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Cloud Nine

5.9, Trad, 180 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 3.1 from 108 votes
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Washington > Central-E Casca… > Icicle Creek > Snow Creek Area > Pearly Gates
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A great 2 pitch line that can be done in one if you have a 60m.

P1- Tricky start (for a shorter person) leads to an excellent hand and fist crack (easier). Finishes at a two-bolt belay anchor. 5.8

P2- Climb a slabby dihedral protected by three bolts (you can add gear too). This is the crux of the route. Some fun stemming. (A 5.9+ goes right.) Then traverse left on a much easier hand crack. Bolted anchor.


In the center of the main crag. Left of leap of faith, Obvious hand crack...


Gear to 3.5 camalot for the first pitch.

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rap pitch 1 of Cloud Nine
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At the top of Cloud Nine!
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Lina leading up Cloud Nine (pitch 1) at Pearly Gates. (photo by Justin Jones)
[Hide Photo] Lina leading up Cloud Nine (pitch 1) at Pearly Gates. (photo by Justin Jones)

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[Hide Comment] The first pitch is Classic! May 21, 2012
Lina Baker
[Hide Comment] Leavenworth guidebook calls it a 5.8, however, opening sequence is pretty stout. The rest of the climb is a series of perfect jams, and a crack that takes pieces well. Crux of the first pitch happens after 4 or so pieces. Great stuff! May 6, 2013
Jessica T
seattle, wa
[Hide Comment] I love this route as a linked route (2 pitches linked as 1). Single rack is fine with a 60 meter, though it'll take 2 raps to get down. Goes at 5.9 if you climb both pitches Oct 7, 2015
Zach Parsons
Tacoma, WA
[Hide Comment] P2 is not to be missed! Cool moves and an awesome belay seat. It was nice to have a small cam between the first and second bolts. Jul 13, 2016
Patrick Beeson
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] You can sew up the crack of the first pitch with all kinds of gear. Also, if you want some extra insurance for the hard move from the ground, thread a sling behind the rectangle block and use that as your first pro. Jul 23, 2017