REI Community
(2) Hanging Gardens
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
B.F.D. T 
Chockstone Chimney T,TR 
Circus Act to Black Prow T 
Edges and Ledges T,TR 
From Something to Nothing S 
Fun in the Mud T 
Giant's Staircase T,TR 
Grace and Danger T,TR 
Hammer, The T,TR 
Hanging Gardens Route T 
Hobbit Hole T 
Hoe, The T,TR 
Loose Block Overhang T 
Sandy's Direct T 
Scorpion Seam S 
Sesame Street T 
Shining Star T 
Sickle, The T,TR 
Slapfest S 
Slow Drag (LBO variation) T 
So Embarrassing T 
Tips City T 

The Sickle 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
Page Views: 5,635
Submitted By: Mark Goodro on May 14, 2009

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (62)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: The Sickle 5.8 I'm not sure if the lower section i...


Short curving offwidth crack that starts 30 ft up the Hanging Garden wall to the right of Edges and Ledges. Can be top-roped or led from the ground up.


Route is about 10 ft to the right of Edges and Ledges. The anchor can be reached by hiking around from behind, or the route can be started by first climbing the lower wall to the ledge at base of the Sickle Crack.


Standard rack. Bolted anchor at the top.

Comments on The Sickle Add Comment
Show which comments
Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Apr 3, 2017
By BenCooper
May 18, 2009

The upper portion of Sickle is awesome. Great jams deep in the sickle-crack, great gear, and solid rock. The bottom portion presents many options, and I'm not sure whether these are different routes or simply alternate starts. I did a start to the right of what is shown as the red-dashed line in the photo. Nice finger locks and jugs, probably around 5.8.

Get on it! It's a great route.
By Teh Phuzzy
Jul 18, 2010

The bottom option presented is a 5.8. Step over two columns and you get a .9 option. And two more over is the "standard" route at .7 (all PRC)

The 8 is the most fun IMHO, but there is fun stemming all over if you are 6'+ and do yoga.

Great climb.
By Teh Phuzzy
Jul 18, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: life is full of choices
life is full of choices
By Teh Phuzzy
Jul 18, 2010

And, the Hammer has its own set of anchors
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Jun 12, 2012

All three starts to this route are fun. The 5.8 did seem the best. According to the Portland Rock Climbing book you need pro to 4" for this route. This is totally untrue, a #2 and #3 camalot provide great protection for the crux. Enjoy some awesome fist jams through the curving crack!
By Burk S.
From: Lebanon, Oregon
Jun 28, 2012

I did the thin crack between the 8 and 9 and really liked it. It takes small gear well, however, it was a weeping a bit after a few days of rain followed by one day of sunshine.
By daloc22
Sep 25, 2015

left two draws by accident yesterday (09/24/15) on the anchor above the hammer.

please do not take, am returning to grab them by this weekend. feel free to use them for the time being though!
By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Oct 8, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Oh god this is not a 5.8 or I have gotten really bad at rock climbing.
By Derek Tatum
Apr 10, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The curving crack up high is much harder than 5.8 but the bottom blocky section is 5.8 & fun
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Apr 11, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This route is most definitely 5.8 through the upper section. Two solid fist jams, and it's over.
By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Apr 3, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Led it again yesterday, and apparently need to once again clarify that this route is a 5.8 nowhere. After climbing sandstone hand/fist cracks in Liming, China for a month I can assuredly say this route is easily 9+/10- pretty much everywhere else in the world.

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