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Risky Pass 

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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Dave McRae 2/2015. Orion Pass variation: Dave McRae and Jazmyn Cotrufello 6/2016
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Dave McRae on Jun 19, 2016  with updates from Carl Schaefer

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Risky Pass is a 110 foot, second pitch, sustained 5.10 with breath-taking position and still evolving rock quality. When accessed via Orion (5.10a), and finished off with Skydive (5.10c), it's a spectacular three pitch bolted route.

It's named after the questionable play call that cost the Seahawks the Superbowl in 2015, and was originally ascended as a second pitch to Hawks Nest, a route named in honor of the Seahawks' winning Superbowl effort in 2014.


Risky Pass is located on the same feature as Sky Ridge, but on the East (main area) facing aspect. It can be accessed any of three ways: via Asterisk Pass and the first pitch of Sky Ridge , as a second pitch to Hawks Nest (better), or as a second pitch/extension to Orion (best!). When linked in a single pitch with Orion, it's a 190 ft, sustained 5.10 with 20 bolts.


11 bolts to chain anchors on a comfortable ledge. Belay at the top. Descent: two rappels down the East face with a single 60 meter rope.

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By Carl Schaefer
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 16, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Really fun line with great exposure!

This 2nd pitch climb mostly follows a line just left of the arête above Hawks Nest. It can be accessed from the 2nd set of anchors above Hawks Nest (continue over the top of the pillar) or via a short bolt line that trends right from the top of Orion.

It's a bit dirty but the holds on the face seem solid. The arête is definitely crumbly; be careful going out there.

I used ten draws on the route including one to clip the Orion anchor as I left.
I skipped clipping the 2nd bolt from the top as it's on the west side of the arête and would add a lot of drag unless extended with a shoulder sling.

Rappelling from the anchor with a 60m easily reaches the Leper Messiah anchor. Take care how the rope runs at the top to minimize drag when pulling it.

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