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Steel Grill 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Hench on Mar 16, 2009

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An offwidth that doesn't really require offwidth moves. Strenuous but protects really well. One of the best 5.9's at the Coulee.


Between Bob's Your Uncle and Mix It Up.


A double set of cams to 3 inches, or a single set of cams and one of hexes. Takes hexes really well.

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steel grill close up before the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Steel Grill (right crack).
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By Shaun Johnson
Sep 9, 2012

Super fun route.

It is now quite clean and climbs great.
By SHOPE Christian
From: Corvallis, OR
Jan 7, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Challenging 5.9

Excellent climb. I found it more challenging than Sinsemilla and about equal quality fun less the pigeon crap on Steel Grill.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Oct 28, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

If you have not climbed wide cracks much, you may want a #4 and #5 Camalot, and save a .5 and .75 for the top out.
This is a burly 5.9
By Jplotz
From: Wenatchee, WA
Jan 18, 2015

Fun jams through 70' of pigeon shit.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Feb 27, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

If you want a quality pigeon shit experience, try In To Deep next.
I adjusted the anchor on this in 2016, one bolt was very rusty, I added a bolt and chain and more chain to bolts on the right, a more direct line to the route.
By Gordon Seslar
From: Wenatchee, WA
Oct 28, 2015

awesome route when the attack pigeon isn't guarding it's lair. If the pigeon is in it's lair you will get your hands pecked relentlessly, use tape or else.
By mark webster
From: Gig Harbor
May 15, 2017

Excellent climb! It starts with some 'in your face' hand jams that protect very well in solid rock. Then it transitions to a series of pods. The pro is usually at the bottom of the pod and this means you have to figure out how to climb into the pod while the pro is at your feet. Each pod tapers down to about one inch at the bottom, so a bunch of one to two inch gear is best, like greens, reds and yellow camalots. The hardest move is a pod that has nothing to grab other than some tiny flakes. So you've got a nice rest as you work stuff out, and great gear at your chest, but pulling into that pod is quite a puzzle. The last 15 foot section to the anchor is easy. It's a finger crack supplemented with knee jams. As others have said, this climb is burly, but it's also quite safe. I brought up two #4's, three blues, 4 yellows, 2 reds and 3 greens, plus some fingers sized cams for the top section. Save the last 4 for the top.

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