Mountain Project Logo
To save paper & ink, use the [Hide] controls next to photos and comments so you only print what you need.

Narrow Arrow Overhang

5.13a, Trad, 120 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 4 from 7 votes
FA: FA(3p): Greg Donaldson, Richard Mathies, 68 FFA(p1 L): Darryl Cramer, Terry Lien FFA(P2 via traverse): Dick Cilley
Washington > Central-W Casca… > Skykomish Valley > Index > Lower Town Wall > Narrow Arrow & furthe…
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

To the right of Deal With it Ranger/Natural Log Cabin, climb ledges to a left facing corner with cracks and some face climbing. Climb up the face and corner past two bolts to an anchor (.10c). Above, climb through the shallow chimneys via tricky stemming moves with small gear (hard to place) to another ledge with an anchor (.11b/c). Lieback the arete/corner above past two bolts to the roof (.12d). A very tough move leads over the roof to a new anchor about 15 feet above (.12). A little runout in spots and absolutely spectacular. First free ascent of the modern pitch is probably by Ben Gilkison. The crux lieback section was likely first freed on toprope by Chris Schlotfeldt in the 90's.

Location

Starts between Deal With it Ranger/Natural Log Cabin and Narrow Arrow Direct in a left facing corner with a crack on the face of the corner. Above the top anchors, it looks possible to continue climbing via corners and some broken rock to a higher anchor below the Salad Fingers corner. This appears to have been climbed in the past but I'm uncertain of the difficulty.

Protection

4 bolts at the beginning, 3 on the top section (including the anchor below the lieback). Nuts (include a couple of RP's) and cams small to 1 inch. There are no less than 3 chain-equipped anchors on the route! The first marks the end of yet another 'short version' (.10c). The second is at the end of the first pitch proper, right before the crux .12+ arete. The third is at the end of the 'full' free pitch. Descent from the top anchors is possible via a single 70m rope.

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Matt Van Biene photo
[Hide Photo] Matt Van Biene photo
Matt Van Biene photo
[Hide Photo] Matt Van Biene photo
Matt Van Biene Photo
[Hide Photo] Matt Van Biene Photo

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] Ben Gilkison did the FA/FFA - in 2008

From above the full 35m P1, the climbing is just a few meters of 5.8 chimneying with hand cracks to a pedestal ledge. It's easy to reach the anchor between P2 and P3 of NAD, or to step left to the anchor below Salad Fingers. Oct 23, 2012
Drewsky
  5.13a
[Hide Comment] In light of that, it probably was Ben who got the FA. The bolts have been there for at least ten years and I don't think anyone else has done it. I think Super Dave had worked on it at some point but from what I gathered the roof proved to be a shutdown for taller folks. .12d seems fair; I mean, 5.13 is supposed to be REALLY hard, right? Also, I changed the route description to include the updated FFA info. Jan 26, 2013
[Hide Comment] How about "two V6 boulder problems, separated by a strenuous & crucial gear placement" - it's accurate, but doesn't quite roll off the tongue. Jan 9, 2015
Drewsky
  5.13a
[Hide Comment] Math:

2xV6 boulder problems and one thuggy 5.11 start
V6=5.11b/c
(5.11b/c)+(5.11b/c)+(5.11)=5.12

We'll call this the "Index Grading Proof" Jan 10, 2015
Mike dandy Patz
  5.13- PG13
[Hide Comment] Stellar FFA by BG! I'd say better and I think quite a bit harder then 10 % extension.

As blake highlighted the two v6 boulder problems are not really "separated" by anything resembling a restful position, but rather are "connected" by a strenuous crucial gear placement in the overhang.
My subjective breakdown of difficulty of sections between rest...

Stage 1: Approach pitch to second anchor = cryptic 5.11 R ---> huge rest
Stage 2= Strenuous V4/5 ---> bad rest in finger lock ---> (V5/6 getting to roof + extremely pumpy gear placement + V6 navigating roof). Last boulder problem is intense.

stage 2 could be reduced to v4 ---> bad rest---> v7/8 highball( from finger-lock rest to hand jam in stance above roof)

Still working on my index math mastery but that comes out to at least 5.11 B ++ Jun 21, 2015
Ben Gilkison
Tacoma
5.13a
[Hide Comment] If NAO is 12d, then Narrow Arrow Direct is 12a. Aug 27, 2015
Drewsky
  5.13a
[Hide Comment] NAD is stout .11d, AKA .12c. .12a is a bit easier than .11d and way, way easier than .11b. .12d is about on par with .11b. Aug 28, 2015
Ol Toby
CA
  5.13-
[Hide Comment] This line catches your eye right away as the line of strength on the right side. Superb, regardless of the rating! One of the best single pitches I've ever done. Apr 8, 2016
Stig gles
Seattle
  5.13- PG13
[Hide Comment] The arete! Oh my god, the arete! Feb 16, 2017
[Hide Comment] Gear Update:
Even though this page has not mentioned the gear at the roof, I thought I'd give an update, since folks ask each other for gear beta and I don't want anyone to get hosed by outdated information.

Until recently, it seems everyone placed a .5 C4 to protect the (alleged V6) boulder problem at the roof.

That placement recently pulled due to rock breaking, ripping out a BIG chunk of the surrounding stone. That placement is shallow and sketchy at best now.

I ended up placing a blue Totem near the lip of the roof, though it is a hair finicky and tipped-out. Regardless, the .5 C4 is probably not what you want any more. Sep 1, 2017
Stig gles
Seattle
  5.13- PG13
[Hide Comment] I found that a green alien goes in really well at the lip of the roof with the narrow side facing left. I haven't whipped on it but it's deep in there and looks solid. Jun 25, 2018
Dylan Valvo
Georgia
[Hide Comment] V6=11b? I thought the south was stout.... Oct 5, 2018