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A Necessary Evil T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ali Booto T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Barefoot Flamingo in China T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Barefoot in China Town T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bruce Lee Vs. The Kiss Army T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R
Cat Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Chalk up Another One T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Clean Starts T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Corn Flakes T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Corner Crack T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Edge, The T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fear of Flying T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Flying Circus T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Geritol T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gross Incompetence T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jigsaw Flow, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Kangaroo Corner T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Layback Flake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Little Baby, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mouse Trap T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Neat and Clean T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Neat and Cool T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Neat and Cool Offwidth T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
On My Way To The Liquor Store T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pink Flamingo T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Psychopath V3 6A
Raging Duck S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Repeat When Necessary T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sally Five Fingers T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stumps T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tales From the Gripped V4 6B
There You Go Andy T,S,TR 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Tree Beard T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Twisted S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Who Needs Apps T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Dick Mitten, Dave Lane 1977
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Shared By: Michael John Gray on Jul 30, 2006
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Description

This is a sustained fingercrack and a great climb. Its often toproped but I found it to be a fine lead. Its rock is rather polished from TR traffic.

Location

Its on the main wall of neat and cool left of the overhang and right of the dihedral the crack looks awesome splitting the face.

Protection

Nuts, smaller cams.. you'll figure it out.
Joshua Thompson
Seattle, Washington
 
Joshua Thompson   Seattle, Washington
 
This was one of my funnest climbs at Smoke Bluffs. Temps were in the 80's so it was plenty hot but didn't actually have any issues. Great locks, great gear! A must do! Oh, and if Neat and Cool is a 10a, then this route is a 5.8... just saying Jun 26, 2017
Nick Drake
Newcastle, WA
  5.9+
Nick Drake   Newcastle, WA
  5.9+
Really fun route, great locks and nice spacing between them. I cleaned it first thing on a cool morning and wondered why people talked about polish.
Then I went to lead it after the sun hit and temps were going up. Yeah the footholds are a bit polished and if you sweat at all it's going to feel really greasy. I blew a foot around the crux and took a ride on a yellow totem. Leader after me popped their foot in the same spot.

A .75 or #1 is nice to have if you want to protect easier mantle near the top. May 30, 2017
rohanbk
Seattle, WA
 
rohanbk   Seattle, WA
 
This felt like the greasiest route I've ever climbed. Offset nuts made this climb feel safe. Aug 1, 2016
Ambrose Bittner
Seattle, WA
  5.10a
Ambrose Bittner   Seattle, WA
  5.10a
A single set of nuts is all you need for gear to protect this climb. Try it, I dare you! It also saves space for your finger locks. May 25, 2016
Alex Jacques
Burlington, CT
Alex Jacques   Burlington, CT
wow every comment talks about "the polish". Just shut up and climb this classic. Jul 3, 2014
Mark Roberts
Vancouver, BC
  5.10-
Mark Roberts   Vancouver, BC
  5.10-
Locker fingers, bomber gear, sustained width. Get some. Aug 11, 2013
Bryan Hall
Portland, Oregon
 
Bryan Hall   Portland, Oregon
 
I slipped at the crux stance while resting and blew the onsight... But! I wouldn't say it's polished, just not great happy feet. The Zip is much better at 10a tho. Aug 10, 2012
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.10a
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.10a
One of the best climbs in the Smoke Bluffs area. Not that polished - still good friction, and great fingerlocks and gear. A must-do. Jun 4, 2012
Matt Hoffmann
Squamish
  5.10a
Matt Hoffmann   Squamish
  5.10a
Locker fingers. A bit polished from all the traffic but, the gear is solid so go for it! Apr 23, 2012
Tobias Tillemans
seattle, WA
Tobias Tillemans   seattle, WA
I think the polish is on the feet. Particularly near the crux there are some rather shiny ones. Jul 30, 2011
A little polish might not be that bad, sharp crystal finger locks kind of hurt... Jun 27, 2011
Matt Desenberg
North Berwick, ME
Matt Desenberg   North Berwick, ME
Great climb, felt more 5.10 than some of the other stuff in the Bluffs. Apr 21, 2009
Michael John Gray
Queensbury, NY
 
Michael John Gray   Queensbury, NY
 
Croft is my rolemodel!

Thanks for the cool pic! Jul 26, 2008
Chris Duca
Havertown, PA
  5.9+
Chris Duca   Havertown, PA
  5.9+
Led it this past Friday, and it was a great and varied route, with tremendous texture on either side of the crack. Wish it could've gone on for another pitch. Jul 20, 2008
Wanderinfree Chrislip
Boulder, CO
 
Wanderinfree Chrislip   Boulder, CO
 
This route didn't seem polished at all to me. Awesome finger locks. Great route! May 26, 2008
Jeremy
Boulder, CO
 
Jeremy   Boulder, CO
 
I thought this route was better than neat & cool. May 26, 2008
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
 
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
 
This one has been loved smooth from all the ascents. Good polished fun. Jan 20, 2007
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
 
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
 
Guidebooks and posts in various locations all reference the polish this climb has received from top rope traffic. I led it this Saturday; never having done it before I can't compare to some earlier state, but it really didn't seem polished, or at least it didn't seem harder than the grade would suggest. A very enjoyable and well protected climb. Oct 23, 2006