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Dances with Clams 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Tom Heins, Pete Keane, 1991
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Submitted By: David Tvedt on May 3, 2006

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Given 10a in the 92 Watt's guide, this route has continued to lose some holds since then, and is a bit harder now. Overall, the rock on the route now feels pretty solid. Wide edge moves lead to a tricky overhung finish on pockets and edges just before the anchors.


On a short pillar just off the Misery Ridge/Red Wall trail, below Bill's Flake. The route on the right side of the pillar.


Bolts (aprox. 4). Rap anchors.

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By grizz Burton
May 12, 2008
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun route that I found to be somewhat tricky to start and finish. Jugs through the middle. I'd give it 3 stars if it were a little longer.
By Wolfgang Braun
From: Beavercreek, Oregon
Oct 14, 2008
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This route is fun jug climbing to a somewhat hard move right below the chains.
By Nate Tack
Mar 29, 2010

Climbed this route on Saturday skipping the bolts and placing natural gear. Makes for a fun gear pitch, too bad the bolts are already there :-(

Gear beta. Micro brass nut down low (sort of useless once you get going. ) Slight run-out to the side-pull flake where 2x Green C3s go in, these cams are not great but you can double them up and feel sort of good about it. Climb below bulge and stick bomber #2 BD in the horizontal and go to the anchors.

By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
May 3, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

65 feet? LAWL!!! More like 40.
By T Banch
From: Aspen, CO
May 28, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Definitely a little short but still totally worth doing! Plenty of fun moves. Crux comes right past the last bolt, and right past the overhang, which made it feel totally safe. I felt more comfortable leading this route than some slabby routes of an easier grade. BETA WARNING: A few people I've talked to missed the finishing jug and just grabbed the chains. It's up and left of the anchor.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Jul 25, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Still 10a despite any "missing holds" but is a great warmup romp on this wall.
By Daniel Bookless
From: Portland, OR
Apr 11, 2016

Gym climb, in the best possible sense. One of those routes that is worth running laps on, if no ones in line
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Apr 17, 2017
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fingers and toes sore from nubbins? Brain fried from run outs? This is a great gym style sport route is pretty refreshing.
By Ryan Bowen
From: Bend, Or
Aug 11, 2017
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

The jug for clipping the first bolt is very hollow. I could feel it flexing as I was reaching for the hanger.

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