Type: Trad, 800 ft, 5 pitches
FA: Veldhuisen, Heiser 2018
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Shared By: Curt Veldhuisen on May 7, 2018
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Description

The Mystery Tour strikes up and right, ascending the far edge of the North Buttress slab. It provides a more varied and less traveled alternative to the wide open spaces of Silent Running. The route has difficulties of 5.8 or less, aside from the relentless smearing required on pitch 3 (5.9+).

Pitch 1. Climb Road to Nowhere (5.3, bolts). With a little simul-climbing, it goes in one lead (~75 m).

Pitch 2. A mixed-bag of clean and scruffy angling toward the right skyline. Starts straight up two short slabs, passing fresh bolts and a relic anchor. Catch a blocky ramp rightward through bits of suspect rock to another slabby section (5.8). Traverse under a sizable overlap and find the bolted belay. (4 bolts & gear, 5.8)

Pitch 3.  The money pitch, featuring 58 m of 5.9-ish slab climbing without much relief! You will want a couple of small cams for the initial overlaps, then venture up the loooong narrow slab to the horizontal tree. (11 bolts, 5.9+)

Pitch 4. An increasingly airy pitch up the rounded buttress. From the belay, step up and left, cross a small overlap (small cam) to gain a bolt and a rounded stance. Continue straight up the knobby buttress, which rolls over to the belay. (6 bolts & small cam, 5.8)

Pitch 5. A short pitch that connects to Silent Running. Head leftward below the huge cedar bush, clip a bolt and cross the small rib. Climb the  slab and step left to reach Silent Running’s 5th belay. (3 bolts, 5.7)

All belays have double 3/8" bolts.

Descent options: 1. Rappel Silent Running (if not crowded), or 2. Rappel Mystery Tour, detouring skiers right to reach Road to Nowhere (see topo). Reversing pitches 2 and 3 is not good, trust me! All options require double 60 m ropes.

Location

Right side of North Buttress of 3 O'Clock Rock.  Starts on Road to Nowhere, just a bit right of Silent Running.  Look for gray powder-coated bolts.

Protection

Mostly bolts with occasional cams (singles, tiny to 2"). Bring 12-14 draws and double 60s for the descent.  

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Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Looks like a fun addition to the crag.
Now the Road to Nowhere goes somewhere. Thanks Curt. May 7, 2018
Curt Veldhuisen
Bellingham, WA
  5.9+
Curt Veldhuisen   Bellingham, WA
  5.9+
Sure, now it needs some traffic to justify all the tapping. May 7, 2018
Brett Shattuck
  5.9+
Brett Shattuck  
  5.9+
Great Route! Pitch 3 is fun and sustained. Thanks for the tour on the tour! Jul 23, 2018
Anastasia B
Portland, OR
 
Anastasia B   Portland, OR
 
A nice afternoon romp on the right side of 3'O'Clock buttress in the after 3 pm shade. Much less runout than its left hand side neighbor - Total Soul. The crux pitch 3 is not a 58 m, but more like a 62 m. Sep 7, 2018