Description

The Rope de Dope Block is a solitary cube approximately 40ft. high that sits at the bottom of the hillside across the river from the main frontside climbing at Smith.

Often used by climbing schools, boy scout groups, and beginners, the Block provides easy access to a handful of fun topropes and easy leads.

A short bouldery scramble on the back side of the block is the best means for getting to the top to set up a top rope.

Getting There

Take the main trail down from the parking lot, but before crossing the bridge over the river, find the trail leading to the left. Walk a few hundred yards to the block. A convenient trail also leads directly from the camping area to the Rope de Dope block.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rope de Dope Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Rope de Dope Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 127
Shamu
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 99
Mini Bender
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 93
Low Blow
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 90
Float Like a Butterfly
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 98
Morgantown
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 76
Sting Like a Bee
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rope de Dope Crack
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Shamu
 127
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Mini Bender
 99
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Low Blow
 93
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Float Like a Butterfly
 90
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Morgantown
 98
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sting Like a Bee
 76
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Bracken Christensen
Boulder, CO
Bracken Christensen   Boulder, CO
Based on several resources and climbing there recently, I think the following is accurate:
Routes L -> R:
  • North Slab Crack 5.3
  • How low can you go? 5.6
  • Shamu 5.8
  • Immortal Beloved 5.8 (arete)
  • Low Blow 5.10b
  • Sleepy Town 5.10a
  • Float like a butterfly 5.10b
  • Rope-de-Dope crack 5.8
  • Morgantown 5.10b
  • Sting like a bee 5.10b/c
  • Amazing gliders 5.8
  • Mini Bender 5.9
Oct 9, 2008
Amber Worthington
Bellingham
Amber Worthington   Bellingham
I found a ring at Rope De Dope block on February 9. Message me if you lost one! Feb 10, 2018