Type: Trad
FA: Don Harder, Donn Heller
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Shared By: Lizzy Trower on Jan 26, 2006 with updates from Gabe O'Leary
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Another Index classic.
Godzilla is the crack/corner system immediately right of City Park (5.13c), a fairly obvious landmark.

P1: (5.9) Start in a shallow right-facing groove/face, just right of being directly below the obvious City Park crack. Climb up and trend left to the big flake at the start of the main crack/corner system. Continue up the obvious right-facing corner-crack system and then traverse left along some ledges up to a bolted belay/rap station.

There are several variations to this pitch.
Bottom: (10b) Start further left, climb the City Park bolt ladder.

Middle: (10a) Right after the flake, go straight up into the corner instead of laybacking out right.

Top: Move left early. There are several points to do this.

You need a 70m rope to rap down from the belay.

P2: (10b) (AKA "Leaping Lizards") - Move right from the anchor, clip a bolt, right again, then head up a crack to a v-slot with a pin and another bolt. Step right (3rd bolt) and stem/mantle to the chains.

From here, there are also pitches that go further right to the top of Natural Log Cabin and the base of Salad Fingers.

P3: There is a third pitch. Please tell if you've done it, and we'll update this info.


Standard trad rack to 3", bolted belay/rap station
Jesse James
Knoxville, TN
Jesse James   Knoxville, TN
A really fun variation called "Bambi" steps left via a long reach and a mantle about 15 feet before the regular leftward traverse. This probably makes it 5.10-, and is a more direct line. Even better than the original godzilla, which is already ultra classic. Apr 15, 2006
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
A great pitch! You can rap/lower is a single 70m rope. Nuts and two sets of cams from TCUs to #3. Long slings helpful. If you're not comfortable jamming, the flake section may seem harder than 5.9! Jul 2, 2006
Chris Duca
Downingtown, PA
Chris Duca   Downingtown, PA
Stellar line on impeccable rock. It is possible to rap this route with one 60m rope. I did it today. We used an intermediate anchor (the anchor for Batskins) about 60 feet off the deck and to the climbers left when facing Godzilla. Note: The anchor I am talking about, however, is NOT the anchor roughly 30 feet below and also to the left of the top of Godzilla. Jul 29, 2008
P2 - 5.10b - Move right from the anchor, clip a bolt, right again, then head up a crack to a v-slot with a pin and another bolt. Step right (3rd bolt) and stem/mantle to the chains. (this is also called "Leapin' Lizards")

You can DEFINITELY reach the ground in one rappel from P1 with a 60m rope. Just go straight to the ground and you'll be fine, its 30m straight down. 60m ropes aren't long enough to have the leader lower off the ground, so belay from the anchors. Dec 21, 2008
A mixed line of retrobolts and gear leaves the first pitch anchor on Godzilla and angles up and right to a belay above Natural Log Cabin/Deal with it Ranger. This is called The Cidiot (I believe; FA Tom Ramier, Tom Coe). That first ascent info may be incorrect. Much of the climbing is incidental to the actual second pitch of Godzilla , aka Leaping Lizards (.10a/b). This pitch is used to access Salad Fingers (.11b/c). Protection is well-spaced at times. Dec 28, 2008
Just an excellent route. Combined with 2nd pitch City Park and Slow Children is so good. May 11, 2009
Ethan Henderson
Silverdale, WA
Ethan Henderson   Silverdale, WA
Awesome route!
Lots of great rests to place gear.
The last couple moves are really cool especially the step across.

I would recommend a single rack with double 2's. Aug 28, 2012
Super good pitch if you can get on it.

The only knock on it is what's also good about it. There are a bunch of huge rests on this. There's even a no hands rest just before the leftward traverse at the top.

Basically if you're placing gear from anything other than a comfy rest with fat holds then you are doing something wrong. Apr 2, 2013
Fun climb, was able to rap off with a 60m rope (actually like 58m had to chop the end) but yeah you have to belay from the top not the bottom (no TR laps) and we just barely got down with stretch to a bulge left of the start that you can step down from. double rack to .3 to #2 was fine for me, would have liked another .5 instead of the overcamed .75 i had, and I ran out the start for lack of more small gear. GF climbed it later and placed a 3rd #2 down low and a #3 (actually i told her to only bring 2 #2 so she ran out at the top and was all :[ but she woulda placed another if it wasn't in the pack lol) Jan 10, 2016
Pawel Janowski
Pawel Janowski   WA
We TR'd with a 60m. Just be very careful. The 60 is sufficient for the climber to reach the pedestal to the left (where City Park begins) if the belayer walks up to the wall (if you continue to sit on the comfy tree, it won't reach ;).

5.9 is a fair grade. Wouldn't say it's sandbagged at all, just very consistent. May 16, 2016
Jimmy Downhillinthesnow
Bozeman, Montana
Jimmy Downhillinthesnow   Bozeman, Montana
Rumor has it that a very famous climber was lowered off the end of his 60m rope on this not too long ago. He's fine, but the landing could be ugly so if you want to tempt fate, tie a knot.

Brand new quick-clips up top, thank you to whoever put them in! They seem to be sprouting up lots of places at Index and I'm a fan. Just keep in mind that they're not standard everywhere, be prepared to rap, and don't TR through them. I've seen how fast they wear through at Rumney. Jun 8, 2016
Jeremy Park
Seattle, WA
Jeremy Park   Seattle, WA
The 2nd pitch of this Leaping Lizards definitely needs to get climbed more. Super fun moves with the bolt protected crux's. Yes please! Jun 15, 2017
Nate Redon
Seattle, WA
Nate Redon   Seattle, WA
Leaping Lizards is currently clean and very good, it deserves more traffic! You can link it from the ground for a long fun pitch and then head to slow children or NAD. Jul 5, 2017
Serge Smirnov
Seattle, WA
Serge Smirnov   Seattle, WA
PG first ~5m off the ground (but a tricam might work). Jul 24, 2018
Hobo Greg
My Van
Hobo Greg   My Van
Stellar route, but barely 5.8 if you know how to climb cracks ;) Aug 8, 2018