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Celestial Groove

5.9+, Trad,  Avg: 3.4 from 111 votes
FA: Ron Cotman, Pauline Hsieh
Washington > Central-E Casca… > Icicle Creek > Snow Creek Area > Pearly Gates
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

Located on the left side of the Pearly Gates area, Celestial Groove heads up the crack/corner to the right of Poison Balance (5.11d, some bolts). It starts by pulling through a bulgy section and then follows a small corner with an excellent crack. The bulgy start is definitely the crux and the rest of the route is great cruiser jamming, overall a lot of fun.

Protection

Standard trad rack (to 2" will suffice). There are bolts/rap station at the top and you can lower off with a 60-m rope.

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Celestial Groove
[Hide Photo] Celestial Groove
Feet are kind of hard to come by as you start
[Hide Photo] Feet are kind of hard to come by as you start
J5 on Celestial Groove
[Hide Photo] J5 on Celestial Groove
Celestial Groove. Heading up the great corner crack after the bulgy section. (photo thanks to Matt Farmer)
[Hide Photo] Celestial Groove. Heading up the great corner crack after the bulgy section. (photo thanks to Matt Farmer)

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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] climbed this over labor day weekend, if you bailed off some interesting gear I could try and get it back to you. What happened? Sep 9, 2015
Jessica T
seattle, wa
 
[Hide Comment] It's all in the feet! Oct 7, 2015
Daniel Bookless
Portland, OR
  5.10a
[Hide Comment] Well deserving of the +
Not sure it's worthy of four stars May 13, 2016