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North America, United States, Idaho, The Prow, Steamboat Rocks

The Prow, Steamboat Rocks. Steamboat Rocks are a large group of quartzite buttresses, ten miles from Kingston on the Coeur d’Alene River. At least six of them are over 500 feet high. The south-facing apron of the first buttress provided possibly the first technical route done in the area. Darcy Droste and I climbed the first two pitches in late June. The first (F6) ended on a mossy ledge. The second pitch was a difficult jam-crack and chimney. Poor protection and difficulties forced our retreat. I returned alone in October and finished the route. The final pitch ascended an overhanging wall and turned a roof on the left. NCCS II, F9, Al.

R. Dane Burns, Equipe de Danse de Coeur d’Alene