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Blue Grouse 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Amanto Marcotulli/Walter Burkhardt/River Ruhde
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Submitted By: Walter Burkhardt 1 on Jul 1, 2016

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Get under the roof, clip the first bolt and move o...


Well bolted beginner route with a non traditional start move. Side pulls, under clings, lay backs.
A little background: on my forays up to Cooper Spur I would call out to what I thought was an owl hooting at me; four hoots and I would respond with four, this would go on until I couldn't hear anymore 1/2mi or more away. Turns out it was a Blue Grouse and it is their mating call; no wonder they kept up so long!


On the same column as Felsschlüpfer just to climbers right.



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By Walter Burkhardt 1
Jul 2, 2016

Let me know what you think of the grade I have not been climbing much lately so I am not a good judge. Thanks, Walter.
By David J. Thompson
From: Hood River
Jul 28, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

By daricouv
Aug 26, 2016

5.9 - only because of the beginning (not straightforward 5.7 moves) and the end. The middle is more like a hard 5.8.
By Byron Marohn
From: Portland, OR
May 28, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I'm going to agree with 5.9. 80% of the moves are probably 5.8, with just a few that are a little trickier. This climb is a great easier lead route or warm up - very consistent climbing with good flow to shake off the unpleasant hike up to the wall. Very well cleaned for a Klinger route, let alone a new route.
By Walter Burkhardt 1
Jun 14, 2017

Thanks, I tend to clean well, I weigh in over 200 so I make sure holds can take it.
By Patrick Beeson
From: Portland, OR
Jun 26, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I found this to be an enjoyable route. Nothing particularly challenging, just consistent climbing with lots of bolts and a great view at the anchors.

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