REI Community
Poland Hill
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Ape Walk T 
Bear Voo, The T 
Bistro, The 
Boulder Hopper T 
Clean and Jerk T 
Cool Jet T,TR 
Estrogen Patch Remover T 
Fantasia T 
Green With Envy T 
Kim T 
Little Old Crack aka Boulder Hop T 
Orbital Ridge T,TR 
Overload T 
Petit Crapon T 
Piece of Dirt S 
Remote Control T 
Skull T 
Soul of a Poet 
Southwest Friction S 
Stem Christie T 
Sugar Crack T 
Sweet Finish T 
Tanfasia T 
Underachiever  T 
Unsorted Routes:

Southwest Friction 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: unknown
Page Views: 1,742
Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Aug 8, 2001

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (58)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Matt Clark following Southwest Friction.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


This is the clean low angle slab to the left of Kim on the Rat Brain. It is a little runout, but what 5.4 slab isn't? It is a nice introduction to friction.


2 bolts, eyebolts on top.

Photos of Southwest Friction Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Frictioning to the top of Poland Hill.
Frictioning to the top of Poland Hill.
Rock Climbing Photo: Southwest Friction.
Southwest Friction.

Comments on Southwest Friction Add Comment
Show which comments
By Aaron Shupp
Feb 28, 2002

There is also a bolt on the face.
By Chad Bowman
May 19, 2005
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Easy slab, and lots of fun. One thing my partner and I tried was to climb it without hands. if you're bored with Fantasia and the others, try it!
By David Bayendor
From: Denver, CO
Jun 29, 2009

Using the bolts at the top of this climb you can also top rope some excellent face climbing just to the right of this route that is higher angle. There is no designated route description, but it pushes the grade to 5.6 just for variation and to add to the challenge.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Jun 20, 2010
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R

This was pretty casual, but take care if you are not comfortable without big positive handholds. (Spoiler!) The climbing gets easier after the second (last) bolt, but you get into crater territory near the top.
By Eben Daggett
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2013
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Very easy, a little eerily runout. However, this is a great climb for those of you who don't feel comfortable leading the other routes but want to top rope them.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About