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Kiss of the Crowbar

5.7, Sport, 75 ft,  Avg: 2.9 from 68 votes
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Washington > Central-West Ca… > North Bend & Vi… > Exit 38 > Exit 38: Far Side > Interstate Park > Eastern Block

Description

Mostly vertical climb up big jugs, with a great view of Snoqualmie Pass from the top. Finding the first bolt is a bit challenging since it's not visible. Head up the obvious easy route along the corner and it's over a small ledge. The visible bolt to the left is for a 5.8 start and causes some rope drag so if you want to use that put a longer sling on it.

There's a bit of noise and a small bit where climber and belayer aren't visible. Yell loudly or use radios or rope signals.

Location

Right side of eastern block next to a big flake on the ground. A smaller flake under makes a decent anchor for light belayers. Rap down on a single 50m+ rope.

Protection

About 8 bolts and anchors at the top.

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[Hide Comment] I climbed this with a piece or two of gear (many placements around) prior to reaching the first bolt. It's also safe to use the off route bolt with a long runner if you don't have gear. I believe there used to be a bolt closer to the ground that got chopped. No reason to climb this as a PG-13 climb if it scares you. Dec 17, 2009
[Hide Comment] I didn't think it was, just a newbie goofing up the drop down box. This was one of my first leads. I've removed the PG-13 bit. It's a fun route. Dec 18, 2009
Arthur Sullivan
Albuquerque,NM
[Hide Comment] I think the rating is a little deceptive considering some of the other 5.7s at exit 38. This is long and vertical with some big moves. Fun climb but not a great beginner lead. Sep 24, 2010
Justin R.
Seattle
  5.7
[Hide Comment] Looks like the lowest bolt is missing. There's a clear hole in a spot where it seems like a natural spot for one. Jul 7, 2011
gregman
  5.7
[Hide Comment] Good first lead for confident climbers, and similarly a great TR for confident new climbers, but may be a bit too long for those who are less confident (we had a few newbies that had to turn back). Sep 2, 2012
Zeke Spier
Seattle, Washington
[Hide Comment] This route can be safely climbed 100% on gear, good place to practice placements with bolt backups if desired. Aug 15, 2014
Sergey Shevelev
San Francisco, CA
  5.5
[Hide Comment] Inconvenient to clean when rappelling (because of the way it's zigzagging), so if you do, at least use prusik or other backup. Doesn't really look that much fun (sur[rised to see it's got 3 stars), but maybe ok to practice as a leader... Aug 24, 2014
Chris-Bailey
Olympia, WA
[Hide Comment] Somebody left a top rope anchor set up at the top of this that was extremely redundant and safe (i.e. you left ~60 dollars of gear up there.) Tell me what you left and give me a good reason for leaving it :) and I'll be happy to try and get it back to you.

For those reading this, it's just a 5.7, first bolt is high but easy terrain to get to it. It's not a good first lead but a great second lead! The 5.8 start to the left adds a fun move or two as well.

-Chris Oct 11, 2015
BKG
5.7
[Hide Comment] Great Route! As others have said, long runner for the off-route bolt (I used a normal draw with a little drag, but didn't find it to be a huge issue). Also a spot for a .75 BD c4 down low if need it. While not a very difficult climb, there is definitely some committing moves which makes it interesting! Steep but easy climbing with plentiful jugs, great exposure makes for a nice mental challenge! Jun 13, 2016
[Hide Comment] Super fun!! I placed a few pieces of gear in the beginning. Stay right then follow up on big, easy moves. This was my first lead over 50 feet and my 3rd sport lead - Felt amazing and is definitely a great route to end on. May 22, 2017
[Hide Comment] There’s now a new first bolt not far off the deck. Bring a couple cams to go directly up the initial steep corner or use a long runner on the second bolt out left, and cut back right once above it. A longer draw or two up higher are also nice to get the carabiners clear of rock edges. Jul 7, 2018