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Rope de Dope Block

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Rope de Dope Block 


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Description 

The Rope de Dope Block is a solitary cube approximately 40ft. high that sits at the bottom of the hillside across the river from the main frontside climbing at Smith.

Often used by climbing schools, boy scout groups, and beginners, the Block provides easy access to a handful of fun topropes and easy leads.

A short bouldery scramble on the back side of the block is the best means for getting to the top to set up a top rope.


Getting There 

Take the main trail down from the parking lot, but before crossing the bridge over the river, find the trail leading to the left. Walk a few hundred yards to the block. A convenient trail also leads directly from the camping area to the Rope de Dope block.


11 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rope de Dope Block:
Mini Bender   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   
Low Blow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 35'   
Sting Like a Bee   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Float Like a Butterfly   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Morgantown   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Rope de Dope Block
Reaching for a draw to clip the second and crux bolt of the route.  (Note that even with the first bolt clipped a grounder is possible if the belayer is unattentive.)

Shamu 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  OR : Smith Rock : Rope de Dope Block
Tricky and strenuous moves highlight this climb. Given 5.8 in the 1992 guide, this route was listed at 5.9 in a posting by Alan Watts on crag.com back in 1999. A fun, short route that I'd give at the low end of 3 stars....[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

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By Bracken
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 9, 2008

Based on several resources and climbing there recently, I think the following is accurate:
Routes L -> R:

  • North Slab Crack 5.3
  • How low can you go? 5.6
  • Shamu 5.8
  • Immortal Beloved 5.8 (arete)
  • Low Blow 5.10b
  • Sleepy Town 5.10a
  • Float like a butterfly 5.10b
  • Rope-de-Dope crack 5.8
  • Morgantown 5.10b
  • Sting like a bee 5.10b/c
  • Amazing gliders 5.8
  • Mini Bender 5.9