Type: Trad, 110 ft
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Shared By: Scott W on May 27, 2008
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Good gear the whole way, bring a good sized rack with a full set of stoppers and doubles in the finger sized pieces. Lots of finger-locking up corners. Finishes on steep holds just above a recently cut stump. Great climb!

update:7/31/2011- The stump has been removed thanks to the valiant efforts of Chris Hensen. This route used to be called Free at Last, now it's just Tatoosh. If instead of going up the dihedral, you break right half way up and head up the offwidth, it links into P2 of the original Tatoosh route(4 pitches long, goes all way the to the top of the wall). There's fun climbing on the original Tatoosh, really fun actually. I tried to clean it up a few years ago, but it was a FUNNEL of debris. I dug out the cracks on the upper pitches and loosed tons of blocks, but I imagine the 5.2 section getting to them is still packed with dirt.


Starts 3 feet right of Thin Fingers on the recently brushed dihedral.


Standard rack up to 2" inches, doubles in finger sized gear.


You need a 70m rope to rap/lower/TR this one. You can swing over to intermediate anchors on Thin fingers to get back to the ground if you only have a 60m. Dec 21, 2008
Maynard, MA
Eric8   Maynard, MA
Although this route may have been 10b before it was cleaned; with the bolt and the removal of the stump/major cleaning it feels like the easiest 10 at index... Apr 19, 2009
The description and name of this route seem to agree with Darryl Cramer's Sky Valley Rock, although it is now nice and clean.


This route seems to be what the Cummins Guide calls "Free at Last, 5.10b R".

Either way, a fun route! Jul 17, 2009
Sherri Lewis
Sequim, WA
Sherri Lewis   Sequim, WA
This is one of my favorite routes at Index. A rewarding mix of crack, technical stemming, and a little chimney/offwidth thrown in for good measure. Aug 11, 2011
Jessica T
seattle, wa
Jessica T   seattle, wa
Beautiful route, long and Technical fun. Sep 30, 2011
If one is unsure about the moves and/or gear before the first bolt, it is possible to cheat the start by scrambling in from climber's right to the ledge above the bolt. Jun 5, 2014
Seattle, WA
rohanbk   Seattle, WA
One can also place a pretty good #0.5 cam in a slot a few feet below the bolt before making the moves up to the bolt. It's pretty heady since there is the possibility of decking, but if you trust your feet, you'll be fine :) Aug 24, 2014
Serge Smirnov
Seattle, WA
Serge Smirnov   Seattle, WA
What used to be two pitches is now one 35m pitch.

Lots of lieback fingers. Feeling near my limit, I used triple 0.2-0.5 camalots (nuts would work some places). Didn't find anything larger than #1 camalot.

To me no move (including Free At Last 10b) felt harder than the crux of Toxic Shock lieback (supposedly 5.9). But Tatoosh is much longer and fairly sustained. Free At Last 10b may be finger size dependent.

The move to clip the bolt 5m off the ground is protectable with good but awkwardly located cams. Should work better for 6-footers.

Save 10mm gear (0.2 camalots) for the 10b part. There are ledges to fall on, but the crack takes gear every few feet. Jun 19, 2016
Thought it was quite a bit harder than toxic shock, the lie back of toxic shock is bomber fingers (.5-.4) and this has a lot more .3 (x4) and reaches where the crack is too small for my fingers, maybe if you have small fingers its easier? Either way super fun, eats nuts and cams in the smaller sizes (especially .3 and a section of .5) Jul 13, 2016
Jeff Edge  
+1 For placing a .5 cam in the flake before reaching up to clip the bolt; you can just reach back and pull it right afterwards so no reason not to. Grade seems accurate Jun 27, 2018