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Natural Log Cabin 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a R [details]
FA: Daryl Cramer, Nicola Masciandaro, and Terry Lien
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Submitted By: Jesse James on Mar 13, 2006

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Topping out on Natural Log Cabin (11+).

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This rarely done gem is definitely my favorite single pitch climb on the lower wall. Runout 5.10 climbing leads to a bolt and some fun 5.11 face moves. Next is a flared hand crack that can be liebacked (hard to place gear this way), which leads to a good rest and a bolt. Step right into a spectacular corner with bolts. Stem and lieback your way to the chains. May be a little reachy, and probably easier for tall people. Lowering is not recommended due to lots of rope drag.

Note: A standard 70 meter rope will not reach the ground if lowering.


This is the next route to the right of Godzilla P1. The orignal pitch called Deal with it ranger goes straight up a chimney where Natural log cabin cuts right into the bolted corner.



About the name 

Natural log cabin was a bit of mathematical humor in the form of graffiti in the internationally famous 1st floor men's room of the old UW Physics building. It was in the stall against the wall, I believe. I heard that before they moved out, and transferred the building to Administration, someone went in and carefully photographed all the old graffiti.

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Rock Climbing Photo: in the bottomless corner
in the bottomless corner
Rock Climbing Photo: finishing up the 11b crack section
finishing up the 11b crack section
Rock Climbing Photo: looking up into the awesome bottomless corner of n...
BETA PHOTO: looking up into the awesome bottomless corner of n...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pinching the arete on Natural Log Cabin
Pinching the arete on Natural Log Cabin

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By Scott W
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 12, 2008
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13

If you aren't 6'3" and built like a bear as Jesse is this route is going to feel hard for the grade...5.11c is defintanly a sandbag...not as bad as some sandbags at Index, but definantly up there. And the first 30 feet is 5.10 R/X...though feels more PG-13/R.

It also seeps like crazy till it's had a solid week in the sun.
By Drewsky
Jul 3, 2008

I love this climb. I always used to approach it by moving in from the start of Godzilla as opposed to the direct start. On one occasion, a hold broke in the 5.10 section while I was fully locked off on it and it was a pretty close call, within 5 feet of the ground. I whipped on my only cam and it wasn't the greatest placement. I've since determined that there is better gear on the direct version that makes getting to the first bolt more reasonable but still a bit run-out: you still don't want to fall in the vicinity of the bolt. The direct start is unprotected for about 20 feet and seems always to be a bit dirty. Finally, if you're shorter than 5'6" or have a short reach, clipping the first bolt without a pre-hung draw/sling may prove to be very committing.
By Ol' Toby
From: WA
Jul 25, 2013
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Superb, four-star pitch with several cruxes separated by good rests. The hanging dihedral is both technical and powerful with surprisingly good feet, but it ain't over til you pull the final layback moves with a solid pump on board.
By derekpearson
Aug 2, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R

I rapelled this route 7/29 with a 70 but had to down climb the first move so it can be done with a 70 carefully.
By Jon Nelson
Sep 30, 2014

The name came from the oft-admired graffiti in the 1st-floor men's room in the old UW Physics building (RIP).
By Douglas T
Apr 13, 2016
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R

Alex Honnold called it "The Hardest 11d in the World".

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