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The Zipper 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mark Weigelt, 70
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Submitted By: Drewsky on Dec 30, 2008

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Zipper (10b), near anchor.

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Description 

The first pitch is often climbed as it is a fun .10 slab/thin crack.
Pitch 2 is the obvious roof that is visible from the road. Pitch 4 starts from the Beach, so is technically on the Upper Cheeks.

For pitch 1, climb a steep 5.9 corner with a crack to access the slab. Thin crack and crux slab climbing lead to a bolted, chain anchor below the roof. Continue via aid or descend. One 70-m rope is more than enough to rap off or toprope.

Location 

Around the corner to the right of Clay and All Dogs Go to Heaven is this slab with an obvious corner below it. Descend with a 60m rope.

Protection 

Gear small to 2 inch. Fixed rappel anchor on top of P1. Other pitches probably require pins, etc. and the condition of their anchors is unknown.


Photos of The Zipper Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux region of P1 (10b) of the Zipper.
Crux region of P1 (10b) of the Zipper.
Rock Climbing Photo: Taking a break on the Zipper
Taking a break on the Zipper
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia on the upper section of the Zipper
Julia on the upper section of the Zipper
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia starting off the Zipper
Julia starting off the Zipper
Rock Climbing Photo: The ice cream scoop roof
The ice cream scoop roof
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the Zipper from the base.
Looking up at the Zipper from the base.

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By Jon Nelson
Administrator
From: Bellingham, WA
Mar 12, 2013

The first pitch is a fun mix of slab and crack climbing.

Another big plus is that it, as well as several routes just to the right, can be climbed in a light rain.
By braddean Lignoski
From: Seattle
Jun 13, 2013

Pitch 3 (5.10) is great and pitch 4 (5.11 a or b) is absolutely classic. There is also a new pitch that brings the route all the way to the top of the wall.

This route is not to be missed!
By Jon Nelson
Administrator
From: Bellingham, WA
May 17, 2014

I completely agree about pitches 3-5: they should not be missed. But they are best approached via the Perverse Traverse (no need for a rope now - just clip into the cable) and walk along "The Beach".
By J.Cirillo
From: Seattle, Washington
May 31, 2015

Bring lots of small nuts for the slab.
By Josh Lowy
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 25, 2016

Made a Thanksgiving excursion yesterday out to the Cheeks. The Zipper was mostly dry even in the pouring rain, definitely climbable as were the neighboring hard sport climbs. Line is really fun, there seems to be a somewhat loose block in the middle of it, shortly before the crux. Big enough and not loose enough that I think it will pop, but in due time a fall on a piece next to it could easily change that.
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia on The Zipper
Julia on The Zipper
By IJMayer
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 23, 2017

^What J. Cirillo said
By Michael Carter
Jul 19, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

i can't believe more people don't climb this thing!

cleaned out a lot of spider-webs yesterday, but the route is in good condition!

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