1) The novel coronavirus and Index residents. Residents of Index are very concerned about visitors spreading the virus to them. Please be considerate by taking some serious precautions such as
- Be extra safe to greatly reduce the chance of needing a rescue. (Choose partner carefully, just TR routes. Triple-check setups...) - Do not interact with the people in town or on a trail. (Choose an obscure crag & route. Drive carefully through town.) - In case the above two precautions fail or you come across someone on a trail or crag, bring a facemask and gloves to wear to prevent spreading the virus from your breath or hands. In lieu of a facemask, a bandana or scarf over the nose and mouth can also reduce the spread of fine droplets from your nose and mouth when you speak. Also, try to keep the 6-foot recommended distance from other people.
2) 2020 Seasonal raptor closure: Our resident pair of Peregrines selected a nest site on the 6th pitch of Sabbra Cadabra this year, similar to 2016 and 2018 nesting seasons. Please do not climb in the area shown here until approximately July 15, 2020. This includes the upper pitches of Sabbra Cadabra, Black Radish, and Hell Bent for Glory.
Every spring, Washington State Parks, WDFW, Access Fund, and Washington Climbers Coalition partner to identify the nest site of Index's Peregrine falcons. Once identified, a spot closure is instituted around the selected nest site through approximately July 15th. Report potential raptor nesting activity to email@example.com. Big thanks to WDFW and the climbers who are assisting with the Index Volunteer Raptor Monitoring Program each year, and to Patagonia & Feathered Friends for additional support of the Newhalem and Index raptor programs!
A series of well protected balance moves that begin in a shallow right facing corner on perfect Index granite. Good friction the whole way with a crux between the 2nd and 3rd bolt. The route ends with a reach to jugs through a dyke.
Entirely cleaned from decades of detritus in 2019. All bolts are stainless hardware and their condition 30 years later is testimony to placing quality hardware. Mysteriously, I found no fixed anchors during cleaning, just four bolts leading into oblivion.
This climb lies at "Shady Lane East" This is the series of overlaps and amazing roofs encountered on the UTW trail just below the UTW proper. Break left (west) along the base of this wall through some ferns and a short water runnel, Class Action will be 100 feet from the UTW trail. Continuing along this trail for five minutes brings climbers to "Shady Lane West"