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Orion T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
SW Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
South Chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tree Frog T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
West Arete S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: Sport, 170 ft
FA: George Zack, Ethan Vella - May 2015
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Shared By: George Zack on May 9, 2015
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball

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A must-do route for the 5.10 climber at Chimney Rocks. A long, aesthetic, moderate arete with steep cruxes and fantastic exposure.

A low crux through the first two bolts continues into 100' of 5.8 climbing up the left side of the arete. Continue up the short, easy section of lower angle broken slab before stepping around to the right side of the arete once vertical again. Enjoy the exposure up the slightly overhung high crux, then finish off the route with 40' of sub-5.8 climbing to the anchor.

Descent: Scramble 40' east across the top of the pinnacle to the rap anchor and make a 80' rappel down the East side.


Start from the top of the large detached block at the base of the West side of the pinnacle by walking into the "chasm" on the SW side of the pinnacle and then ascending the easy 15' chimney.


Bolted anchors at both the base and top of route. 14 bolts on route. An optional .3 Camalot near the base of the broken slab helps to protect a runout over easy terrain.

Due to the length and course of the route, several alpine draws and a couple long slings are required to avoid bad rope drag. Especially important is that the first two bolts after the slab be extended with a 4' and 2' sling, respectively. If placed, the optional cam should also be extended with a 4' sling.


George Zack
Orting, WA
George Zack   Orting, WA
Right on Micah, thanks for your input. I recommend that that first couple of bolts after the slab be extended, not so much of concern for unmanageable rope drag, but because doing so keeps your rope off of some particularly sharp edges if you were to fall in the upper crux. I'm pretty paranoid about ropes cutting... Jun 29, 2016
Micah Klesick
Vancouver, WA
Micah Klesick   Vancouver, WA  
Fun route. Long! I used all regular draws, and it certainly created rope drag at the top, but doable. Jun 29, 2016