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Favorite v4s in Leavenworth


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Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20

Looking to get my first outside v4 this season so I was wondering what your favorite v4s are?

I spent a bit of time on The Real Thing in Forestland last time I was out there and seems doable for me so that will be one I'm trying out for sure. What other super fun v4s are there out there?

frankstoneline · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 20

The real thing, the physical and the rib are the ones that come to mind the quickest!

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

I don't know if its a 4 or five but I love me some arrested Development.

Connor Mullady · · Leavenworth, WA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 10

It's a 5, but footless traverse is a perfect project!

Matthew Tangeman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2015 · Points: 35

Tigerlily! Straightforward moves, just hang on and enjoy some of the most unique rock in Leavy.

The Fridge is perfect for quick sessions/projing after work.

I also second Footless Traverse, while it is a 5, the holds are big and you can work any section of it from the ground since it is, well, a traverse.

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20

I don't see Tigerlily on MP, I'm guessing it is in the leavenworth book?

bmxanddie · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115

The fridge center is a great v4. It is the first area down the icicle on the right.

s kf · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Definitely Fridge center, though to me it felt noticeably easier than The Real Thing. Maybe more my style. The Fridge arete (right side) is tricky but really fun and listed at V4+ on MP. The Pocket at Mad Meadows is also a cool climb that is a soft V4. On the other side, Arrested Development at Forestland is listed at V3 but as you can see in the comments can be topped out with a V4-5 variation. Scary either way, despite the perfect landing!

Have fun!

TripBrannen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 50

I know this is an old thread but I just came across it and have to add Darth Maul to the list for anyone else that ends up here. Thought it was a hard V4 and the top out is no joke but it's an awesome problem. Few pads and a spotter are probably a good idea. Definitely worth the trip to mountain home in my opinion.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Not sure why, but I never tried "the physical".  Terrible landing but super awesome awkward movement.  Forest lands. 

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Skf wrote: Definitely Fridge center, though to me it felt noticeably easier than The Real Thing. Maybe more my style. The Fridge arete (right side) is tricky but really fun and listed at V4+ on MP. The Pocket at Mad Meadows is also a cool climb that is a soft V4. On the other side, Arrested Development at Forestland is listed at V3 but as you can see in the comments can be topped out with a V4-5 variation. Scary either way, despite the perfect landing! Have fun!

I ended up getting 3 so far on my outings. The Real Thing, Toto, and Fridge Center. I flashed Fridge Center, and I agree it felt soft but maybe just more to my style.

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
TripBrannen wrote:

I know this is an old thread but I just came across it and have to add Darth Maul to the list for anyone else that ends up here. Thought it was a hard V4 and the top out is no joke but it's an awesome problem. Few pads and a spotter are probably a good idea. Definitely worth the trip to mountain home in my opinion.

I was in this area last year. The star wars boulder is super scary. I should probably check it out again, though. 

Yosoymilk · · Bellingham · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 15

I'm not much of a boulderer, but I spend a fair amount of time in Leavenworth. Talking with a friend during a twilight fridge sesh, we realized that Leavenworth is the place to be to climb v4's & 5's. The Rib is a project that you will never forget. It feels way hard for V4 though.

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Yosoymilk wrote:

I'm not much of a boulderer, but I spend a fair amount of time in Leavenworth. Talking with a friend during a twilight fridge sesh, we realized that Leavenworth is the place to be to climb v4's & 5's. The Rib is a project that you will never forget. It feels way hard for V4 though.

That's another one I've taken a look at and was just like... "nope." 

The Footless Traverse is one I'm going to check out the next time I'm out there. The Pocket also looks doable for me but the landing is pretty terrible.

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 681

This was our Klettergarten scorecard.  Just added all of them for context. 


Ace - seemingly overlooked and underrated.

Sunshine Daydream - meh but cool area

Gatorade Bowling Ball - cool lil' obscurity 

The Rib - One of the best of any grade - DO THIS ONE! The dihedral just to the left is a 5 but really good too

Giant Man - Super soft but really really good. The big left foot broke which makes it a little closer to 4.

Tiger Lily Right - Soft but one of the best - DO THIS ONE and then try the equally good TL Left.

Twisted Tree - pretty dabby at the end but a good problem

Ice Grip - kinda obscure but a great circuit problem

Ice House - over-rated but pretty fun and good for circuit mileage.

Bear Hug - cool holds and very doable for a 5

Swordfish - fun lil' turd

The Pocket - pretty soft but really fun

The Undercling - a bit vague at the end but a quality climb 

The Real Thing - probably one of the hardest 4's up there and a bit over rated quality IMO

Toto - High quality lil' turd

Arrested Development - How this thing gets stars is baffling to me.

The Physical - Kinda soft and IMO pretty meh

The Fridge Center - always fun

Fridge Right - contrived yet fun 



Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Mike Brady wrote:

This was our Klettergarten scorecard.  Just added all of them for context. 

The Real Thing - probably one of the hardest 4's up there and a bit over rated quality IMO


I keep seeing people say that it was hard for the grade or one of the harder v4s. I guess maybe it was just my style or something. Yeah it was hard, but once you get the sequence down it seemed perfectly fine. 

I'll have to check out Tigerlilly. A few people have mentioned it now. 

Ndumont · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 30

The Maudra right above the bulletin board was my favorite v4-5. Super fun movement to an exciting mantle, and you will most likely have the boulder to yourself. 

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 681
Stanley Baker wrote:

I keep seeing people say that it was hard for the grade or one of the harder v4s. I guess maybe it was just my style or something. Yeah it was hard, but once you get the sequence down it seemed perfectly fine. 

I'll have to check out Tigerlilly. A few people have mentioned it now. 

I guess "hard" probably isn't the right word. I will rephrase with "it is one of the more technically demanding 4's" :) 

Tiger Lily is awesome and worth getting to.

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Mike Brady wrote:

I guess "hard" probably isn't the right word. I will rephrase with "it is one of the more technically demanding 4's" :) 

I'd agree with that. Figuring out the beta took me a couple days (so many chalked holds and feet!).

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

To add another fun 4, I never looked at In the Forest lands until Monday, "Fiend it Like Crack".  A hard start if you have big fingers followed by an awesome slopey lip traverse to a high juggy top out.

Stanley Baker · · Seattle, WA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 20
Dan Cooksey wrote:

To add another fun 4, I never looked at In the Forest lands until Monday, "Fiend it Like Crack".  A hard start if you have big fingers followed by an awesome slopey lip traverse to a high juggy top out.

I've been looking at that one and Feel The Pinch, actually, since I go to Forestland pretty often.

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