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The Country Area  


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Location: 47.8196, -121.56917 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Peter Franzen, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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Description 

The Country Area is often less crowded than the Main Wall, and tends to be warmer when the sun is out. But the lower parts, particularly on the right side gets shade earlier in the day than the Lower and Upper Walls. So on a sunny day, it is warmer in the morning, cooler in late afternoon.

Getting There 

After you cross the train tracks, walk right along the tracks, following an access road. Soon, the road turns off to the left into an leveled, open area with a picnic table and an obvious tunnel, now sealed off.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.0 miles from here

39 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',8],['5.11',23],['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 Country Area:
Mourning Star   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   The Country
GM Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   The Country
Right Ventricle   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Cunning Stunt   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Zoom   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Tunnel Vision   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   The Country
Frank Presley   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Leave My Face Alone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Country
Hairway to Stephen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   The Country
Angora Grotto   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Country
Heart of the Country   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches   The Country
D is for Dictory   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Phone Calls from the Dead   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
Climax Control   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
Kite Flying Blind   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   The Country
Wham   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Country
Little Jupiter- Short Version   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Country
Spooner   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Country
Just say no to Frank Sinatra   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Country
Fifth Force   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 100'   The Country
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Featured Route For The Country Area
Before crux

Spooner 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  WA : Index : ... : The Country
A powerful start leads to a cruxy balance move. Sustained, delicate climbing leads past several small corners and a small roof to finish on a ledge.The fact that this route has been flashed by someone five feet tall (guess who) should be enough to silence any complaints about the reachy climbing. The crux is 100% Index and is more than enough to keep almost any ego in check.The second clip is powerful and a fall from that point would be a ground fall. Also, my diminutive 5'10" reach was just bar...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By Drewsky
Oct 30, 2009
ROCKFALL!!!

Within the past 2 years (2009), somewhat significant rockfall has affected the Country area. A large block landed about 100 feet from the wall next to the trail. Another block landed precisely where the belayer would typically stand for Zoom. More blocks fell into the creek area behind Zoom.

USE CAUTION AND CONSIDER WEARING A HELMET WHILE CLIMBING IN THIS AREA!!!
By Jon Nelson
Administrator
May 8, 2013
Someone pointed out a new scar (back in 2010), indicating that the blocks came off of Orc Tower. The tower is known to have loose blocks, so be particularly careful in that area.