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Catalyst (aka Child Abuse) 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Jeff Frizzel, Tom Egan, Dec 1988
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Submitted By: David Tvedt on Apr 1, 2006

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The Catalyst on sight. Andy Burr Photo.

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A continuous onslaught of challenging moves lead to a thin crux just before the anchors. Catalyst climbs like a continuous series of intriguing boulder problems broken by ledge rests. As a (sport) classic in its own right, it however feels to me to be a bit close to the ultra-classic Cruel Sister (trad) on the right.


Catwalk cliff (south side of the Crooked River). On the collumn just left of Cruel Sister.



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By Vernon Stiefel
Jun 11, 2006
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

This bolted basalt column is one of the best in the Lower and Upper Gorge. The technical aspect of the route is similar to "Try To Be Hip" but the difficult moves are slightly more powerful and more numerous.

Even though the route is adjacent to "Cruel Sister" it remains an independent line to the anchors.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Jun 9, 2011

Awesome TR after Cruel Sister. The top crux is a heartbreaker after the struggle below.
By CritConrad
From: Bend, OR
Apr 3, 2013

this routes doesn't seem to be insanely pumpy. But every time I come down from it, I feel about as exhausted as if I had just wrestled a bear.
By Alex Quitiquit
From: Salt Lake City
May 29, 2013
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

This thing is awesome!! Beat the crowds in the park and head to the lower gorge for some column slapping and airy compression moves.

The second bolt is just out of reach from the low clipping stance so don't blow it making the move to clip it... the ground seems pretty close there.
By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Mar 10, 2014
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

Also called Child Abuse in the Watt's book.

Having the draws hanging really helps on this one.
By Matt Farrell
From: Bend, Oregon
Oct 22, 2014
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Awesome route. Some of the best arete pinching you'll find anywhere.

Second bolt is awkwardly high. A double draw pre-hung is very very useful. If you're hanging the draws on lead, then you either have to be 6'6", or you have to stop in the middle of a quite hard move and clip with guaranteed groundfall if you blow it during the clip.
By Brett Yost
From: Bend, Oregon
Mar 1, 2015

Child Abuse was a long standing toprope prior to being bolted. It was renamed Catalyst after being bolted.
Like many classics in the lower, originally done before sticky rubber!
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