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Catapult

5.8, Trad, 2 pitches,  Avg: 3.1 from 112 votes
FA: James Stuart, B.D Nelson, 1963
Washington > Central-East Ca… > Tumwater Canyon > Castle Rock > Lower Castle
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure: Noontime and Midnight Rock Details

Description

You get a lot of bang for your buck on this fun climb. It's a dramatic-looking corner with a big roof right above the belay. Don't worry, it's all there.

You should probably build a gear anchor at the obvious ledge. Second pitch is low-fifth up to Logger's Ledge.

Location

Directly above The Fault.

Protection

Various pro to 3"

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Just above The Fault. People typically start P1 of Catapult here (or build a belay a bit further up) before it goes vertical)
[Hide Photo] Just above The Fault. People typically start P1 of Catapult here (or build a belay a bit further up) before it goes vertical)
Nearing top of P1 on the overhanging pumpy section with good hand holds
[Hide Photo] Nearing top of P1 on the overhanging pumpy section with good hand holds
Nearing top of P1 on the overhanging pumpy section with good hand holds
[Hide Photo] Nearing top of P1 on the overhanging pumpy section with good hand holds
Crux, pumpy sections near top of P1
[Hide Photo] Crux, pumpy sections near top of P1
Matt Hartman climbing Catapult.
[Hide Photo] Matt Hartman climbing Catapult.
Jake Evans above the overhangs on Catapult.
[Hide Photo] Jake Evans above the overhangs on Catapult.
Launching up Catapult<br>
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Photo courtesy of Jared
[Hide Photo] Launching up Catapult Photo courtesy of Jared

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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
  5.8
[Hide Comment] One of the best 5.8 routes anywhere.
1st ascent : James Stuart, B.D Nelson, 1963, done free at 5.8 while pounding pitons.
BEWARE of many loose rocks on the last pitch to Loggers ledge.
The bolted belay above the fault chimney was set up for Mr. Clean, it could be used, but I think it better to go higher and belay on nice platform at base of Catapult. May 8, 2014
drsoc
  5.8
[Hide Comment] I just climbed this route for the second time and agree, this is a really fun route! May 12, 2014
Quy
 
[Hide Comment] One of the best 5.8's I've ever lead. The first pitch's crux is a great move, but it'll feel harder due to the exposure. Some will get tunnel vision and focus only on the overhang but if you look down to your left, you see some great feet that might help you out.

We linked this route with fault which was OK. Decent chimney. I lead fault but missed the bolted anchors. I think I was working my way up the crack and had tunnel vision. If you're getting close to the overhang section, make sure to look to your left for the anchors. I ended up setting up natural anchors. Jun 16, 2014
[Hide Comment] Climbed this route yesterday, it is still wet in the crack holds and there is moss patches throughout. (April1,2017) We got a BD 3 Cam stuck on the second pitch just above the overhang, in bad placement. If you see it and snake it out, please let me know! otherwise, enjoy this classic! thanks Apr 2, 2017
[Hide Comment] Really fun. Not sandbagged at all. Perfect moves on the crux bulge. We started at the chimney which was not bad. Wish we could have linked this with Canary but it was too hot to keep going. Aug 7, 2017