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Snibble Tower 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a C1

Type:  Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 500', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a C1 [details]
FA: 1969 - John Marshall & John Haek
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Submitted By: corvegas on Feb 25, 2007  with updates from Topher Dabrowski

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A true Smith classic, really solid old school 5.9, a bit of rotten rock, small runouts and a little bit of aid. There are two different options for pitch 1.

P1 5.6 30' - This is the original party's line but not the best option. Climb up a left leaning ramp/gully to an old bolt belay.

P1 Alt. 5.9 90' - Climb a sport pitch starting in the same location as the original line. 7 or 8 clips get you to a two bolt belay.

P2 5.7R 70' - From either the original or alternative pitch 1 anchors, head up and right and enter the chimney/groove. Trash up this rotten delight plugging cams up to 8" wide where possible. Exit up a ramp trending right before it gets too steep and end at a large belay ledge with two new bolts.

P3 5.8 C1 60' - From the belay traverse the bolt ladder to the left on new bolts to and awkward exit move (nuts helpful) into some chossy stone. Head up left to a belay ledge with two bolts. 2nd should follow by aiding which would be easier than jugging.

P4 5.7 120' - Power over the bulge and follow the mostly solid left trending ramp to a 2 bolt anchor beneath the P5 roof.

P5 5.10a 140' - Move up the block and follow the crack thru the roof. Step around the corner and voila here is the 80' of corner crack. Starting as a slab corner it progressively gets steeper as one goes. The crack varies from hands to fists to tips and finishes with an awkward wide exit on to a ledge. Follow the easy way up for 30' to a 2 bolt belay.

P6 5.9 110' - Continue up a slab to a steep well protected step and corner. A short rising traverse to the right leads one into easier ground and to the summit where there are three bolted anchors.


The route begins to the left of White Satin following the obvious left trending system to the top. Starts at a Juniper tree.

Descent: Walk off


Double cams #0.5 to #3 and a #4
Set of small & med nuts

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By Lady Tapas
From: Portland, OR
Sep 11, 2013

This is snibble tower and according to the guide book its a 5.10a A1 R. It was a fun climb but lots of sketchy rock. Perfect shade from noon on!
By Derrick Peppers
From: everywhere
Oct 31, 2013

what is sniffle tower? also, the 10a first pitch is pretty acurrate to other 10as in the park.
By David Wade
Jan 7, 2014

One of the "old" bolts on the aid traverse popped off on December 24. This section is now a little harder than A0. Could probably be freed in the 11s, and could probably be aided by someone comfortable/skilled with shaky aid.
By Sam Bedell
From: Bend, OR
Apr 11, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a C1-2 R

As of Sunday 4/10/16 the 4th bolt on the bolt ladder is still missing. There are holds allowing you to free climb up and clip the next bolt, or I guess you could do some sketchy hooking for a couple moves. I would say that the moves are 5.11ish between the bolts, perfectly doable and still a better option than the original free variation up the choss chimney.

The 4th class last pitch has many variations. I chose to cut back right and go straight up to the summit: low 5th R/X choss.

The guidebook calls the first pitch 10a and while it is easy for that grade, 5.8 seems like a bit of a sandbag also. Either way the real challenge and fun lies above.
By Topher Dabrowski
May 10, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C1 PG13

As of May 8th, 2017 all the bolts on the aid pitch are now replaced. Also all the belay stations are now all bolted and a new 6th pitch of climbing will take one to the top of the tower. The descend from there is much easier with one short rap and a walk to the rap anchors. Thanks to Ben Priestly for his dedication to get this route in order.

There is a fixed cam on the crux pitch and this is the only place that a larger #4 Camalot would be useful. Otherwise take doubles and long slings as this pitch can eat gear. One other thing to note, as you turn the corner into the stellar crack/corner watch the rope doesn't get stuck in the slot, it'll create bad drag. One thing that will help is to climb and place gear on the left side of the block as you start out on this pitch.

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