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Step and Fetch 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jess Tucker - 1984
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Submitted By: mbuntaine on Oct 26, 2009

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Dave nearing the top of the better finish to Golde...


This line continues above Golden Earring and has tremendous exposure, interesting movements, and huge jugs on it way to the top. Step right at the roof and take the path of least resistance to the top of the climb. Make sure to extended any gear you have in the roof very long to avoid rope drag on the overhang. You will need to build a gear anchor above the overhanging face, and then scramble over the bulge and down to the standard Amphitheater rap station to descend.

This is a much more interesting finish to Golden Earring than the traverse out left and is highly recommended.


Climb Golden Earring in the Amphitheater, but instead of traversing left at the roof, step out and right to gain the steep face above. The climbing looks more intimidating from the ground than it actually is.


standard NC rack -- gear placements abound.

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Rock Climbing Photo: In the midst of the business.
In the midst of the business.
Rock Climbing Photo: Anne getting underway on Ste(e)p and Fetch
Anne getting underway on Ste(e)p and Fetch
Rock Climbing Photo: Gearin' up
Gearin' up
Rock Climbing Photo: Step & Fetch starts above Golden Earring
BETA PHOTO: Step & Fetch starts above Golden Earring

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By nbrown
From: western NC
Dec 5, 2009

I agree, this is the much better finish.
By William Rhyne
From: Casper, Wyoming
Jan 30, 2012

any body think that a four foot sling right before and after the roof would clear the rope drag
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Jun 25, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Loved this route to finish Golden Earring in one big long pitch. Defintely gives the route a whole new type of variety. Had me smiling the whole way!

William - 4' slings could help there but so could being very thoughtful with your placements. I used long runners (24") throughout most of the line and placed a cam in the horizontal where you hand-traverse out over the roof (I had placed a piece lower at the roof but I back-cleaned it...good choice). Drag was minimal as I climbed S&F. My rope drag problem came at the end where you traverse left to finish S&F...I placed a piece too far right and it was killing me by the time I topped out.
By smurray47
Apr 30, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

variation of golden earring finish that makes it a much more exciting and memorable climb. Good gear, just make sure to extend slings after jumping right. Do it. Finish with a gear-anchor and scramble over and down to golden earring anchor to descend.
By Benandstuff
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 20, 2017

Both MP and the Carolina Rocks guidebook give the route beta as "the path of least resistance" or "follow the jugs". Can anyone who has climbed this more than once verify that there is only one way up the steepness at the 5.8 grade? I climbed this on Saturday but have no idea if what I did was "standard" or not. More traversing than I expected.

Otherwise, great climb. Any pro placed after the key crux placement (w/ 4' runners) on golden earring should be back cleaned before starting up the steep face.
By drock3
Sep 7, 2017

@Benandstuff: It's been a while since I've been on it, but every time I did it I remember thinking "Man, this looks hard" then I'd find the same holds and pull through on 5.8 moves.

If I remember correctly it was only 2 or 3 moves traversing to the right before you started climbing up gain.

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