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Popeye and the Raven 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Joe Turley, Gene Smith 1981
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Submitted By: Crack Addict on Sep 10, 2006

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Climb up a steep ramp with increasing difficulty until reaching the crux around the third bolt. Although the difficulty decreases from here, there are a few spicy moves after the fourth bolt to gain the anchors.


Located on the left side of the Main Cliff. The climb begins just to the left of Quarryman and climbs the ramp to the top.


A few pieces .5 to 1 inch protect the lower section before reaching the first bolt. Four bolts will see you to the anchor 5 ft. left of Quarryman.

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By Ian Wolfe
From: Fayetteville, NC
Feb 23, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

For me, the key was stemming through the crux section. It seems improbable at first, but just go with it.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Aug 19, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Great route. Small nuts, TCUs, and a few handsize pieces supplement the bolts. Bit of an exciting ending once past the crux (assuming you don't traverse into Quarryman).
By cerickson
From: Portland, OR
Oct 6, 2009

Awesome route. A point of clarification ... there is a separate anchor for this climb located 5 ft to the left of the Quarryman anchor.
By Eric Chabot
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 8, 2014

led this the morning after rain. The bottom 10 feet of the climb were soaking wet but easily aided on nuts/c3s. There might be a cam placement above the last bolt but I'd already placed the one I wanted to use. So the top was a little spicy, especially when I grabbed a huge rotten log to top out on and almost pulled it down. Great climb, fun and technical stemming.
By M Bageant
From: Cambridge, MA
Jul 27, 2015

I placed about as much gear as I could find, and I used a red, yellow, and blue alien (0.5, 0.4, and 0.2 BD) and 0.75 Camalot. No need to take much else up, the bolts are very well spaced.
By rohanbk
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 1, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

1x#1 C4 (w/Quickdraw), 4 Quickdraws for the bolts, and whatever gear for the anchor is all I needed for this pitch. Not sure why people recommended taking so much gear on this pitch. The spacing of the bolts is perfectly safe.

The #1 fits into this perfect pod at the base of the dihedral before you quest off to stem up to the first bolt. You may be able to fiddle a Red C3 between bolts #3 and #4, but it will reduce your fall by 1-2 ft.
From: Nederland, CO
Oct 13, 2016
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

exciting sandbag!

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