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Boneless Chicken Ranch T 
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Lichen It T 
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Spellcaster S 

Scorpio Rising  

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Eric Berghorn, Jerry Dodrill
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Eric Berghorn on Jul 10, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: This anchor serves 4 routes. Spacious top out ledg...


This is a well protected face climb which ascends through a slight overhang before topping out on a slab. The climb was named after a scorpion (which I had not seen before at MSH) unveiled itself to my belayer at the base during an ascent earlier this year.


Scorpio Rising is located at the far western facing side of the "lower buttress". Continue Hiking out past Shutes/Mills 200 ft. on the lower trail passing Step to the Left. The trail here continues dropping down another 100 feet before traversing back toward the lower buttress base area. Scramble up left, beyond the belay of Continental Drift Whiplash, Boneless Chicken Ranch, and Seymour Frishberg. Continue across a narrow ledge for 30 feet, past the base of Lichen It, and Farthing, until you reach an obvious belay ledge beneath the route.


5 S.S. Glue-In bolts to chain anchor with lower off rings on a ledge at the top of the slab.

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By Sergey Shelukhin
From: Seattle, WA
Sep 9, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Can someone elaborate on the location?
Is this the route with a steep scramble on the left with bunch of bushes, and first bolt just above a small roof-like thing, then 2 bolts following very closely after on a tiny bit of overhang, then 2 bolts on the slab?

I led something 5-bolt (pre-clipped the first bolt from the scramble since we had no idea what it was), sounds kind of like this route although I'd say it was 10a ;)
By splitclimber
Sep 11, 2014

sounds like you found it. The location description is right on - you'll pass two left facing corners across a ledge to the start which is a little crumbly and some trimmed back manzanita. you top out and walk back to the chain anchor up on a boulder.

I'd give it a 10a as well. fun climb.

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