Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: P1: David Potter, Dave McRae, David Kaagen 3/2014
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Shared By: Dave McRae on Apr 6, 2014
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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Description

Hawks Nest can be climbed as a single pitch 5.9, or continue up Risky Pass (5.10c) and Skydive (5.10c), to make a spectacular three pitch bolted climb.

P1 (5.9) Step across a mini-chimney to reach the first bolt. Fun nubbins and good position. The crux pinches past nubbins near the third bolt. Lower from anchors below the top of the tower (60 ft) or, to climb the second pitch (Risky Pass 5.10c), continue to the top of the tower, step across a chimney and up to an anchor at a comfortable ledge.

This route is named after the section of the Seattle Seahawks' stadium behind the goal post. It has a birds' eye view of the entire arena. The first ascent happened just after the Seahawks won the Superbowl in 2014.

The second pitch, Risky Pass (5.10c, FA 2/15), commemorates the questionable play call that cost the Seahawks the Superbowl in 2015.

Location

Hawks Nest starts 50 feet to the left (South) of Asterisk Pass. It faces East toward the main area.

Protection

P1 5.9. 8 bolts, or 10 bolts to higher anchor.
P2 (A.K.A. Risky Pass) 5.10c. 11 bolts

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Hell yeah!!! Jul 22, 2014
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
  5.9
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
  5.9
Good climb! Great position, with fun moves that make you think a little. Oct 19, 2014
On the weekend's last return over Asterisk, the first pitch was a wonderful final send! Neither me or my partner popped any holds, but one a bit short of halfway on the left will definitely flake off soon.

When I pencilled it into my guide it was 1 pitch, super stoked to see it's now 3 with the Sky Dive linkup. Apr 21, 2015
dave Hause
carrboro, nc
  5.10+
dave Hause   carrboro, nc
  5.10+
I only did the second pitch and the entire time thought I was on Sky Ridge. My thoughts at the time were "This isn't 5.8 nor run out". Great exposure and steep climbing, a very nice line. Apr 25, 2016
Dave McRae
Bend, OR
  5.9
Dave McRae   Bend, OR
  5.9
The second pitch of Hawks Nest is now known as Risky Pass (5.10c). It can also be accessed by climbing Orion (5.10a) Jun 17, 2016
John Brown  
 
feet for dayzzzz!!! might be my new favorite. lots of little biscuits and nubs. secure the whole way up. little hollow flakes at the bottom but other than that solid Oct 9, 2017
Patrick Beeson
Portland, OR
  5.9
Patrick Beeson   Portland, OR
  5.9
Fun climb with plenty of feet and hands throughout. Rock is a little sharp, but will likely soften with time. Nov 13, 2017
Tiffany Samson
Seattle, WA
  5.9
Tiffany Samson   Seattle, WA
  5.9
Really sharp rock. Very easy start. Crux is a little boulder move getting up off the ledge past the 3rd bolt, which is the most fun part of the route. There is an arete you can use toward the top which is nice, or you can just stick to the nubbins on the face - your choice. Lots of places for feet and hands, very straight-forward. Good beginner lead, good warm-up. If you don't mind incredibly rough rock have a go at this. Apr 4, 2018