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

Type:  Sport, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Courtney Braun and Dave McRae, June 2015. Orion Pass variation 6/15/2016 by Dave McRae and Jazmyn Cotrufello
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Dave McRae on Jun 21, 2015

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First Ascent of Orion

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Sustained .10- nubbins with a crux passing the second bolt. Starts up a 12 ft flake of so-so rock to get to the high quality upper wall.
Clip the anchor at 85 feet and lower, or continue up and right to Risky Pass (5.10c). This can be broken up into a second pitch, or for full-value, go for the Orion Pass mega-pitch, 20 bolts and 185 feet! Belay at the top and make two rappels with a 60 meter rope.


Second bolted route left of Asterisk Pass. 30 ft. left of Hawks Nest.


9 bolts to a chain anchor

Photos of Orion Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo map for Master of Puppets area
Topo map for Master of Puppets area
Rock Climbing Photo: Courtney on the First Ascent of Orion
Courtney on the First Ascent of Orion

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By aberator
From: Eugene, OR
Jul 13, 2015
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun new route with lots of texture and good clipping stances! I couldn't accurately gauge the grade, as I was climbing by headlamp and popped a nubbin at one point, all of which increased the perceived spiciness. However, I suspect this route will settle in the 9+/10- range once it gets climbed a few more times. Great new addition to the area!
By Phildlm
Oct 14, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

My son and I did this, along with a few other 10a, 10b, 10c and 11a routes today. We both agreed Orion was a 10b on the Smith scale. We've done almost all the 10a and 10b sport routes in the park over the last few years. Orion feels more like a 10b. Delicate moves. Will clean up with time. There are still a few loose bits here and there, but nothing that should stop you from giving it a go. Note - the rock is a bit sharp so don't wait until that last day of your trip when your tips are fried.
By Dave McRae
Apr 17, 2017

A couple key nubbins around the third bolt broke and made this route harder. The grade is now 5.10b
By ckersch
Jul 22, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Did this yesterday. Moves felt easier, but more sustained, than something like light the path. Fun!

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