Type: Sport, 110 ft
FA: Dave McRae 2/2015. Orion Pass variation: 6/2016
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Shared By: Dave McRae on Jun 19, 2016 with updates from Carl Schaefer
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 arĂȘte 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 arĂȘte 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 arĂȘte 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
Mel Can
Bend, OR
Mel Can   Bend, OR
Awesome route!

We climbed Orion -> Risky Pass -> Skydive. Three pitches and three rappels. Risky Pass was a bit loose on the second pitch after the sixth bolt as mentioned but will hopefully clean up soon with more traffic. Belaying from the top of Orion made you clear of the rock fall that happened a bit on the arete. (September 2017) Sep 24, 2018