Type: Sport, 55 ft
FA: Leo Henson & Paul Boulet
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Shared By: Orphaned on May 25, 2006
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"Popeye" is one of, if not THE, most popular routes at The Pit. The bottom section, rated 5.9, is very popular with moderate climbers as a warm-up or beginning lead. The upper section (responsible for the 10d rating) isn't nearly as good and rarely gets done.

Take care when belaying a leader on this route as you could both take a heckuva fall if they pile off the starting moves before clipping the first bolt.

NOTE: The quality rating here refers soley to the lower 5.9 section of the route!


Popeye is the left-most route that starts off the lower level of the Mall Wall. Super pocketed face.


Bolts, chains with Mussy hooks.


Tavis Ricksecker  
First 'pitch' is classic, but the top is good too.. Not nearly as chossy as I had imagined, high, and exposed. Worth doing at least once.

5.9 to the first anchor
10d to the top Jul 26, 2007
Andrew R
Andrew R   Arizony
Finally did the top part of this yesterday. It's a lot of fun and much different than the bottom, with cool stemming moves a lot less obvious than the bucket-hauling on the first "pitch." We ran the whole thing on a 60m rope and had a couple meters to spare, drag wasn't too much of an issue. There is one runout with bad fall potential on easy terrain in the second section. Feb 29, 2008
Nathan Scherneck
Portland, OR
Nathan Scherneck   Portland, OR
We created a thread-through anchor 5' right of the route with the tail end of the rope for the belayer. Sep 26, 2010
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
I dont recomend the second pitch.A loose rock about the size of a softball smashed me in my dome peace...ended our day. Oct 7, 2010
J Mo
Tucson, AZ
J Mo   Tucson, AZ
2nd pitch good. 1st ok Sep 15, 2012
Christian Shope
Christian Shope   Tacoma
If you like technical climbing and stemming don't miss the top of Popeye! Mar 5, 2013
Alan Rader
Indianapolis, IN
  5.10d PG13
Alan Rader   Indianapolis, IN
  5.10d PG13
Love it. Climbed on a Wednesday and no one else at the pit at all. Huge run out top section below last bolt. There is a new bolt out left a few feet below the anchors, not needed and not sure why it is there. Sep 16, 2015