Ascent of Crimson Staircase on 2017-11-14

Climber: John Morrow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crimson Staircase
    Elevation:2454 ft / 747 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another great solid little scramble. I took CP's route downclimbing the boulder chokes in Fire Canyon (Mouses Tank), fun. Then up a side drainaige until I could see the southside. It is all there like in his description although what is the actual staircase? Anyway get up the south broad gully/trough/basin. The only route that continues as a scramble leads right to the key blind corner ledge. Then up more steep sandstone ribs/slopes to a short Class 4 chimney (why he doesn't mention this I don't know). Beyond easy routefinding on th eonly Class 3 rock leads to the summit. Getting over a cold I opted to hike in the afternoon up an unnamed wash at Parking Lot 2 to the backside of the escarpment and then north on the Prospector trail through the slot in Kaolin Wash and down th ewash to the pavement 1/4 mile north of my car. It would make a nice loop route to Duane Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Route:South Face
    Grade/Class:Class 3/4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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