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Routes in Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister Cliff)

5 Deadly Venoms S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Clicking Barnacles S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crystal Ship S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Grog Supply T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Julia the Viking Queen S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Magic Cutlass T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Nailed It! S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Our Typhoon Rhythm T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Oyster Odyssey S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Pale Young Eels S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pink Medusa T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rat Poo Poo S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Saffron Spider S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Smoke On the Water S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spawning Effort T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Elevation: 145 ft
GPS: 48.624, -122.448 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Charnie on Aug 7, 2010 with updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Also known as Governor Lister Cliff, this is a little sandstone cliff just above Chuckanut Drive. It is an overhanging wall with multiple routes for sport climbers. Lots of bolted up routes. Usually fairly uninhabited during the weekdays and even on the weekends you might see a handful of people there. Climbs range from 5.5 to 5.12 and from 30 to 70 feet. Some of the rock even stays dry during rainy weather! Great place for a day trip.

Getting There

From Bellingham, take Chuckanut Dr south past Larrabee St Park, go a little past mile marker 12 (0.2 mi, just around a sharp bend) and you will see a turn off on a corner marked with arrows.

Pull over to the right and park. Cross the road to the giant boulder and go up the trail. The trail meanders up gullies, crossing creeks over mossy old growth logs, then has a few switchbacks and a mossy slab. Go up the fixed rope and then the trail levels out and you'll be there. Turn left here to contour to the base. 15 minutes.

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Took a little trip to scout this area out on a rainy day and its pretty incredible how dry the overhang keeps some of the pitches! Bouldering around the base was pumpy and fun in some sections as well! Sadly I may have lost a black diamond screw gate caribiner somewhere on the trail to the right of the cliffs going to the top to check out the view. If anyone frequiting the area spots one please give me a shout out. Thank you! Nov 16, 2016
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
What's up with the anchor situation here??? Three bolt anchors with chains... un-equalized quick clip anchors and two bolt anchors with old webbing and a rap ring all within feet of each other. Jul 24, 2016
Got out for a couple hours and checked out this crag while in town for the weekend. No wasps seen, nor people. Cool spot with steep routes! Bolts were a little run out in places in my opinion. Sep 14, 2015
Head's up: wasp nest located on uphill side of 2nd fallen tree. Don't follow nails down the side. Climb log up, and offload higher up the trail to avoid pissing these buggers off and getting stung. Jul 9, 2015
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
I moved individual comments over here from a duplicate posting except those from 2009 and before. Comments from 2007 through 2009 are reproduced below:

By Scott Clifford
From: Tallahassee, FL
Nov 19, 2007
Be careful leaving your car here. People enjoy breaking windows and stealing valuables from cars left on Chuckanut (even in daylight hours).

By smassey
From: CO
Jul 6, 2009
There will be a little anchor replacement going on here this summer. If anyone actually climbs here, any donations towards hardware would be appreciated. Feel free to drop them at the AAI shop.

By smassey
From: CO
Jul 19, 2009
Surprisingly decent climbing. Kind of thought-provoking movement. A good stop if you're in the area. Also, if the folks using it could pack out their cigarette butts, that'd be great.

By Justin Slagle
From: Palm Desert, CA
Jul 23, 2009
Was up there the other day, a guy was there replacing a lot of the old bolts and hangers. Only had time for a couple routes, did grog supply and saffron spider, the climbs seemed legit for their grade, might even bump them up a grade each. Great climbs though, good times. Feb 3, 2014
Marblemount, WA
calvino   Marblemount, WA
New routes and anchor replacement has been going on this year. Lots of climbing, a warm up sport lead far left goes at 5.5, a sweet 5.12(?) through the roof right of saffron spider, and an extension to clicking barnacles. Anyone want to make a topo, so that people have a chance of knowing what route they are on? Jan 9, 2014
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
Discovering the cliff from my kayak whilst on a paddle, the outcrop got it's name from Julia, my lovely wife for 25 years. Dec 30, 2013
travis lang
travis lang   alexandria,mn
Be careful on the approach to the cliff! While leaving the other day from the cliff we discovered a rather large nest bees/wasps. The nest seems to be under the roots of the large tree at the top of the roped section and movement from the rope is enough to draw them out in rather large numbers. Anyone planing on climbing here soon should take cation or bring a can of raid. Aug 22, 2013
michael faith
Bellingham, WA
michael faith   Bellingham, WA
Bring a helmet. Every now and then holds pop off. Jul 10, 2013
smassey   CO
I don't mind updating beta. If you and the other lads can figure out how it should be handled administratively, I'll post some more pix, as I can, and update the beta.
Haha, I've got a 1/2"x5" SS bolt for the crux of Smoke on the Water. That route is so cool. Plus, I've got a mess of other SS, which should be nice, given the climate there. May 9, 2011
smassey   CO
Great little crag! Thanks to Matthias Holladay for putting these routes up! Just a heads-up for those who may climb Smoke on the Water. The 3-bolt 5.8 version is the retro-bolted start to the full route, which feels about 11c. Also, the now 3rd bolt was placed in a detached block, so I would not recommend falling on it. If anyone is interested in helping with the rebolting work, feel free to PM me. I'll be in the Ham this summer with a Bosch and a pile of ASCA hardware. BTW, if these routes feel scarier than sport routes, it's because they're trad climbs. Even if they are mostly bolted, they were put up with a trad mindset, so you have to know how to place gear on quite a few of these routes.

ps. So I don't have to rewrite every comment about these routes, if you would like more relevant beta, feel free to consult Matthias' original Julia's Outcrop page. May 8, 2011
smassey   CO
If folks are climbing here, beware the new third bolt on Smoke on the Water. It is placed in a large detached block by persons unknown. Also, that route is not completely bolted - see description for specifics.
It would be great if the person who placed the new bolts could PM me. It would be nice to finish rebolting the rest of this fun crag, but we should discuss proper bolt placement. Cheers, Scott Jun 22, 2010
Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
Jason Chinchen   Bend, Oregon
These are the worst route descriptions ever. I have no idea what I climbed...Not really worth the hike either. May 24, 2010
Here's a rough map showing the turnoff and trail. It was done with a cell phone's GPS so take it with a grain of salt.

Rough trail map Oct 12, 2009

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