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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  


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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



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Blues Cliff:
Black Cat Bone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Twelve Gauge IQ   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Twelve Gauge IQ 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  WA : Index : ... : The Blues Cliff
Starts with a flake and knobs left of the start to Black Cat Bone. A steep start leads to lower angle climbing to a corner. Climb the discontinuous finger crack in the corner past *ahem* 3 or 4 bolts to a roof. Turn the crux roof (.12) to steeper climbing above on jugs. You can catch some good air on this one in a couple of places if you fall! Stellar route; the bolted crack climbing on this one isn't quite as flagrant as on its neighbor. Easier than other .12c's at the area, so I gave...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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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.