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Precious Stone 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Mark Van Horn, 1990
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Dec 8, 2008

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Jake cruxing at the start of Precious Stone.


Precious Stone is an old-school sport route in every sense. The bolts are well-spaced (for Shelf), the grade is stout, and the climbing is thin & technical. Begin by scrambling up the coral block at the base of the beautiful wall. A vertical, intermittent crack-like feature leads to a pair of crimps in a horizontal break. Move left towards the small tree. Climb awkwardly around the tree, clip up, and get a shake before the crux. Long cranks between thin, sharp pockets with virtually no feet lead to some better pockets and detached flake below another good horizontal break. Rest up here for one last devious, hard move below the anchor.


Immediately left of Potato Chipper, on the same wall.


Bolts. Shares anchor & first bolt with Potato Chipper.

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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Dec 8, 2008

This is given 12a in the Sharpend guidebook. I thought it was comparable in difficulty to The Gem, which I did an hour later. Perhaps a foothold or two has broken in the crux, or maybe I'm full of...? This would be a 4 star route if not for the tree.
By slim
Nov 10, 2014
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Great route, would be 4 stars if not for the manky start. Seemed pretty similar in difficulty to the other 12a's in the area, definitely not in the same league as The Gem.
By Darryl Roth
Nov 16, 2015

I went up there with MVH a week or two after after he put this up. He wanted me to give it a go to see what I thought. He said .12a. I was able to nail it first go, but barely. It seemed stout to me then as far as .12a goes and that was at a time when I on-sighted McFly (.12d) also just barely. If anything important has broken since, I can understand Monomaniac's comment.
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 18, 2015

Not nearly as good as its neighbor and a bit wandery. Still worth doing though if you're in the area....

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