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Arms Race T,TR 
Bluebells T,TR 
Bridges over Troubled Water T,TR 
Choice of a New Generation, The T,TR 
Christmas Tree Crack T,TR 
Danger High Voltage T 
Don't bring a knife to a gun fight a.k.a. "Gun Fight" T 
Double Breasted Anchor T,TR 
Driving in Duluth T 
Ecclesiastes T 
Echoes S 
Ex Nihilo T,TR 
Flight School T 
Fool's Progress, The S 
Goliath's Finger Crack T,TR 
Great Bird Chimney, The T 
Happy Happy, Joy Joy S 
Hidden Agenda T 
Hidden Treasure T,TR 
I Could've Been a Contender T 
Iron Maiden T,TR 
Jim's Crack T 
Laceration Jam T 
Lapidarian T,TR 
Long Distance Commute T,TR 
Lord of the flies (free) AKA: Comrades in Slings (aid) T 
Mack the Knife T,TR 
Mr. Lean T,TR 
Night Vision T 
Old Men in Tight Pants TR 
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City) T 
Palisaid T 
Phantom Corner TR 
Phantom Crack T,TR 
Poseidon Adventure T 
Praise the Many Seraphim T 
Presents T 
Pussyfoot T 
Quetico Crack T,TR 
Rapprochement T,TR 
Scars and Tripes Forever T 
Socket Wrench T,TR 
Soli Deo Gloria T 
Squab T 
Sunny and Sheer T,TR 
Superior Arete T,TR 
Superior Crack T,TR 
Swimsuits and Harnesses T,TR 
Swizzlestick Legs T,S 
Urge to Mate T,TR 
Warrior's Last Dance On Earth TR 
Water Babies T,TR 
Wise Guys T,TR 
Withering Heights T,TR 
Yellow Feather T 


YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dick Wildberger and Dan Kieffaber
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 24, 2006

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Ted Kryzer on Bluebells. July 26 '10.


A classic for the area. A fun crack climb, although face holds exist as well. Follow the finger crack up into a dihedral and continue to the top.
  • RCM&W #44, p.214.


This route is in the next corner down from Phantom Crack, and about 25 yards to the left from the stone lookout.


Nuts, cams, hexes for lead. Some large gear might be helpful for the top rope setup.

Photos of Bluebells Slideshow Add Photo
Mark Machacek on lower section of "Blue Bells...
Mark Machacek on lower section of "Blue Bells...
Photo Credit: Juan Gonzalez  The finger crack sect...
Photo Credit: Juan Gonzalez The finger crack sect...
Dave Pierce nearing the top
Dave Pierce nearing the top
Juneko on Bluebells.
Juneko on Bluebells.
James Hann on Bluebells
James Hann on Bluebells
The climber in green is on Bluebells, the climber ...
The climber in green is on Bluebells, the climber ...
Photo Credit: Juan Gonzalez  Working for the hand ...
Photo Credit: Juan Gonzalez Working for the hand ...

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By Brian Weinstein
Oct 3, 2006

One of my favorite pitches in the North Shore. Classic.
By Rob P.
From: Twin Cities
Sep 28, 2008

GREAT finger crack dihedral. A stout and fun lead with lots of great placements.
By Rich T
Sep 3, 2010

Slight overhang at the finish adds a nice touch too. Great climb.
By J.Roatch
From: Leavenworth, WA
Apr 10, 2011

Great introduction to north shore climbing. very fun
By Scott Schumann
From: SLC, UT
Nov 29, 2012

Plenty of pro and great jams. Long route so save a little pro (and energy for the top). Classic Route!
Climbed it with a storm approaching, 40 mph winds, whitecaps misting us from below, and a double rainbow forming behind us. One of my favorite climbing memories.
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
Sep 7, 2014

I climbed this after a full day of rain which I think tipped it over to the unpleasant side of the fun/hard work dividing line. Many of the holds were still pretty wet and slimy. I'd like to do it again on a dry day. Either way this is a beautiful area to spend some time.
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