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Silent Running 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 7 pitches, 900', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Original: Don Brooks and Brent Hoffman (1970). Current version, incl. bonus pitch: David Whitelaw, Matt Perkins, and Chris Greyell (1999).
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Submitted By: Alex Mitchell on Jul 29, 2013

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Classic climb that climbs the middle of the shield on Three O'clock Rock. All bolts are new and in great shape. The first six pitches go at 5.9+ and does not require doing the last pitch, which goes at 5.10b, as you rap the route you came up.

Pitch #1 - 5.6: Climb from the low point of the slab from where the Eight Mile Creek Trail meets the cliff and goes along its base. There is a bolt about 20 feet above the right-facing dihedral. Then climb to the anchors. 170 feet.

Pitch #2 - 5.8: Follow safe but spread-out bolts pretty much straight up to a set of anchors. 160 feet.

Pitch #3 - 5.9+: This is a very heavily bolted pitch that climbs a more technical friction slab. The most sustained pitch on the climb as it does not let up. 160 feet.

Pitch #4 - 5.8: Very fun pitch! Crux is the first two bolts directly off the belay then the climbing gets very easy climbing fun knobby rock. There is a fixed pin on this section if you can find it. The line the trends slightly left of a bush past two more bolts to anchors. 150 feet.

Pitch #5 - 5.8: This pitch climbs up and to the right following well bolted terrain to a two bolt anchor.

Pitch #6 - 5.9+: This climb goes slightly left up though a slab squeezed between the bushes. This pitch has a couple hard balancy moves but is well bolted.

Pitch #7 - 5.10b: Follow several bolts up over some cool overlaps. Follow the small dihedral up to some very thin slab (crux) past two bolts. 20 more feet will bring you to the anchors. 160 feet.


From interstate 5 take exit #208 and go east on highway 530 to the town of Darrington. From the center of town take a right at the shell station onto Mountain Loop Highway. Drive for 2.9 miles until you see a dirt road (FS road #2060) on the right just before the clear creek campground. Take this dirt road for 6.1 miles staying right at the split until you reach the Eightmile Creek TH. Park on the left and take the trail for which will bring you out right at the base of Silent Running. Hike takes about 30 min at a moderate pace and is a very well built trail.


All moves that are 5.7 or harder are bolt protected. So if you are alright running out easy 5th class terrain you can leave the cams at home. The worst run out is on the very easy first pitch which goes at 5.6. The hardest move being directly next to the bolt.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rose with (Cheddar Cheese Balls) in tow almost to ...
Rose with (Cheddar Cheese Balls) in tow almost to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Miho U on Silent Running, pitch 3 (10a).
Miho U on Silent Running, pitch 3 (10a).
Rock Climbing Photo: Half ropes are nice to cut back on drag for the 9+...
Half ropes are nice to cut back on drag for the 9+...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Toler following Silent Running, running ahead...
Dave Toler following Silent Running, running ahead...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the belay at the top of Pitch 1 of...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up from the belay at the top of Pitch 1 of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe starting up Pitch 1 of Silent Running.
BETA PHOTO: Joe starting up Pitch 1 of Silent Running.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo by Matt Perkins (See for fu...
BETA PHOTO: Topo by Matt Perkins (See for fu...

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By Brett Thompson
From: Washington State
Jan 1, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

FA of original Silent Running: Don Brooks and Brent Hoffman 1970
FA of current version including bonus pitch: David Whitelaw, Matt Perkins, and Chris Greyell 1999
By oretro
Aug 5, 2015

The final pitch definitely sees less use than rest of route. Unlike the rest of the pitches, there is a good amount of lichen on the rock, making the footholds less secure. There's also moss in the cracks near the top, which I tried to clean out with my hands (bring a nut tool). I placed a #1 and #2 in a mossy crack near the top and wished I'd had some nuts or smaller cams (<0.5) for some smaller cracks that would have taken pro.
By Matt Perkins
From: Seattle, Washington
Oct 18, 2015

The last pitch is fun.
By Jarrod LaFountain
May 1, 2016

No longer a trad climb... Very well bolted (even last pitch). We placed one psychological cam.
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 10, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Pitches 2,3, and 7 are awesome. The whole route is, for a slab climb, very comfortably protected. Appreciated having small cams to #2, especially on p7. P7 is not 10b. Maybe 10a, but felt more 9/9+ to me. Look for right facing dihedral with a single bolt above and that is your line. Hanger and bolt loose on p1 anchors. Awesome line, beautiful setting!
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Sep 12, 2016

Sorry to hear about your partners fall Kameron, I forgot to grab your bail biner after my own ride yesterday. Booty alert, there's a red biner before the dihedral and a green camp nano on the last bolt.

Last pitch was damp from fog in the morning, I fell before you get some hands above the last bolt. I had placed a pretty marginal tiny silver wallnut in that same right facing dihedral that Kameron's partner ripped a .2 from and it ripped from the side load of the rope going taught. I stopped all the way down below that dihedral, pretty good fall dropping off the big overlap up higher.

I went for it again despite a slightly bruised heel, smears were just sliding away, I gave up and did some creative lowering.

A rack for the last pitch is nice, bring a #2 for the overlaps. Had a good purple totem (BD .5 size, c4 might be too wide) in that right facing dihedral midway up.

By oretro
May 14, 2017

As of May 7th, the base of the route is covered with snow. The route was mostly dry, though some cracks that might have been useful were covered with wetness and/or vegetation.

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