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Stainless Steel - 5.9

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 8
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (1)
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 4.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


From Indian Lookout bushwack down and right past the apron until below a huge pothole. 1. Climb into the pothole and belay at double bolts 2. Ascend out of the pothole on its left side to a bolt. Continue up the water groove to double belay bolts. 3. Climb past a single bolt to the obvious tree. This route is very serious, with long runouts on difficult rock.

Descent Options:

Rap From Tree

Submitted by: nnop on 2011-03-10
Views: 612
Route ID: 108041

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating R
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: MonkeySpank on 2012-07-04 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Spicy adventure

Never climb this face in July -- it is not shaded at this time of year and it is too hot. Having said that, my party had fund on this route today, on our first time on the North side of Stone. Begin new to the North side, we were not sure where to find the pine tree to rap down to the base of Stainless Steel, so we rapped down from the double rings at the top of Merkin Man, which has the highest set of rings on the North side. It took us 4 raps to reach the base. Sustained bush whacking and bee stings led us to the base of Stainless Steel. At 5.9+, this route had severe pucker factor for us, but was a lot of fun. We strung together the first and second pitches, using the first set of double rings at 45 feet as the first pro and then set up a belay at the second set of double rings. The crux was before the first single bolt after the first set of double rings. On the second pitch, rather than going for the pine that serves as a rap station, stop and belay from the (new) double rings just below the pine tree. From there, the third pitch leads past a couple of pine trees to low angle terrain from which you can walk off. Great climb!

Added: 2012-07-04