GRANITE STAIRCASE

An orientation shot (above) showing the NE FACES of both GRANITE STAIRCASE (GS) and GORILLA ROCK (GR) with its two alcoves (1 and 2) in which climbs are located.

Granite Staircase, part of the Reynold’s Complex, has 6 routes, one is on the southwest face and five are on the usually shady NE face. Descents are most commonly done using the rap station/anchors above Route # 1. One can also scramble/downclimb to the NW.

1.) Granite Stairway 11b This eminent route is on the sunny SW FACE, and can be seen on the general orientation MAP for Reynold’s and the Outback – indicated by ‘gsc’. It follows 5 bolts up a shallow water trough to a set of anchor chains at a convenient shelf. Definitely worth going for. The usual approach is starting near Pooh Corner, staying near the base of the main (Reynold’s) formation and angling up towards the SW Face of GS over jumbled boulders. You can get there from the NE Face as well with little difficulty.

2.) Man Powered Flight 10a A wide grovel.

3.) Church Picnic 9 Puzzle start to fine hands. FFA controversy.

4.) Top Flight 8 A righteous journey bypassing a roof on the left with a hole thru it.

5.) Church Not Made By Hands 10c Start in an off width going to hands and switch into the middle crack when it ends.

6.) Church In The Mirror 10c Begin in the off width start of #5, move right across a shelf to the next crack, follow it upwards and rejoin #5.

For More Information see other Reynold's posts.