Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Don Brooks and Chris Syrjala
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Shared By: jdberndt on Apr 22, 2012
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Description

This is a good alternative to approach the first anchor of the GM route if the bottom is wet. Varied climbing with an athletic finish. Start as for Heart of the Country on either side of the large detached flake (no pro). Sling the top of the flake and step right and up to 1/4" bolt. Runout 5.8 on small ledges to the base of the second detached flaked with rust-colored surface. Finally put in some good gear and shake out. Climb left side of flake with a couple of thin hand jams. Once at the top of flake, hand traverse 20ft right to the large ledge at the anchor for the GM route. Rating is height and lichen dependent.

Location

Right of the Hatch and Left of the mossy third class ramp.

Protection

Standard rack to thin hands and several long slings to reduce rope drag. Can place a 3.5-4" piece at the beginning of the first flake.

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1/4" bolt chopped and replaced. Jul 15, 2013
Nate Redon
Seattle, WA
  5.10a/b
Nate Redon   Seattle, WA
  5.10a/b
This is definitely a contender for the hardest 5.9 I've done at Index. Lots of fun, especially via the OW start on the right side of the flake (protectable with large cams). Dec 10, 2017