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Dirty Pinkos 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: S. Eppes on Sep 21, 2013

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Original information was sent to from Ted Stahl and was edited by Mike Volk:
Mike Reusse and I completed the climb [Dirty Pinkos] last summer but were hesitant to post until it was cleaned further. I think it is a great adventure route. Similar in rock quality to "Wherever I May Roam" when it was first put up. The crux of the route is on the second pitch. The third pitch is a 120' traverse and goes at 5.8. Leader and follower need to be strong on 5.8. The fourth pitch is slabby 5.5 to a vertical 5.8 move getting off the climb.

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1st Pitch - Thin moves at the start leads to fun slab climbing up the outside corner next to the start of Super Slab. Use the anchors for SS or Animal Farm.

2nd Pitch- Strait up from the SS anchors, clip a bolt and head up through some blocks and on to the face. Follow the bolt line up to a set of chains.

3rd Pitch-Traverse right across a cool gully filled with neon lichen and up to a ledge with two bolts. Airy and fun.

4th Pitch- Follow the bolt line up the slab to a steep finish. This pitch has the most loose rock. You could probably finish via Gulag Archipelago as well. Don't use the gully as rockfall would be very dangerous for people at the base.

Walk off or you might be able to rappel one of the other routes near by

The climb is mostly solid and will clean up nicely once its seen more ascents.


Center area of Red Wall. Start is next to Super Slab.


Bolts. Take about 16 draws.

Photos of Dirty Pinkos Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Airy traverse on pitch 3
Airy traverse on pitch 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Leesa on the top of Gulag Archipelago (p4)
Leesa on the top of Gulag Archipelago (p4)
Rock Climbing Photo: We started from Super Slab, took the 5.7 sport rou...
We started from Super Slab, took the 5.7 sport rou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the fourth pitch
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the fourth pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the second pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leesa traversing P3 towards Gulag Archipaelago.
Leesa traversing P3 towards Gulag Archipaelago.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back across the third pitch traverse from ...
Looking back across the third pitch traverse from ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Traversing on Dirty Pinkos
Traversing on Dirty Pinkos
Rock Climbing Photo: Falling slackliners add some spice to P3's wel...
BETA PHOTO: Falling slackliners add some spice to P3's wel...

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By Suzanne Wilson 1
From: Placentia, California
Oct 15, 2013

What a spectacular route!!! The third pitch traverse was airy and exposed and made for some great pictures. I'd recommend helmets as there was enough loose rock. Descent is off the back along a path that joins in to Misery Ridge. Super easy descent.
By BSwett
From: Bend, Or.
Oct 25, 2013

Super creative line. Thanks guys for putting this thing up. Surprisingly clean considering the lack of traffic. I'd say you need more like 14+ draws, not 12.... And some long ones for the traverse will help with rope drag.
Also, when in doubt on the second pitch, go for the left hand bolt line.
By Anastasia B
From: Portland, OR
May 23, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Great route! Used 16 draws on the P3 traverse. We linked it up with the 4th pitch of Gulag Archipalago.
By Matt Farrell
From: Bend, Oregon
Sep 8, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Just climbed this yesterday. Very nice route. Extremely safe with tons of bolts. The first three pitches all felt 5.8 or easier. The very last couple moves felt like 5.9, especially if you were shorter. The holds are all quite hollow/questionable right at the end as well. There is a bolt right where you would want it at poor rock section, so even if a hold were to break the fall wouldn't be very far. The entire rest of the climb had very good rock quality, so it really just about 6 feet at the very top that is questionable rock.

If you don't want to link the 3rd pitch into Gulag Archipelago, you definitely don't need 16 draws. Also, 3 or 4 shoulder slings are very helpful for the 3rd pitch to reduce rope drag through the gully. If I do it again and not link, I would bring probably 10 draws and 4 slings, plus anchor building materials.

We didn't do it, but it seems like you should be able to link the first two with a 70, and maybe even with a 60. Linking the 3rd into the finish on Gulag is easy with a 60. Linking the 3rd into the 4th of Dirty Pinkos is much shorter than a 60, but the sharp turn makes for very bad rope drag.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Apr 4, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Got to disagree with all the praise for this route. It is safely bolted and does follow a cool line, but the loose and hollow rock on it is plentiful. I was lucky enough to climb it on a weekday and was intentionally cleaning minifridge sized blocks off this route on the lower pitches while I could still see that it was clear below. The upper pitches also need a great deal of cleaning for both lichen and bad rock.

I'd give it 1 star, an "OK" rating, and at most 5.8 in difficulty. It should get better over the years.
By Matt Farrell
From: Bend, Oregon
Apr 22, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Bryan - are you sure you were on the same route? I just climbed it again yesterday and its exactly as I remember it from last summer. There were definitely no minifridge sized blocks that could possibly be trundled last summer or yesterday.

Not much lichen on it. After climbing it for a second time, I think what I wrote last summer is still accurate - its really only the last maybe 8 feet that have poor quality rock. Everything else on the climb is quite solid.

That said, if you link the last pitch into the 4th pitch of Gulag Archipelago, then that pitch has some loose blocks that need to be trundled. Its a shame because the climbing is much better on that 4th pitch and would be the best finish, but until the loose crap on that pitch is cleaned I'm not sure I would recommend it.
By bmb
Sep 29, 2015

Great route! The traverse and pulling up over the final pitch were pretty fun. Rock quality was good overall. Pitch 2 had some small loose stuff on it, so belayers beware. Pitch 2 also gets pretty run out initially, although the runout section is basically just clambering over boulders and pretty simple, but definitely would not want to fall. Pretty cool to have the option to top out the final pitch of Gulag if you want some extra exposure.
By Topher Dabrowski
Oct 4, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The majority of the bolt hangers on this route are positioned incorrectly. The are about 30-45 degrees off vertical and will load a carabiner more towards its nose (the weaker side) and not along the spine, especially smaller biners. These should be reset by loosening the hanger and ensuring the clipping hole is positioned vertically. If anyone knows the guys who set the route please ask them to go fix this issue. There is plenty of information available on proper bolt hanger orientation from the manufacturers of the hardware.

Otherwise a fun route, good varied climbing. Pitch 2 has good thoughtful sequences and is well protected. So is the traverse, lots of bolts. The last pitch has a spicy ending.
By Liz Sias
From: Portland, OR
Oct 28, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

REALLY fun route. This is definitely my favorite moderate multi-pitch sport route at Smith now. I'd say the final moves at the top of pitch 4 are at least 5.9+, not 5.8 as the description says.
By tsherry
From: Portland, OR
Jun 26, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

WOW! Such a fun route. My buddy and I were sitting at the base of Super Slab waiting for shade when this route was suggested to us by a passing climber. So glad they did. This route is incredibly fun with a ton of great moves. Every hold is there. It was almost like the rock was reading my mind and giving me the holds I needed...
"hmm, a sidepull would be nice." BOOM. Sidepull.

Highly recommend this route. I don't know if 16 draws were required, but we brought a ton. Used alpine draws for the traverse and helped with drag.
By Phildlm
Oct 10, 2016

We did the route this weekend (October 2016) as two parties of two, 2 guys, 2 gals. Great route - highly recommended! I'm a 5.10+, 5.11- climber, but here was my assessment of the ratings, and I think we all agreed as a group which included mostly 5.10 climbers.
Pitch 1 = 5.7-5.8
Pitch 2 = 5.10a possibly due to the exposure and bolts being placed so far left. Note there's a hanging belay at this anchor.
Pitch 3 = 5.6 traverse. Super fun and unique for Smith.
Pitch 4 = 5.easy except for the last four moves which go at 5.10a also possibly due to exposure. But that said, the moves are well bolted.

We didn't find any loose rock. It seems to be cleaning up nicely. 16 draws useful if you want to clip all the traverse bolts (and you probably should).
By S. Saunders
Nov 9, 2016

Kudos to the FA's on putting up this creative route. Super fun, super safe, and super awesome position. The traverse, while very mellow, added a lot to the character of the route, and added a bit more time off the ground.

The crux pitches had a few solid, sweet 9 moves, but nothing harder.

The exit move was cool, and the rock quality wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

The first pitch can be a bit of a cluster with traffic on super slab, but you'll quickly leave them once you cast off on p2.
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Apr 20, 2017

Just a note for anyone who read Topher's bolting comment, he is wrong. Hangers should be angled so that the edge the biner loads is in line with the bolt.
By Byron Igoe
Jun 5, 2017

Walk-off Beta: After topping out, walk left (toward Picnic Lunch) a little until you can scramble up another 10 feet. Now walk right to pass a signpost and meet up with the obvious trail down.

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