Type: Sport
FA: Kevin Pogue, Jay Goodwin, 4/90
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Shared By: JohnK on Jun 28, 2008
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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The crux of Helium Woman arrives quickly with an interesting undercling move. Once past the crux the moves ease but remain interesting.


Uphill and to the left of Lycopodophyta on the same small buttress as Captain Xenolith.


Quickdraws. Two bolt anchor.


jrdezso   portland
I know.... you want to stay left at the first bolt. Just move right! Mar 23, 2011
San Francisco, California
cbogie   San Francisco, California
fun route! crux down low, but great forced focus!

had my gopro helmet cam on:
youtu.be/qI1kcpBprOE Nov 6, 2014
Richard Denker
Portland OR
Richard Denker   Portland OR
Crux is between the 2nd and 3rd bolts. Be solid at 5.9 or you will spin off just before the 3rd bolt. Feb 28, 2015
Sol Cantwell
Sol Cantwell  
I remember this being really solid for the grade, with interesting movement. The crux, as others note, is pretty committing and you just don't want to move right. I ended up down climbing quite a bit to red point this. Apr 19, 2015
Madelynn Scherrer
Seattle, WA
Madelynn Scherrer   Seattle, WA
Super great way for someone to practice leading if you're feeling stuck with the mental aspect of leading. Great route, lots of trust and lots of fun! Apr 12, 2018
Anybody know what the route above this one is? May 19, 2018
Tiffany Samson
Seattle, WA
Tiffany Samson   Seattle, WA
5.9 start than eases up. First draw is okay getting to without a stick clip but consider sticking first 2 bolts. This wall has one of those tiered bases so a fall would result in tumbling down. Second bolt is a little tricky. Getting to the 3rd is so most heady; the hands aren’t the greatest, need to trust the nubbins and your feet, you have options for holds. Hard for a first warm-up. Then it eases to 5.7 climbing and becomes more slabby. Classic type of Smith route. Permadraws on top. Jul 25, 2018
Dylan Shuler  
Tried out the second pitch above this route yesterday. There are a lot of loose little flakes, so I wouldn't recommend trying it if its busy below. Felt like an 11a to me. Also, don't belay from the chains, its impossible to bring your partner up to you if you do. Its much easier to top out and use the bolts a few feet above the chains to belay, then walk off or rappel off the rings for bunny face Oct 15, 2018