Star T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Supernova T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Updraft from Hell T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Zen-ith T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Sport, 65 ft
FA: Hanz Kroesen/Micah Klesick
Page Views: 454 total, 11/month
Shared By: Micah Klesick on Jun 14, 2014
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Description

This is the first completely bolted route you come to once you reach the main wall. Easily distinguished by its three small roofs near the top. Climb easy 5.8 moves to below the first roof. From there, clip the bolt on the right roof, and then pull a tricky and surprisingly powerful crux move straight up into the roofs. Finish the remaining pumpy 5.10 moves through the roofs to the anchors. (it is possible to move into the far left side of the dihedral at the crux and reduce the grade)

Location

First bolted climb at the main Stratosphere wall.

Protection

bolts - 8 bolts

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dmPete
  5.11b
dmPete  
  5.11b
Wonderful route! A bit of a one-move-wonder, but those crimps make for one good/tough move! Though the rest of the route is quite a bit easier, it is incredibly fun and perfectly bolted. Great line, thanks, Micah! Apr 26, 2015
bryans
  5.10d
bryans  
  5.10d
Going directly at the crux crimpers seemed at least mid 5-11 to me. Having a trad mentality (take the easiest line available while still being protected), I looked around and saw I could easily stem the left wall and make a couple easier (10d?) moves to reach the big obvious hold you use to clip the next bolt. Time will tell, but I bet plenty of climbers onsighting the route will do the same. I don't think this is a problem, it just means you can do this route at 5-10, or step it up and try it at 5-11. Looking at the photo for this route you can see exactly what I'm talking about... Oct 15, 2014
ChrisAlex5
Portland, OR
ChrisAlex5   Portland, OR
I thought this was the best route at the Stratosphere...Definitely worth the walk down there to hit these routes. Watch the poison oak along the trail though. Thanks Micah. Jul 20, 2014