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Rock Climbing Photo: Sarah leading Giant's Staircase, 5.6. Wet & muddy ...
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By Ben Stabley
From: Portland, OR
Sep 7, 2014
I think the route shown in this picture is actually "Giant's Direct" (PRC lists as 5.7 but more like 5.5 or 5.6). 3 bolts up to a belay anchor with rap rings located in a big scoop (to the climber's left in this picture). From there, bolts are located where this climber is, and this route is listed as "Static Cling" in PRC. Static Cling is rated 5.10b in PRC, but notes that it's more like 5.9 if you climb up to the right of the bolts instead of to the left. Above this steep part is fairly flat again, with a bunch of ancient hangers on skinny bolts and 1 set of Metolius rap hangers. You could use this for a belay station, or continue straight up to the top.
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Sarah leading Giant's Staircase, 5.6. Wet & muddy down low at 2pm on this early June '08 afternoon. Mossy & wet blocky ledges leading to dry, and more fun technical climbing. I was told by a guy at the crag that where Sarah is now in this photo goes a bit more than just 5.6, and you could have traversed right a little lower to keep it easier? Not sure, but we both enjoyed the top of this climb's first pitch a lot.

Submitted By: mebbing on Jun 18, 2008
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Giant's Staircase (5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b )
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