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Sun & Steel 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: PC Crew 2008
New Route: Yes
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: Craig Martin on Jun 13, 2013

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2nd pitch.

Located in a National Forest Fee Area MORE INFO >>>


This route is located on the right side of the Iron Hayden Wall, just left of an obvious crack system (Where Vultures Dare). Look for a line of yellow bolt hangers.


This is an exciting route on good rock with a cool position.

Sunlight, falling on your steel,
Death in life is your ideal,
Life is like a wheel - rolling on and on!
Sun & Steel, Iron Maiden

Pitch 1: Start just left of the obvious crack of Where Vultures Dare below an obvious bolt line w/yellow hangers and just right of a large roof 30’ up. Pull a devious crux and climb past 7 bolts (pumpy) until a thin crack comes into play. Follow the crack to a 3 bolt anchor on a marginal stance. 5.10c, 100’.

Pitch 2: Climb to the left off the anchor and follow bolts on a nicely exposed arête to a ledge (The Vultures Nest) with a 3 bolt belay. 5.9, 100’.

Pitch 3: Climb up the steep, wide crack to the left of the anchor. Make an exposed move out of the crack to the left below a roof. Pull past the roof on its left side and follow bolts and gear placements up a steep face. Belay on a blocky ledge from a 2 bolt anchor. An intimidating pitch. 5.10d, 100’.

Pitch 3 Variation: Beer Mule.

Pitch 4: Begin 10’ left of the anchor at a bolt and climb up passing more bolts on a steep face heading for the right side of a large roof. Pass the roof and perform several insecure layback/sidepull moves up to a ledge . Belay from 2 bolts. 5.11b/c, 90’.


Single rack to a #3 Camalot, many bolts.
60 Meter Rope.


Rappel the route

Photos of Sun & Steel Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st pitch of Sun & Steel.
1st pitch of Sun & Steel.
Rock Climbing Photo: 3rd pitch roof.
3rd pitch roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2.
Pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: a foreshortened view of the Iron Hayden Wall.
BETA PHOTO: a foreshortened view of the Iron Hayden Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Killer instinct
Killer instinct
Rock Climbing Photo: TUG
Rock Climbing Photo: TUG
Rock Climbing Photo: 2nd pitch of Sun & Steel. Very good pitch.
2nd pitch of Sun & Steel. Very good pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st pitch.
1st pitch.

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By Kurt Howes
Jul 1, 2013
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Great fun route on good rock and awsome views. I thought the first 3 pitches were a titch harder than stated grades and the fourth a titch easier (5.11-). Placed once piece of pro on P2 (a light rack suffices), and p4 is all bolts. Did the 10.d on top rope and found it as good as the 10a variation for P3. I'd really like to know some details on the other existing routes on this wall; please. Plenty of cairns to guide your way up. No mosquitos up there on June 29th, no snow crossings, no people, and I was in my puffy. Thanks for the route equipping.
By Daniel Winder
Jul 5, 2014
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

With a little back cleaning pitches 1 and 2 are easily linked without drag. We placed 1 piece on pitch 1 and a couple on 3. Nothing larger than a red camalot was needed.
By Blake Summers
From: Park City, Utah
Aug 21, 2015

PC CREW!! Thanks for the rad route! Seriously great climbing up there. You guys rule!

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