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Friday, November 18, 2016

Stinger Arete breakdown

The Stinger Arete is a V4 boulder problem in the Highlands area of Elk Ridge, MD. It is a long overhanging problem that follows the right arete of the overhanging wall.
Scott on The Stinger Arete
There are two main exit options and the grade fluctuates a little between the two. You can easily step off of the problem at any point because the ground mirrors the angle of the wall. The arete has a mix of jugs, downsloping rails, and crimpers linked by flowing moves. The difficulty crux seems to be the powerful first move though the problem it isn't over until you manage the sloping topout.
Rather than describe the problem move by move I'll let photographs do the work. Read on...

Starting position. You may also find it helpful to get a right heel hook.

Scott throwing for a sloper. There are small holds below where he is going but they can make it harder to move up after stalling on them.

Scott after sticking his target hold.


At this point you have a choice in how you exit. You can match where Scott has his left hand and get your right foot up and topout in the notch. Or, you can continue left to a blunt prow and climb upward on it to topout. I would say the second exit makes it V4+. Both are fun.

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