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Columns Holiday

5.10c, Trad, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2.7 from 15 votes
FA: Andy Fitz, Ed Mosshart. Jan 1989
Washington > Southeast Casca… > Tieton River > Royal Columns > Orange Sunshine area
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Fun, safe climbing on great stone. Crux seems to be getting to the first bolt, though there are plenty of thoughtful moves above.


The bolted line on the pillar to the left of Orange Sunshine. A finger crack up a smooth face leads to the first bolt.


Bolted, but you'll want small gear getting to the first bolt and perhaps between the 2nd and 3rd bolts. Anchor on top.

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Leading up Columns Holiday on the left
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Christian Shope
[Hide Comment] challenging balancy climbing on the edge of a pillar face. I stem/flagged off to the left for the finish but was unsure of the neighboring but distant pillar being 'in'. Oct 3, 2013
Tacoma, WA
[Hide Comment] I (as the first ascentionist) have always climbed straight up at the finish, using two small high crimps and high-stepping onto the good edge you clip the last bolt from. I've always considered this the crux of the route. Oct 4, 2013
geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
[Hide Comment] Andyf- did you rebolt this with nice big SS bolts? Apr 20, 2015
Tacoma, WA
[Hide Comment] Yeah, several years ago. Apr 20, 2015
A.wilk Wilk
Olympia, WA
[Hide Comment] The start is a bit tricky before you reach the first bolt but it protects well with small cams. No need for gear anywhere else on the route.

The top is definitely the crux with two small crimps and a ton of feet to work with. I avoided the corner and I don't think you would need it to work through this bit. Sep 26, 2016
Joe Petroske
North Bend, WA
[Hide Comment] Before the first bolt is sketchy but fun. Crux is at the top, tempting to cheat it and use the corner, but with a couple high crimps you'll be at the top. The anchor is over the edge at the top; if you're setting up a top rope bring up long slings to prevent the rope from running over the edge. Nov 15, 2016