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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Eric Fjellanger on Apr 27, 2010

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Launching up Catapult Photo courtesy of Jared

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You get a lot of bang for your buck on this fun climb. It's a dramatic-looking corner with a big roof right above the belay. Don't worry, it's all there.

You should probably build a gear anchor at the obvious ledge. Second pitch is low-fifth up to Logger's Ledge.


Directly above The Fault.


Various pro to 3"

Photos of Catapult Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake Evans above the overhangs on Catapult.
Jake Evans above the overhangs on Catapult.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Hartman climbing Catapult.
Matt Hartman climbing Catapult.

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
May 8, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

One of the best 5.8 routes anywhere.
1st ascent : James Stuart, B.D Nelson, 1963, done free at 5.8 while pounding pitons.
BEWARE of many loose rocks on the last pitch to Loggers ledge.
The bolted belay above the fault chimney was set up for Mr. Clean, it could be used, but I think it better to go higher and belay on nice platform at base of Catapult.
By drsoc
May 12, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I just climbed this route for the second time and agree, this is a really fun route!
By Quy
Jun 16, 2014

One of the best 5.8's I've ever lead. The first pitch's crux is a great move, but it'll feel harder due to the exposure. Some will get tunnel vision and focus only on the overhang but if you look down to your left, you see some great feet that might help you out.

We linked this route with fault which was OK. Decent chimney. I lead fault but missed the bolted anchors. I think I was working my way up the crack and had tunnel vision. If you're getting close to the overhang section, make sure to look to your left for the anchors. I ended up setting up natural anchors.

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