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Type: Trad, Aid, 7 pitches, Grade IV
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Jonathan Croom on Apr 11, 2016 with updates from Topher Dabrowski
Admins: Nate Ball, Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Description [Suggest Change]

This route was established as a practice aid route close to Portland. Recently this route was freed, starting via Smoke Signals. See below the Aid climbing description for the Free climbing description and grades.

Pitch by pitch aid descriptions edited 31 March 2017, after I did the route again.

Pitch 1: Approximately 30 m, 5.7 C1. Start up the slab about 100 feet right of the climbing/no climbing boundary. The first pitch begins with some free climbing and progresses into aid about half way up. Finish at a bolted belay on a grassy ledge.

Pitch 2: Approximately 30 m, C1F. Continue up a corner system, past a tree and follow pins and a bolt to an arching overhang, and another bolt. Step right past a tree with tat and progress up a bolted head wall to a 3 bolt belay. Mostly small gear on this pitch, and lots of fixed pins and bolts.

Pitch 3: 25m 5.8ish Move the belay to above the big tree on the ledge at one bolt. Continue up the corner right of the bolt and through a series of ledges. Traverse left behind a large tree and continue left and up a seriously bushy ramp. Behind the bush is a double off-width crack with a bolt at the start. Belay from atop of these cracks using a the first bolts of pitch 4 bolt ladder.

Pitch 4: 15m C0 Bolt ladder, with one hook move between bolts if you can't reach. Three bolt belay at the top.

Pitch 5: 30m 5.6 C1F From the belay move thru easy slabby terrain clipping pins and bolts and following a fixed line to a bolt and tree. Head strait up on bolts and pins to a small roof. A couple free moves and bolts get you to a pair of bolts with chains at a hanging belay.

Pitch 6: 25m 5.8 C1 From the hanging belay, head strait up on gear to a bolt, or head right for more free climbing. Both join together for loose free and C0 climbing to the final anchors.

Pitch 7: 30m Head up along 3rd class terrain and a few 5th class steps to the hikers trail on top. There are a couple bolts along the way and more fixed rope.


This route was free climbed from pitch 2 to pitch 7 in spring of 2016 in conjunction with the Smoke Signals route start. Here are the details if free climbing the route.

Pitch 1&2: See Smoke Signals description.

Pitch 3 5.8 25m: Move the belay to above the big tree on the ledge. Continue up the short right facing corner right of the bolt and through a series of ledges. Traverse left along a ledge, behind a large tree and continue left and up towards a bush at the top of the ramp. Climb a double off-width crack with a bolt at the start. Belay from atop of these cracks using the anchor on the bolt ladder of pitch 4 and a pin.

Pitch 4 5.10d 25m: Ascend a short crack right of the bolt ladder and then traverse left along a hand ledge back to the bolt line. Follow the upper half of the bolt ladder crimping on small edges and pull onto the large Swiss Family Ledge system. Continue following the low fifth class slab steps up and rightward passing a pin and a few more bolts until you reach a belay platform below the steep arete.

Pitch 5 5.11a 30m: Head strait up the arete following a line of bolts and pins to a small roof. Pull the roof on the left and continue up a short crack to a set of anchors at a hanging belay.

Pitch 6 5.9 25m: From the hanging belay, move slightly right and head up a crack on gear passing a few bolts, a pin and two more bolts. Be extremely careful of the blocks that you are climbing on as many are loose time bombs which could let loose at any time. Reach the final anchors

Pitch 7 4th 30m: Follow easy terrain along the ridge crest until you reach the fence adjacent to the summit trail. Ignore the final set of anchors along the way.

Location [Suggest Change]

From the water spigot go about 100 feet up the climber trail.

Protection [Suggest Change]

All anchors are good bolts. There are also a generous number of protection bolts on the pitches. Goes clean with a bunch of fixed pins, and even if they blew you can probably find a way up on clean gear.

Thanks to the pins and bolts, you don't need lots of gear to climb this route. Bring doubles from tiny through .5 C4, one or two .75, and one each 1 through 3. Didn't have to have the 3. I mostly placed small cams, grey-red C3. Bring at least one hook. I placed only one nut, but there was plenty of opportunity to place them. Offset nuts are helpful, offset cams are not useful. I did not find a large cam at all necessary in the offwidth, but if it was wet a 5 or 6 would make it easier. Don't think a 4 would help too much.


Micah Klesick
Vancouver, WA
Micah Klesick   Vancouver, WA  
We freed all the pitches today from the 2nd pitch on, except for 10' of pitch 5, and that should go soon as well. 5.10+. May 31, 2016
Thanks for adding a better pitch by pitch description, as well as the free beta! I did the route solo, in about 4 pitches, and didn't remember everything by the time I did the write up. And nice work on the (almost) completely free ascent. I was checking it out aid soloing to see if it was worth dragging a partner up to try for a free ascent. Jun 9, 2016
Tracy Martin
  5.10- C2
Tracy Martin  
  5.10- C2
I had a lot of trouble with this route, a mixture of (mostly) inexperience and gear placement. Extremely difficult to set pro on the first pitch and no anchored aid options until ~20meters. The couple I could find were muddy and unreliable. We ended up quitting when the first pitch was proving to be much harder than Portland Rock Climbs 4th ed. rating of 5.7.
Rating is either way different than how my crags have been graded or this is has been low balled. Pitch 1- 5.10b Apr 2, 2018

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