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Catwalk 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b R

   
Type:  Trad, 8 pitches, 1000', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Margo Young, Joe Frani 1975
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Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 19, 2004

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Description 

This route ascends an obvius crack system in upper Oak Creek Canyon.

Approach: Ascent Oak Creek until large pine trees are reached. The route can be seen on the right (sunny) side of the canyon and follows a prominant left slanting crack system.

Pitch 1: Scramble up and right up easy slabs to attain the lower reaches of the crack system. Belay in the crack below some small overhangs.

Pitches 2 - 6: Follow the crack, with occasional hanging belays, upward to the base of a steep wall.

Pitch 7: Follow smaller cracks in the wall through excellent rock to the summit. Cautious climbers may want to stay roped up for another pitch.

Descent: Work left to slabs leading to the head of Oak Creek and then down to the base of the route. A very easy descent by Vegas standards. After the first pitch we saw no fixed anchors at all; retreat would be difficult.

Notes: Pitches 1 - 3 contain some fairly serious runouts at the 5.4 level. This is not a good route for a 5.6 leader! The rock on the lower part of the route is not the best either. The best climbing is the headwall at the top of the route - an excellent pitch.

Routefinding is not a problem - once you settle into the crack system things are quite obvious. The Red Book mentions an easier alternative to the final pitch on the right.

A very long approach for a climb with only a few really good pitches.

Protection 

Standard Vegas trad rack


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steve on pitch 4 or 5
steve on pitch 4 or 5
This is the fixed gear bottom of the first belay.
This is the fixed gear bottom of the first belay.
P girl crushin' the last pitch of Catwalk.
P girl crushin' the last pitch of Catwalk.
The crux, and very classic, 5.6 pitch. Taken by B. Krijger.
BETA PHOTO: The crux, and very classic, 5.6 pitch. Taken by B....
me on pitch 5 or 6
me on pitch 5 or 6

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By Roy Morris
Mar 27, 2004

On the bottom of first pitch belay we clipped a funky looking piece of home made fixed gear. We couldn't read a name off it but it was bomber! You can see a picture of this if you like at my site finalhour.ca/03182004.htm

As a side note the third from last pitch contains a very exciting right leaning chimney. Step out onto the face beside the chimney and follow this until you can move left back into the chimney. Watch out for cactus on the next move above!

Over all the climb was pleasant and well worth the 2 1/2 approach.
By John Peterson
Mar 27, 2004

Glad you had a good time on Catwalk. If you're going to walk all the way up there I think that Coltrane is a better route. Although it's 5.9, it's no more serious that Catwalk. The crux is a bolted friction move and most of the climb is 5.7 or so with decent pro. Since it's not in Swain there's nobody on it. The Red Book description is pretty good though. If you're fast you can get up both in a day. I'd add it to the database but it's been a long time since I've done it. Unfortunately I don't think it's been rebolted.

John
By Brian in SLC
Mar 22, 2009
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

We belayed our first pitch about 15 feet up and in the heucos (thread through a hole for a belay anchor). We got pro in a couple of shallow cracks on the "5.4R" pitch (making it not R rated methinks). Stretched the rope out 60m to combo this and the next pitch all the way to the pothole belay (big stoppers for a great anchor). Stretched the rope on the next pitch all the way past the bushes 60m+ to a nice stance. Climbed the 5.5 pitch into the big right facing corner all the way up to a nice level trough for a belay (med cams). This set up the chimney pitch nicely, also ending on a nice ledge below the "money" pitch.

Point being, no hanging belays.

I thought the route deserved a couple of stars and is a fairly worthy objective. Only one or two of the pitches (or parts of them) weren't great, the rest was pretty fun climbing. Much longer route than Coltrane but climbs faster. Nice line.

Took set of stoppers and single cams from #1 TCU through #4 camalot (which we placed a couple of times).

Oh, and, this would be a 5.6 route for 5.8 leaders (!).

-Brian in SLC
By Matthew Geyer
Apr 26, 2011

here is a trip report from a spring 2011 ascent.

cf. supertopo.com/tr/Catwalk-Oak-C...
By Ben Townsend
Nov 9, 2013

What Brian said, except that his rope must be longer than mine. Seemed about 65 meters from the thread to the pothole, and about 70 meters from the pothole to the nice ledge above the bushes. The chimney pitch is about 150', depending where you belay, not 80' per the guidebook. Really fun, adventurous route, with an alpine feel uncommon for Red Rocks. We took a standard rack to #3, and never felt like the gear was problematic.