Login with Facebook
Parade Rock
Select Route:
Parade Rest T 
Soft Parade T 
Mountain Project has launched a new site: Powder Project, and we're giving away loads of gear, including skis & Oakley goggles. Check it out!

Soft Parade 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: John Wilke, 1982
Season: Summer
Page Views: 1,257
Submitted By: Wade Griffith on Jan 26, 2006

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (13)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Inspiring, one send at a time.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


This route is right of Parade Rest. It has a gently overhanging, tight hands and rattly fingers crux at the beginning. It eases up to some 5.9 near the top. Metolius rap bolts are located to the right of the crack at the top. This is a classic that doesn't see the crowds. It is worth the hike, since you can combine this, Old Dog's New Trick, and Women's Work for a killer Vedauwoo fingers shredding.


(1) #0.5, (3) #0.75, (1) #1 Camalot sizes.

Photos of Soft Parade Slideshow Add Photo
Sooo good, me next, me next.
Sooo good, me next, me next.
Rob Phares on Soft Parade, August 2009.
Rob Phares on Soft Parade, August 2009.

Comments on Soft Parade Add Comment
Show which comments
By Justin Edl
May 17, 2006

This thing is short (not 50 feet, more like 35), but it is one of the best cracks at Vedauwoo. It's a perfect flared splitter, and a great one for learning how to jam thin flared overhanging cracks. This is a must do on the hard crack tour of Vedauwoo.

Personally I would drop the #1 Camalots, I'm not so sure they will fit. A .5 Friend is useful at the very bottom, then doubles of 1.25 and 1.5 Friends will sew it up.
By erik rieger
From: Nederland, CO
Oct 3, 2012

Bob said it's called "Soft Parade" because of a discussion with his partner about route names that contain oxymorons—the route in question being "Quiet Riot." Bob said he was convinced "Soft Parade" qualified as an oxymoron, even though his partner disagreed. The name stuck as a jest at his partner for disagreeing with him.
By Justin Edl
Aug 21, 2014

A worthy note regarding the grade of this route is it was originally done without sticky rubber using by today's standards clunky toed shoes. This is likely why this feels relatively soft compared to hand/fist cracks and OWs at the same grade at Vedauwoo by today's standards.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!