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Technicians of the Sacred 

YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 6 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Andy DeKlerk
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Submitted By: Drewsky on Dec 30, 2008

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P1 in the afternoon

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This is a very cool looking 6 pitch climb up the entire wall that breaches the Golden Arch at its apex arete! I'm only familiar with P1; all pitches, however, are bolted with the exception of P6, which is a 5.8 crack. Some nuts might be useful to supplement the bolts and pins on the upper pitches, but that's merely a conjecture on my part, as are the descriptions of the upper pitches. The lower part of this route and possibly more are likely soaked by the waterfall until summer rolls around.

P1 (.12) climbs an attractive black and white corner to the right of Swim and Green Dragon. A crux down low leads to very continuous steep climbing through bulges and corners to a spacious ledge with a two bolt anchor.

P2 (.11-) is a bolted ramp.

P3 (.12-) is a sparsely bolted low-angled face.

P4 (.12b/c or .11b) either climbs the aforementioned arete straight-on or climbs higher up the corner and traverses back right, then climbs corners above.

P5 (.11) appears to be continuous 5.11 climbing through corners and aretes.

P6 (5.8) is a hand crack that requires natural gear.

I'll post more information when I climb the full route.


Start in the bolted black and white corner to the right of the waterfall.

Descent appears to be possible via the route, although I don't know what the rappel is like over the Golden Arch; care should be taken with that one because it looks like you could be left hanging in space! Bring two 60m ropes and be prepared to supplement the webbing and hardware. Some of the bolts are likely to be rather old as well, but the ones on the first pitch are solid as of '06.


Bolts. Gear for P6 and possible to supplement bolts and/or old fixed pins. Anchors appear fixed; however, bring webbing as many of them are sling belays.

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By Mikey Schaefer
From: Terrebonne, OR
Jul 4, 2014

If the first pitch is skipped by climbing up p1 of Davis-Holland and traversing across Madsen it goes at a fairly do-able 12a. This route deserves some traffic.
By Drewsky
Jul 4, 2014

Did you ever try the 'direct' version of the arete on P4, Mikey? I still haven't been up there but I'm curious.
By Mikey Schaefer
From: Terrebonne, OR
Jul 7, 2014

I still haven't tried the 12c variation. I might be around in september and will check it out then. amazing position!
By Ben Gilkison
Aug 1, 2015

Still haven't done this route, but I did spend an entire day scrubbing filth off the first pitch back in 06 or 07'. I thought it was pretty solid 12c. Brought Andrew Philbin up and watched him hike it Onsight several days later.
By kerwinl
May 2, 2016

I climbed the route yesterday with a buddy, every pitch was exciting and just clean enough to climb (a little clean up would definitely make the first pitch easier). I did unearth a few holds that appear to have never been used that were very handy for me. We added new quick links and rap rings to some of the anchors (P2, P3). P4 and P5 anchors have a nice new 1/2 inch bolt backing up the old bolts.

This route can be rappelled with a 70M cord, take care when rapping over the arch to maintain a swing or you can get stuck in space.

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