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The Stem Cell 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Alec B and Alan Collins
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Alan Collins on Aug 25, 2016

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The Stem Cell will surely get the attention of avid climbers at first sight. A prominent dihedral rises with a slightly overhanging dihedral of desert varnish on the right and a good red welded tough on the left wall with bulging overhangs.

A good stem climber will use every trick in the book to try to muster up this climb. This one will test one's crack climbing and stemming abilities.

All in all, I would say this is a great climb! the rock quality is good and the movement is fun and unique. Feels like a hard trad climb with bolts due to the flaky nature of the crack.


Far left on the Philosophers Stone. Starts in an obvious dihedral on 5.7 climbing which quickly gets easier.


4 lead bolts and 2 anchor bolts

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By Dave McRae
Aug 19, 2017

This is a great little stemming route that will please any bolt clipping trad climbers out there.

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