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Black Castle S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Commander, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Storm T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Tears of Envy S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Sport, 450 ft, 5 pitches
FA: Randy Leavitt, Brian Spiewak, Chris Hubbard, Glen Svenson, Ross Garrett, Graham Colgan, Zack Dembitsky, Todd Smith & George Hoover
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Shared By: Joseph Lascurain on Dec 28, 2011
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Pitch 1 (5.11c): Hard start moves up and left to crux to gain belay ledge. Use belay bolt.
Pitch 2 (5.11b): Another hard start on the block above belay anchors. A couple of mantles will get you to the sharp crimp crux of the pitch to gain a good (although worst of the route) belay ledge.
Pitch 3 (5.11b): Climbs up and right to the steep bolted section of wall. More good sharp crimps will get you to a large belay ledge known as the command center.
Pitch 4 (5.10b): Climbs the route above the huge rap bolt/hanger. Nice varied climbing and a nice rest after the previous 3 pitches.
Pitch 5 (5.12a): Crux pitch. Climb starts straight up above belay anchors. Bolt spacing is a bit further apart than the previous harder pitches until you reach the steep crux section.


Directly infront of you from approach trail. Scramble up dirty loose rocks to first belay ledge.


Bolts. Rap Anchors.


This is a great route! The last 2 pitches are as good as it gets. Nov 7, 2012
Josh Higgins
Josh Higgins  
I've done this route a number of times, and it is probably harder than rated. I'd give a pitch breakdown like this:
Pitch 1 - 11d
Pitch 2 - 11d/12a
Pitch 3 - 12a
Pitch 4 - 5.10
Pitch 5 - 5.12b or c

My friends and I have always thought the route was 5.12b. I did another burn on the route today, and even though I haven't done it for a couple of years I felt that some holds might have broken around the crux on the 2nd half of the last pitch. The reaches were larger, fewer holds, and it might be 5.12c now. I remember a bunch of tick-tacky little holds that led to a confusing sequence which added to the difficulty. Today was just massive reaches between usable holds. Maybe I'm getting older and weaker, but I believe the route got a little harder. Mar 9, 2016

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