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Steer It Up 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Vince MacMillan on Oct 22, 2005

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On Steer it up...what a climb!

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


Very Fun!: MANY PERFECT HAND JAMS (for very very very large hands, i.e., closer to fists than cupped hands). But: The looseness of the hands forced me to focus on my feet which, if you are a hack like myself, is always helpful. Could might possibly be great fist jamming for the very slight-handed.

Apparently this is climbed relatively rarely for such a long, moderate, and varied route in a relatively popular area (Its the second route left of Incredible Spam Crack, in a left facing crack system).

CAVEAT: It seems that the BLM's so-called 'maintenance engineers' have been goldbricking during their nightly vacuuming rounds as there is a little bit of loose rock and sand near the middle of this route. Could someone direct me to the Complaints Department? Thank you. . . .


Typical El Cap Free Rack: Approximately 20-25 (gulp!) pieces (Camalot Sizes):.5 through 4, heavy on the 2's and 3's. Several runners and quickdraws, too. (Bloom's list is dead on.) Probably gonna want a gear sling for all of that, champ.

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By Mike Willig
Apr 9, 2007

If this route were closer to the road it would get a ton of's sweet. The crux is at the my opinion. After that, the hand jamming is beautiful. The 25 pieces of pro is a bit hefty...I used around 14 and by no means consider myself a bold leader that loves run-out. Just my $.02.
By Buddy Tangalos
From: Salt Lake City
Oct 15, 2012

Can this rope be done with a single 70m? Wanted to get on it, but wasn't sure if I'd be able to get back to the ground with one rope.

By slim
Oct 15, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

it's a long route, iirc a 70 won't even come close. i'm not sure a single 80 would even do it. probably about 150'.
By Josh Ewing
From: Bluff, UT
Feb 17, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

The route pictured and described here is great. You can just barely make it down with an 80 meter rope. 70 isn't close.

I'm not really sure this is the route Bloom describes as Steer It Up. If so, his gear beta is way off, and the topo just doesn't look too much like it. There is another long 5.10 ish looking corner, which is clearly right facing, another 50 yards further left (west out on the ledge shown in the Bloom topo), which seems to fit his description better.

This route is only maybe 20 yards left of Incredible Spam and Heinz. Highly recommended. Mostly hands and wide hands, with a thin hands start. No off width piece (4 cam) is needed. a couple of 4 friends are nice, but not necessary. Bring lots of 3 camalots or 3.5 friends and a good number of 3 friends (or 2 camalots).
By slim
Feb 18, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

the route in the photos is steer it up. i think your gear list and vince's are pretty similar(?). off fingers to thin hands start, and a long stretch of big hands.

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