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Kiss the Sky 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: JS, Brent Manning, Sept. 2010
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Nov 23, 2010

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The second pitch of Kiss the Sky is one of the better trad pitches on Strone Crag IMO, requiring thoughtful and careful climbing on good rock with fine exposure. The first pitch (110’') starts up Firefly. At Firefly's fifth bolt, traverse right (Firefly goes left) for about ten feet and catch a sweet crack to a small footstance and belay from a single bolt and cams. (5.6).

The money pitch (120’') traverses right and up under a roof band until possible to step right onto the face and climb up to a bolt just above a small roof. Bust up to the next bolt, then follow a seam system on the left and head toward a bolt protecting moves to easier ground. Work up and slightly right to join the anchors shared by Starstruck, Mad Calf Disease, and Old Habits Die Hard. Don't pass up any pro between the second and last bolt, or you might get yourself a runout.


Follow the approach for Starstruck and Firefly. For the descent, see either the Mad Calf or Starstruck page.


Take along micronuts, microcams, and other gear to 2”.

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By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 5, 2011
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Too bad for the dirty first part of the first pitch or I would give this 3 stars. The second pitch is 5.10 something - thin edging with occasional 5.10 move. Definately bring your microcams and brass, look for the best line and don't pass up a placement - most are shallow with cams bottoming out and sticking straight out. Good pitch.
By DrApnea
From: Wenatchee, WA
Jun 22, 2014

Nothing bigger than BD C4 #0.5 for the second pitch. Thin edging.
By Steven Amter
Aug 3, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

There are several good holds that are a little hard to see at first look. An enjoyable, cerebral climb.

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