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Grand Staircase 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 430'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b PG13 [details]
FA: P. Murdock D. Gennarelli 24AUG2014
New Route: Yes
Season: Dry season
Page Views: 119
Submitted By: Pat M on Aug 25, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: Topo

Description 

Obvious arête/ramp curving up and left to the top of Table top.
Pitch 1: Follow the pillar up very low angle rock past 2 bolts to a 2-bolt belay a 15 meters above where the pillar meets the main face. 5.4 (70m)
Pitch 2: Continue up the arête as it steepens past 2 bolts and a few near-vertical sections to a large grassy ledge and 2-bolt belay. 5.6 (60m)
Unrope and walk up a ramp on the right side of the ledge to the summit plateau, which is about the size of a football field. Great views into the canyons between the neighboring towers.

Descent:

Rappel from top of P2 to top of P1 (~55-60m). Beware of rope snags.
Second rappel from top of P1 should go off side of arete directly to ground, do not try to follow the line of the climb (65-70m) DO NOT DO THIS RAPPEL WITH 60M ROPES!!!

Location 

See description of the rock. There is only one feature on this rock that will go at 5.6.

Protection 

Pitches are a bit run-out, so bringing a small selection of cams might be helpful in places. Cracks are sparse, but some pockets would take med sized cams every now and then.


Photos of Grand Staircase Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo
BETA PHOTO: Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan at the top of P2.
Dan at the top of P2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Cairn.
Summit Cairn.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit photo looking back toward the approach road...
Summit photo looking back toward the approach road...

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