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Cry of the Poor

5.11a, Trad,  Avg: 3.9 from 34 votes
FA: Chuck Buzzard 1984
Oregon > Central Oregon > Smith Rock > (z) Lower Gorge > W Side > (2) Wildfire Wall


A fun an varied route that keeps you mentally engaged. A funky move at a horizontal down low and a thin crux at about mid height offer two good challenges to go with the sustained movement This is one of the classic well protected 11a's in the gorge.


left of Lion of Judah, look for the chalked up horizontal fracture down low just above the pumice rock start.


small gear primarily, wires, off-set nuts, micro cams to 2"

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[Hide Comment] This route is super fun. Bring lots of stoppers. Also this route seems to be a funnel for silt after a hard rain. Feb 25, 2014
[Hide Comment] Peder Groseth replaced the old rusted anchor on this one. Stainless bolts and fixed steel biners! Get on it. Aug 6, 2015
Bend, OR
[Hide Comment] This route really intimidated me for a long time since you really can't see much gear from below. After finally getting on it, there really is good gear and lots of it! Doubles from a green C3 to .75 camalot with a set of nuts offered me a lot more gear than I needed. Aug 30, 2015
[Hide Comment] I feel that nuts protect best on this route for probably the first quarter (after the starting move with the horizontal crack) so best to feel comfortable placing them. You can continue to place them in many spots the rest of the way up as well. I like to bring doubles in the small/medium nut sizes so I have options. Jun 17, 2016
Calvin Landrus
Bend, OR
[Hide Comment] August 20, 2017 - a wire on the small cam broke at the opening crux horizontal. I'll need to comeback with better tools to get it out. Feel to remove if you can. Aug 21, 2017
Johnny Y
[Hide Comment] Wish I had a set of med to small offset nuts for this one, I still found good cam placements (mostly 0.5 camalot or smaller) but it takes care to place. Sep 25, 2017