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Staircase 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b R [details]
FA: Fess Green, W. Wyland, B. Chatfield - 1966
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Submitted By: Bo King on May 25, 2014

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Description 

"A popular route, but not well protected in places. The scene of many serious accidents over the years."
-- from the Thomas Kelley guide (ed.2)
P1: climb a shallow groove to a face, continue up the face to a ledge.
P2: climb the face to a ledge at the base of the obvious crack.
P3: up the groove to the top.

Location 

This route starts on the mini-buttress to the right of the Fire Wall, and heads for the high tree filled ledge (top of P2).

Protection 

Standard rack.


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By Jack Servedio
From: Raleigh,NC
Jun 5, 2017

Free cordalette and locker about 35 feet on this from where I bailed off this because not a single placement was very confidence inspiring. Also a new looking black tricam about 5-6 feet higher where someone else probably bailed that I couldn't free without a nut tool.

Careful on this easy climb, the cracks up to the right of the arete which provide what seems like obvious pro are filled with detached blocks and flakes and the spots that look nice for bigger gear were expanding. Most of the spots between the detached stuff that offered solid pro were small placements in sandy and licheny rock. Nothing like the bombproof clean rock just to the left on the other side of Sentinel.

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