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St. Mary's Traverse 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Aug 1, 2006

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A Portland buildering classic. It's almost a full city block long, and it would extend for the entire block if it weren't for an impassable doorway covered in plywood towards the end. No move is harder than V3 or so, but it's long enough to warrent the 5.12 rating.

It traverses a long retaining wall below the parking lot of the St. Mary's Acadamy school.

The route features thin crimps throughout, and contains a tricky crux off of a mono pocket and another thin crux at the end. It's a great place to stop by while downtown and it can be pretty effective at building endurance for the pumpy crimpy sport climbs in Oregon.


On the west side of SW 4th between Market St. and Mill St.


Nothin' needed.

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By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 6, 2009

This actually no longer exists. The entire wall has been torn down due to reconstruction of the parking lot.