Comments: There are a couple very comprehensive guides put out by the PATC-MS which are the result of contributions and work by local climbers for local climbers. At least for me it feels a little ungrateful to rip those routes and post them up here. Some of these authors feel they've been taken advantage of by other "big name" guide book authors before.
Comments: This is not an unknown climb. This is F.I.S.T. and goes at 5.9- when you finish on the finger crack at the top. This is not the Echo Rock area. This area is considered "Cow's Hoof." Check out "Climber's Guide to the Great Falls of the Potomac" Second Edition. It's pretty comprehensive.
Comments: The PATC guide rates this climb at 5.8 which may be a little inflated but it certainly isn't a 5.4. Do you agree with Horst's rating or were you just acknowledging your source to some extent?
Comments: Timmamok, My understanding is that Golden Staircase uses the face to the left of the crack. The "grain" of the rock changes a couple times in a short distance up there and its a great climb-- just left of this crack.