Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Jim Olsen, Jay Kerr-1979
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Shared By: Adam Therneau on Jun 8, 2007
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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This awesome fingercrack will test not only your crack technique but your ability to place gear from strenuous positions. It looks straightforward from the ground, but the difficult fingercrack down low builds a pump quickly. Hanging out to get in a piece at the top with one fingerlock and nothing but smears for your feet leaves most redlined for what looks like a simple exit, but heartbreakingly turns out to be the crux of the route. After you finesse the weird, slopey exit to the crack the climbing becomes much mellower but still fun as you negotiate easy terrain and then one final weird 5.9 chimney/stem move to reach the top.


Locate the obvious clean fingercrack about 20 feet to the right of the popular Hammer and Sickle routes on the far left end of the Hanging Gardens wall.


Gear to 1" with extra .4-.5" pieces for the splitter fingercrack down low.


Ian G.
Ian G.   PDX, OR
At the chimney/stem move at the top, do not head right or you will be in a world of hurt! Apr 16, 2010
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Heard of a guy decking off this route and sustaining a compound fracture. Be careful up there. May 3, 2012
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Fun finger crack for the first section. The rest of the route is ledgy scrambling to a single awkward bulge and contrived extension across dodgy flakes. A little hyperbole perhaps. The finger crack is fun, the rest is not so much. Oct 4, 2014
Chris Heiler
Portland, OR
  5.10b R
Chris Heiler   Portland, OR
  5.10b R
In order to keep your climber safe when toproping Tips City make sure you take all slack out while he/she is working on the finger crack. The climber should feel a slight pull on the rope! Even so my climbing partner decked yesterday if only slightly just from the rope stretch. Be careful - It's a beautiful route though and well worth the effort!
Leading on trad (if you can stand the burn) is probably the safer way to go as there's a lot less stretch in the rope. Make sure to place more than two pieces in the crack! Jun 8, 2015
George Zack
Orting, WA
George Zack   Orting, WA
Gear notes: Singles .3 - 2 BD, unless you don't use nuts (including an offset nut) in the finger crack, in which case I would bring doubles of .4 and .5. Jun 27, 2015
Max Rausch
Portland, OR
Max Rausch   Portland, OR
Book calls this 10c, but I really can't see it. It'd be 10a at Trout. Takes offset nuts well. Just wish it was longer. Nov 18, 2018