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BETA PHOTO: Climber on Felspfeiler.
Finding this unique feature should be fairly straight forward. Everyone descending from Sinocranium, the most popular route on Steinfels (Stone Rock) Dome, will pass by the beginning of Felspfeiler (Rock Pillar). Or, you can hike directly to it with just an additional 5-10 minutes walk up from the start of Sinocranium.
Pitch #1: Climb awkward yet fun down sloping holds up a steepening cruxy mid section to an easy roof and typical nice City slab to the top and a two-bolt belay. 5.8, 35m, 12 bolts.
Rappel the route.
This is the pillar-like spur feature on the East side of Steinfels Dome that almost looks like a detached tower from some angles. Find the beginning of the climb by following the familiar trail to Sinocranium and continue up the the East side of the Dome along the base of the rock for another 5 minutes.
The prominent pillar will soon come into view.
Rappel the route with one 70m rope. Tie knots into your belay end. It is a full 35m pitch, so use two ropes if using anything shorter than a full 70m rope!
12 x 1/2" x 3" SS Powers Bolts to a 2 x Glue In bolt belay with chains on top of the tower.
Minimum 70m rope required for rappel!
The route in profile. photo by Dani Löwenstein
Climber on the Felspfeiler. Photo by Dani Löwenst...
Steinfels Dome from Circle Creek Trailhead with Fe...
By Chris and Freda
Jul 26, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A fun single pitch sport climb. We did this on the way down the path from the rappel off of Sinocranium - it is on the wall next to the path down, not at the foot of the 'pillar'. It needs some traffic: there is plenty of lichen and some loose pieces of rock. Some holds have been cleaned either judiciously by the route developer or simply by other climbers on the route, but it needs more feet and hands on the route to remove more of the lichen. I found the crux to be about halfway up where the holds got slim, the lichen got thick, and I found both feet sliding off the lichen at the same time as a piece of rock broke off in my hand. A bit of excitement for a moment, but the route is really well protected so no worries. It tops out slightly lower than the crux pitch on Sinocranium, with a good view of the climbers starting that pitch.