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

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Paul Boving 1977
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Submitted By: Jesse James on Mar 14, 2006

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Tom Michael on the last traversing hands on ROTC.

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This excellent, dead vertical, splitter crack ranges from fingers to thin hands to perfect hands. The climb starts from an enormous ledge halfway up the center part of midnight rock.

Soft at the grade.


You can climb Steven's Pass Motel, Sting, or Wasp to reach the giant ledge.


Excellent gear the whole way. Gear to 2 inches.

Photos of ROTC Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Michael starting ROTC.
Tom Michael starting ROTC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just past the thin crux section below the alcove o...
Just past the thin crux section below the alcove o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Michael at start of ROTC.
Tom Michael at start of ROTC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Redpointing an outstanding pitch. Photo by Tom Mic...
Redpointing an outstanding pitch. Photo by Tom Mic...

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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 18, 2007

This is the best crack climb in the state of Washington.
By hummerchine
Aug 21, 2010

After over 30 years of extensive rock climbing, this could be the best pitch that I have done ANYWHERE! I was just up there today solo-toproping, did three laps. I'm guessing that I have done this pitch at least 150 times over the years...and it still rules!
By hummerchine
Aug 15, 2013

Led it yesterday...high humidity, DANG that felt hard with soaking wet hands!

Still rules!
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
May 19, 2014

So sad about Paul Boving. I think of him every time on Thin Fingers.
By kerwinl
Oct 15, 2014
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Anybody know if you can walk around and approach this pitch by rappelling in? The approach via dead end ledge was beater.
By Jon Nelson
Oct 15, 2014
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Hi Kerwin,

Tom (Hummerchine) has rapped in from the top. His comments are just above. Ask him -- I'm sure he would give you detailed beta.

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