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Routes in (1) Northeast Face

European vacation T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Evolution Theory T,S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Good Ol' Days, The S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hawks Nest S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
King Nothing S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Leper Messiah S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Lost in Space S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Lycra S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Master of Puppets S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
No Vacation S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Orion S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Risky Pass S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Season's Change S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sky Chimney T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sky Dive S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sky Ridge T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Snibble Tower T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
Struggle Within, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
White Satin T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Sport, 110 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Dave McRae 2/2015. Orion Pass variation: Dave McRae and Jazmyn Cotrufello 6/2016
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Shared By: Dave McRae on Jun 19, 2016 with updates
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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Description

Risky Pass is a 110 foot, second pitch, sustained 5.10 with breath-taking position and still evolving rock quality. When accessed via Orion (5.10a), and finished off with Skydive (5.10c), it's a spectacular three pitch bolted route.

It's named after the questionable play call that cost the Seahawks the Superbowl in 2015, and was originally ascended as a second pitch to Hawks Nest, a route named in honor of the Seahawks' winning Superbowl effort in 2014.

Location

Risky Pass is located on the same feature as Sky Ridge, but on the East (main area) facing aspect. It can be accessed any of three ways: via Asterisk Pass and the first pitch of Sky Ridge , as a second pitch to Hawks Nest (better), or as a second pitch/extension to Orion (best!). When linked in a single pitch with Orion, it's a 190 ft, sustained 5.10 with 20 bolts.

Protection

11 bolts to chain anchors on a comfortable ledge. Belay at the top. Descent: two rappels down the East face with a single 60 meter rope.

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Carl Schaefer
Boulder, CO
5.10b
Carl Schaefer   Boulder, CO
5.10b
Really fun line with great exposure!

This 2nd pitch climb mostly follows a line just left of the arête above Hawks Nest. It can be accessed from the 2nd set of anchors above Hawks Nest (continue over the top of the pillar) or via a short bolt line that trends right from the top of Orion.

It's a bit dirty but the holds on the face seem solid. The arête is definitely crumbly; be careful going out there.

I used ten draws on the route including one to clip the Orion anchor as I left.
I skipped clipping the 2nd bolt from the top as it's on the west side of the arête and would add a lot of drag unless extended with a shoulder sling.

Rappelling from the anchor with a 60m easily reaches the Leper Messiah anchor. Take care how the rope runs at the top to minimize drag when pulling it. Jul 16, 2017