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Underground Economy 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: jdberndt on Jun 9, 2013

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This route is high quality rock with solid if not sometimes slick rock. The climbing is blocky with good stances for rest and easy clips. More or less sustained for the grade. Belay your partner up and sit at the anchor for a while to enjoy the view.


There is a trail leading to start of this route at the NE end of the concrete bridge.


5 bolts

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Dec 16, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

this is about the center of the bridge, before there was a fence one would belay off the bridge. Now you have to get in from hiking in from the end.Like allot of 5.9's at Exit 38 it may be scary for a new leader.
By Dan Corcoran
From: Kenmore, WA
Aug 26, 2016

This is a fun and challenging climb for its grade. Full Value 5.9.

The only bad thing about it is the approach. I don't know how often this gets climbed but in late august 2016 the trail under the bridge was a mess of thorny brush and loose dirt. Once you are under the bridge you have to scramble up a little ramp to stand on a bridge pylon for the belay. The rock is good quality, but it is very smooth and slippery in some places, including this ramp. Getting to the belay is no issue, but the first move or two is a bit exposed since you will start from this smooth ramp and you are already about 10 feet up from the ground. Add to this that the first couple of moves are a little tricky. It is probably equivalent to a V0 boulder problem but if you fall before you clip, you are going to at best hit a slick ledge and slide down the awkward ramp 10 feet. If you got hurt, it would be a major hassle to get back out from under the bridge. So, based on the fall potential, if you are leading near your limit you might want to stick clip the first bolt.

Once you are on route, this is a great climb. Definitely one of the better 5.9 routes at Exit 38 IMHO.
By H Klein
Jul 5, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I just hopped the fence from the bridge onto one of the concrete buttresses. Felt much easier than the trail which is a mess of thorns and loose rock. I agree its a little tough for the grade, mostly due to the slick rock.

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