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Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Lump Area : ... : Compound W variation (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 6, 2016

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Comments: This is a fun little route and I agree that it deserves more traffic. The work put in to keep it clean is appreciated. It does seem to collect debris pretty quickly. As of 8/6/16, it is still in good shape.

I take a single rack to #2 plus a few nuts for this one. You can easily get away with leaving the #2 behind, but there are two nice placements for it if you have it with you.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Lump Area : ... : Meyah (5.10a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 6, 2016

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Comments: From the ground, as of 8/6/16, it looks like there is still only one bolt with a hanger at the anchor.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Lump Area : ... : Walking Legend (5.10)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jul 1, 2016

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Comments: We climbed just the first two pitches and enjoyed them both.

For shorter climbers like myself (I'm 5'1"), getting to the first bolt feels bouldery if you aren't tall enough to reach the small horizontal slot from the good stance. On P2, a stiff quickdraw was handy for clipping the second bolt.

After the crux, the rest of P2 offered fun movement reminiscent of the style on Cunning Stunt -- but easier.

We did not encoun... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : Sand Felipe (5.10-)
By: Sherri Lewis When: May 12, 2016

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Comments: I was pleasantly surprised by how fun and engaging this route is (we just did first pitch). A couple of thoughtful cruxes down low followed by plenty of enjoyable moves positive edges. The steepness gives it a slightly "serious" feel -- you really have to work a few of the smaller edges and crimps to stay close to the wall -- but the generous bolting lets you relax and enjoy the climbing.

I tapped on a few hollow flakes here and there but overall the rock quality was good where you needed it... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Overhanging Hangover (5.10a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: May 6, 2016

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Comments: Both pitches of this route were packed with fun, sequencey moves.

P1 reminded me a little of P1 of the Gobbler, but with thinner, edgier moves. The bolts seemed to show up where you'd want them. You can also place a few pieces of gear at the start and right below the anchors of this pitch.

P2 was exciting and had everything from crack to delicate edging and we even threw in a kneebar. The exposure as you tiptoe across the rail below the roof is a rush! A few tiny cams can supplement the... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Upper Tier : Arch Enemy (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Mar 17, 2016

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Comments: I am so glad we didn't let the imposing appearance of this route deter us from giving it a try. It really is worth doing and the holds and gear appear just where you want them.

On P2, as with most offwidth, chimney-type features, I suspect that a climber's size could make the difference between loving it and hating it. My partner and I are both "petite" (under 5'1") and we could wiggle deeper into the chimney and work some of the face features that might be out of reach of those with more bod... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : Splitting Hares (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Mar 16, 2016

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Comments: We had a little trouble matching up the route description to the various choices presented by the features (ie -- it looks like you could start the first pitch two or three different places, or even climb the fun first pitch of Next Century (5.8) and move your belay for P2).

Splitting the route into three pitches made sense to us. (We built the belay on the comfortable ledge to the left about midway up P2).

If I were to climb it again, I'd skip the roof, which felt pretty straightforward 5.7... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Stick Gully : Elephant Penis (5.8) : Photo
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: With the way we started the route, this was actually the base of our second pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Stick Gully : Elephant Penis (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: There may be variations possible for this line. What we climbed didn't exactly match the description here or in the Handren guide, but it was quality climbing and a lot of solid 5.9 fun.

We started up the smooth flake to the right of the sandy-looking handcrack and broke the climb into 4 pitches to minimize rope drag.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Slhanay (The Squaw) : Photophobia (5.10c)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 4, 2015

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Comments: Maybe my expectations were too high -- the bar for a 4-star route in Squamish is pretty high -- but I didn't love very much about this route.

Some sections felt contrived (such as the start with the bolt in a strange place and a deckfall potential), and it wasn't the nicest granite in town except for the last pitch which was short and sweet.

The mismatched hardware was also a detraction. Some stations had one bolt and one glue-in staple instead of a standard two-bolt anchor.

We followed ... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Chief : ... : Mercy Street (5.10b)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 3, 2015

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Comments: This route is AMAZING! Shame that it is not in the Select Guide (it's not in my older version, at least, but maybe it made the cut for the new book).

Despite its intimidating appearance, rests can be found where needed and jams can be interspersed with the laybacking to minimize the pump factor.

Doubles to #2, if you take four or five #3's, you'll find places for all of them. If you only take two #3's, be prepared to do a bit of bumping or backcleaning. An old #3.5 n... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Slhanay (The Squaw) : The Great Game (5.10c/d)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jun 28, 2015

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Comments: Excellent route. We took the advice above and extended the 2nd pitch to the base of the corner with a gear belay. That was definitely the way to go, and you don't use any of the gear in the belay that you will need for the 3rd pitch.

I was pleasantly surprised to find at least three gear placements available after the bolt which took the edge off of the thin moves near the top. We didn't have TCU's but small Aliens and a nut did the trick. Also, since we had one with us, I plugged the @POUN... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Hourglass Diversion (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 29, 2014

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Comments: We really enjoyed this route and can't believe it sat for so long on the ticklist. Definitely will be repeating it now that we know how fun it is. It had exciting moves and interesting features throughout.

The crux pitch was a bit heady where the crack pinches down, forcing you to trust fragile face holds without gear for a short stretch, but the moves are there and you soon get back to crack goodness.

We combined the crux pitch with part of the next one, continuing up the finger crack to a ... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Frigid Air Buttress : Burlesque (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: May 4, 2014

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Comments: We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this route today. Every pitch had something fun but of course the crux pitch is the show stopper.

For the approach, hike up the boulder gully (same as descent for Frigid Aire) to the waterfall. To avoid the worst of the boulder scrambling, about halfway up keep an eye out for a faint-looking trail that cuts out of the gully from skier's left. I usually catch this trail at one of the first large sandy clearings I encounter in the boulder gully. This trai... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jackrabbit Buttress : Ernest Stemmingway (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Mar 14, 2014

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Comments: Be sure to stretch out before you head up this one. The route definitely lives up to its name!

The first two pitches are full-value fun on fantastic rock. Pitch 2 looks intimidating and improbable but go for it and you will be pleasantly surprised at how it unfolds. (Ample protection available in deep in slot, save a #4 or #5 for exit.) P1 150ft, P2 195ft.

For P3, after following the left-leaning crack 200ft to belay on the ramp, you can do one more 50ft pitch (5.6+?)traversin... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Tele-vision (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Nov 14, 2013

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Comments: We had a blast on this route today! It was a worthwhile adventure to check it out.

(The pitch lengths below are approximate and to the best of my recollection...if anyone finds that I was way off anywhere, please update with better info.)

P1 ~75ft 5.9+ The first pitch starts things off with a bang: three or four athletic sport sequences in a row with well-placed bolts(and the option to put a little gear in between a few of them if you want to). This section becomes quite pumpy right off t... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : The Big Horn (5.8+)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: This route was a delight--fun moves, striking features, beautiful varnish, and no crowds.

I was surprised to find that the climbing was much friendlier than its appearance would suggest, with more 5.6 moves than there were 5.8 moves. Also, there were generous edges and plentiful stances from which to place gear(which was great once you get that first bomber #4).

I'm 5'1" and found the crux to be at no harder than the grade implies. (not reach-dependent, which was a nice surprise.... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Pro Choice (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 30, 2013

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Comments: This was an enjoyable route on mostly good rock(still a few hollow plates here and there but using your sandstone smarts and tapping before pulling will keep you out of trouble).

The second pitch didn't seem to have any moves that felt .10b as the guidebook suggests. We thought 5.9?

The crux is a fun, balancy sequence. I was glad to have shade for this particular section--I hate to think of how it would feel making those moves if the sun were beating down on that slick varnish. Looks like ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Middle Town Walls : ... : PBR (5.10b)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 14, 2013

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Comments: Fantastic addition to the mid wall! The upper third (from the tree stump up) isn't as clean as the start but once it is polished up with a bit more traffic and scrubbing this line is sure to become classic.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Middle Town Walls : ... : Hips and Valleys (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 14, 2013

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Comments: Thanks for cleaning this! We really enjoyed it. Recent rains have re-deposited a bit of dirt in the finger crack but not enough to render it unusable--I scraped out some with my nut tool but that section will likely need more attention after the wet season to keep it in such nice condition.

I had only a #4 for the chimney which made it feel a little heady (a #5 would have helped, as the #4 was tipped) but it sure is fun --climbs more like an offwidth than a true chimney and ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Lump Area : ... : Exponential Excavation (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: This is a neat route which will be especially appreciated by those looking for less intimidating routes to lead at Index. Probably a tad easier than Roger's Corner. The dihedral at the top can be stemmed or climbed as a chimney--fun either way!


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lookout Point Area : ... : Spineless (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 2, 2013

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Comments: Climbing to the left as you approach the overlap works but be aware that falling before you make that clip will send you hurtling into the wall of the dihedral behind you. At 5'1", I found this to be a difficult clip to reach. For those wanting to mitigate this risk, climbing Senior Citizens first and pre-hanging an extended draw at that spot allows you to make the clip from a safer position. I am by no means solid at the grade so your mileage may vary.

I thought this climb was excellent and ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Tunnel Vision (5.10d)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: If you climb Tunnel Vision, you will be selling yourself short if you don't continue on to do Angora Grotto, which is a gem of a route situated just above it. AG's grade is slightly harder (.11a) but there is only one well-protected move at that grade. The most efficient way to link these is to clip the Tunnel Vision anchors as you go by on lead and continue to scramble up and right (15ft?) to the anchors at the base of the Angora Grotto crack. Belay your second up from here. [[Mountain Pro... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Angora Grotto (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: This is an enjoyable line packed with variety and well-protected, interesting moves. If it were at ground level, it would be every bit as popular as Cunning Stunt, if not more so.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Leave My Face Alone (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jul 24, 2013

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Comments: This enjoyable line has received a recent scrubbing (thanks Doug T!) and is ready to go on your ticklist.

The start is juggy fun, followed by a committing roof pull which delivers you onto the steep, uniquely featured face with moves that build in difficulty to an attention-getting finish.


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