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The Blues Cliff

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Accidental Discharge S 
Black Cat Bone S 
Blue in the Face S 
Color of Pain, The S 
Cry Baby S 
Number 9 T 
Rhythm and Bolts S 
Starfish T,S 
Twelve Gauge IQ T 
Unicorn Blues S 
Written in Stone S 

The Blues Cliff Rock Climbing 


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Location: 47.81993, -121.5696 View Map  Incorrect?
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Unicorn draws first blood. (Unicorn Blues, 12a)

Description 

This cliff is the host of several great routes, containing anything from slabs to corners to roofs. Almost all of the climbs are bolted, even some cracks (yikes, when did this become acceptable at index???)

Getting There 

Take the trail from the country up some steep switchbacks past the boards on the trail, and a giant boulder. Take a left at an obvious fork(upper wall trail goes right), then two more lefts at subsequent forks.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Town Walls area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',5],['5.12',4],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Blues Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Blues Cliff:
Starfish   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Rhythm and Bolts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Written in Stone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Black Cat Bone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Twelve Gauge IQ   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Blues Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Accidental Discharge chases the flakes on the aret...

Accidental Discharge 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  WA : Index : ... : The Blues Cliff
On the far left side of the cliff is this deceptively easy looking slab/arete that provides one of the best pitches of the 'low angle' style at Index. Meander up ramps and cracks to the slab for 20' to the first bolt. There is a tree that can be slung along the way if desired. Once on the slab proper, clip bolts and climb classy, highly textured low angle rock past a couple of cruxes, one at the bottom and another higher up....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of The Blues Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.
Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.

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By Drewsky
Dec 30, 2008
There are a couple climbs in this area that have sections of sport-bolted cracks (Twelve Gauge IQ has a bit as well). Luckily this seems to be the exception rather than the rule, even at the predominantly bolted Blues Cliff.

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