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Till Broad Daylight 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ca 1985
Season: March-November
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Submitted By: Matt Perkins on Aug 12, 2007

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Miho U on Till Broad Daylight, pitch 3 (5.9).


The first two pitches of "Till Broad Daylight" (established as two pitches with an anchor at midpoint, but often done as just one pitch) offers and excellent introduction to Darrington rock. With only a single 60 meter rope, you can rappel these pitches, but for more slab-climbing goodness, continue on.

You can continue up and left, over the top of the great arch, for several more pitches of fun, knobby slab climbing. Presently, the next two pitches have 1/4" bolts, but the anchor at the top of pitch 3 now has new 3/8" stainless bolts.

From the top of pitch 2 (or 1, if you connect them), you can also link with The Kone, and do four more pitches of that route. For that, two ropes will be needed to rappel, and the rappel route will take an entirely different line down a route called "Tidbits" as these next four pitches traverse leftward.


'Till Broad Daylight is located on the South Buttress of Three O'Clock Rock. There are at least 30 climbs here, 5.6 to 5.11. To reach the rock, drive five miles up the Clear Creek logging road which departs the (paved) Mountain Loop Highway southeast of Darrington, stay to the right at a fork, and locate the Eightmile Creek trailhead with parking on the left and a trail sign/bulletin board on the right.

Hike the Eightmile Creek trail uphill through second growth and then tall timber, to where it exits the trees and crosses an old overgrown talus slope about 40 minutes from the car. A climbers trail leaves the hiking trail partway accross this open area, well before the hiking trail actually reaches the bottom of the rock slabs of the North Buttress of Three O'Clock Rock. Head up through the maples, bear left at the bottom of the rock, and in a couple hundred yards more the trail again meets the bottom of the rock. A large slab here is capped by an arching series of overhangs 200 feet above (the Great Arch).

'Till Broad Daylight starts on a bushy bench, twenty feet up and a hundred feet right of the base of the slabs below the Great Arch. Scramble up and right from the base of the Arch, or head back along the access trail and scramble up and left to reach the same point (slightly friendlier).

The Cornucopia Flake is an obvious left facing corner rising from the right end of this bench. This is an excellent 5.9 route with a fun 5.5 first pitch (chains, 40m, a good top-rope). The Kone is marked by a bolt on the face immediately left of Cornucopia, and another thirty feet left of there is the start of 'Till Broad Daylight."


This first pitch may use a bit of gear to 1 1/2" but maybe only one or two pieces.

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1st pitch of Till Broad Daylight.
1st pitch of Till Broad Daylight.
Linking pitches 1 & 2
Linking pitches 1 & 2

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By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Sep 14, 2008

The bolts on this route are all buttonheads, some of which are loose. The anchor has been retrobolted.
By Daniel Coltrane
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 6, 2012

as of May 26, 2012 all of the old 1/4" protection bolts have been replaced with 3/8" stainless steel wedge bolts for the first two pitches.
By Jon Nelson
Jul 14, 2014

The third pitch is really nice climbing, but has old, rusty 1/4" bolts.
The anchor at the top of this pitch has 4 old, rusty, and loose 1/4" bolts. The 4th pitch looks fantastic (I didn't do it, being freaked by the belay bolts...), but also appears to have old 1/4" bolts.

As mentioned above, the first two (or one full-length) pitches have nice 3/8" stainless bolts. Very fun.
By Jon Nelson
Aug 24, 2014

The anchor at the start of pitch 4 now has new bolts. They were replaced just a few days after my previous comment. Thanks Otto and partner.
By benegbers
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 9, 2015

Climbed this on 6/7/15. My partner lead it with a 70 meter rope and I was able to lower her to the ground after setting up TR anchors. I cleaned the TR anchor and rappelled with one rappel.
By Mark Straub
From: Everett, WA
Jul 3, 2015

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to upgrading bolts on this route! Climbed this yesterday, and all 5 pitches have stainless steel belay bolts. Pitch 3 has 1/4" buttonheads on route, and pitch 4 has 1/4" buttonheads for the first half until it joins The Kone, when the bolts switch to stainless steel.

If you are not comfortable climbing on 1/4" buttonheads, the first two pitches are great quality and highly enjoyable in their own right. The last three pitches are also great if you are comfortable on older bolts.
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