The Staircase

1 Stars
 S 4a

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The steep stepped cracks just left of the arete are juggy with good runners and rests after a delicate start.


Much much easier than The Drainpipe.
Graham - 04/Feb/02

I agree.
Dave F - 08/Aug/03

Easier than Drainpipe but you wouldn't want to clatter down those ledges if you fell off. HS for exposure.
Jon Greengrass - 15/Sep/03

Pleasant but very easy and so much easier than the Drainpipe, huge ledges, good gear, certainly doesnt deserve the strenous sign in the guidebook.
Jane - 16/Sep/03

It is called staircase for a reason, the route is more like VDiff.
workshy - 30/Dec/04

It is called staircase for a reason, the route is more like VDiff.
workshy - 30/Dec/04

Quite strenuous moves and I couldn't see any gear, not that I had a rope.
Iggy_B - 10/May/05

3 or 4 moves at most - great ledges for rests, but good pro isn't easy to find or place. Mine fell out! It's also exposed. Technical diff. determined by climber height, not strenuous.
jeffsheard - 12/Jul/05

I got there intending to do Drainpipe. I took one look at Staircase and decided that I'd attempt my first Grit HS. The ledges are great to rest upon. There is gear for each move to the next ledge. I was't sure about one placement, but my second needed his nut key to prise it out, so I guess it would have held. Great route though, very reassuring first HS.
kimrickwood - 28/Oct/05

Not hard, esp if you're tall, but steep enough to challenge.
John Hutch - 01/Apr/07

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