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Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : McLellan Rocks : The Hood : ... : Photo
By: Adam Volwiler When: Nov 10, 2011

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Comments: I climbed that funky corner a few years back. I remember it being in the 5.8-9 range. It was kinda hard to protect and still pretty dirty.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Smokey Overhang (5.9)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jul 26, 2011

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Comments: If this line is climbed off the huge boulder it is in no way a 5.9. A tall person can reach the first hand jam and then jump to a jug but you will have no feet whatsoever. If you are short you can use a total crap crimper and jam a foot but that move is more like 11d-12a. However you do the bottom its more like hard 11. The next 10 feet are slab and very easy but pulling the off-width roof is damn hard. It's totally overhung and the good jams are about 3 feet back in the crack. That and having y... more >>


Location: OR : Trout Creek : The Main Wall : Gold Rush (5.10-)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 27, 2011

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Comments: This route was way to much fun.


Location: ID : Q'Emlin Park : Garden Wall : Fearless Leader (5.11c)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 21, 2011

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Comments: It is on Rocky wall. It is also very possible to deck from the second and third bolt. At the very least the belayer will probably get an ass helmet. This is the best climb on the wall though.


Location: OR : Smith Rock : Monkey Face : Monkey Off My Back (5.8+)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: The West Face variation linked up with this as a final pitch is the way to go. You don't have to deal with the goofy boulder at the top of the 5.7 since Monkey Off My Back ends at the top. The exposure was awesome, you feel like you are climbing on the side of some kind of floating boulder. This was the best 5.9 I had done in a long time. One 5.9ish move and the rest was pretty cake.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Dishman : Wings (5.11c)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: If you are short this climb might feel more like 11b/impossible at the start, seems like most people use the cheater stones. The top is fun but nothing to write home about. The throw is what makes this climb super fun.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Dishman : Chicken Spread (5.9+)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: This route is sneaky hard.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Love Bulge (5.10c)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: One hit wonder that isn't that wonderful.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Z Crack (5.10a PG13)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: It's not pg13. If you have smaller cams you can plug about 10 of them in.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Tea with the Queen (5.11d)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Yeah, that top section is super hard but it will go sooner or later. I have yet to see anyone get it.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Black Corner (5.8+)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Fun but really short.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Don Quixote (5.10c/d)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: This is my favorite climb at Minne and probably the best trad 10d in the area. I just wish it was a bit longer. Be ready to thrutch your way up if you aren't real comfortable leading 10d. It's burly, pumpy and you seem to have to do alot of moves to only get 45 feet.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : The Rush-Ins are coming (5.11a)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Fun but I'm not leading that damn thing ever again.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : The Prow (5.10d)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: I'm with Scott on this one, The Prow is one of the best 10s at Minne and the only one worth doing on sport. The bolts do look far apart but they are right where you want them. I replaced the crappy cold shuts at the top a few years back because they had the irritating habit of falling off the bolt.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : Heart Route (5.9)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Good TR but to call this route Sport or Trad is kinda false. It does have a bolt but its old and about 20 feet off the deck. then you get to climb another 15 feet before you get to the anchors.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : The Diagonal (5.8)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: The gear on this route is pretty poor until after the roof/corner section. If you fell at the, for the most part unprotected, crux you would be in for some pain. The top can be protected well though.


Location: WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : Spokane Area : Minnehaha : The Dihedral (5.9+)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Good gear if you want to lead it. Its a stiff 5.9 and be prepared to mess a bit with your gear, the crux is really well protected though. Single rack and maybe a blue tri-cam.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Tumwater Canyon : Castle Rock : Midway Direct (5.6)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Stepping from Jello Tower is really fun. I thought the first pitch up to the top of Jello Tower was a bit stiff for 5.6 but it protected well by just sliding a #4. Great route.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Icicle Creek : Givler's Dome : Givler's Crack (5.7+)
By: Adam Volwiler When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: If you have a 70 and are willing to build an anchor about 10 feet from the top you can always do it in one pitch. I was having so much fun I just kept going and about 10 feet from the top I ran out of rope. If you bypass the 5.7 start by walking up the ramp to the right you can do the pitch in one long rope stretcher for sure.