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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Middle Gorge Region at Staircase Wall

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Beginners Staircase 5.3 (Toprope) ***

First Ascent: Bill Strachan in 1975
Length: 80ft
Bolts/Gear: 0/ (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Ascends the left-most section of the wall and tops out between the two large huecos.
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Owner: NFS
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Submitted by: captain static
Date: Jan 17th, 2021

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MikeWilkinson said on January 12th, 2021
Fun for what it is, and tall too! Soaks up the sun so is great in the winter. Having at least 25-30ft of webbing helps for TR setup.
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J-Ru said on January 15th, 2021
Mike -- did you get a photo? I always wondered what this looked like.
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captain static said on January 17th, 2021
Unfortunately a fire on the ridge above Indian Staircase some time back destroyed vegetation resulting in erosion making the TR setup more difficult. BITD this area saw a lot less use before the FS acquired the farm where the Gladie Center is. This wall is unique for the maze of water grooves that cover it. I have a picture somewhere and will upload if I can dig it up.
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captain static said on January 17th, 2021
Found the photo!
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Anonymous said on January 18th, 2021
Beautiful