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Good gear the whole way, bring a good sized rack with a full set of stoppers and doubles in the finger sized pieces. Lots of finger-locking up corners. Finishes on steep holds just above a recently cut stump. Great climb!
update:7/31/2011- The stump has been removed thanks to the valiant efforts of Chris Hensen. This route used to be called Free at Last, now it's just Tatoosh. If instead of going up the dihedral, you break right half way up and head up the offwidth, it links into P2 of the original Tatoosh route(4 pitches long, goes all way the to the top of the wall). There's fun climbing on the original Tatoosh, really fun actually. I tried to clean it up a few years ago, but it was a FUNNEL of debris. I dug out the cracks on the upper pitches and loosed tons of blocks, but I imagine the 5.2 section getting to them is still packed with dirt.
Starts 3 feet right of Thin Fingers on the recently brushed dihedral.
Standard rack up to 2" inches, doubles in finger sized gear.
View of the upper layback from the top.
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Dan at the top of the chimney section of Tatoosh
Dec 21, 2008
You need a 70m rope to rap/lower/TR this one. You *might* be able to swing over to intermediate anchors on Thin fingers to get back to the ground if you only have a 60m.
Apr 19, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
Although this route may have been 10b before it was cleaned; with the bolt and the removal of the stump/major cleaning it feels like the easiest 10 at index...
|By Eric Fjellanger|
Jul 17, 2009
The description and name of this route seem to agree with Darryl Cramer's Sky Valley Rock, although it is now nice and clean.
This route seems to be what the Cummins Guide calls "Free at Last, 5.10b R".
Either way, a fun route!
|By Sherri Lewis|
From: Sequim, WA
Aug 11, 2011
This is one of my favorite routes at Index. A rewarding mix of crack, technical stemming, and a little chimney/offwidth thrown in for good measure.
|By Jessica T|
From: seattle, wa
Sep 30, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
Beautiful route, long and Technical fun.