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Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Neverland : ... : Lost My Marbles (5.10b/c)
By: gregman When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: If it weren't for that pesky crux right at the start...

Fortunately, the bolt is well placed, but may be a challenging clip if you are not very tall since the feet. It's also somewhat beta intensive (although we may have had a disadvantage because of the recent rain, which reduced some of our options), so don't be afraid to try a few different options...there's some good holds to help pull yourself up onto the slab, obtaining them just isn't extremely obvious from the ground.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Neverland : ... : The Plank (5.10a)
By: gregman When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Definitely rap directly down from the anchors of the 5.7 to the top of the multi-pitch 5.11 route, will save you significant pains of trying to rap down the route itself. From there, a 60m rope will just barely hit the ground, so only two rap's will be necessary.

The 5.10a has an obvious crux on the slab face with some fairly significant exposure, but has quite a few options for passing through it, so don't hesitate to try a few different things while on lead.

There can be some road noise on t... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Deception Crags & ... : Amazonia : Q.D. Pie (5.10a)
By: gregman When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: If you show up and the 5.9 is occupied, resist the temptation to warm up on this climb. Unless you know the beta well, you'll get pumped trying to figure out how to traverse far right to follow the flake to the chains. There's so many other high quality routes here that this one just isn't worth the time unless there's absolutely nothing else open.

Climbers were struggling on this one all day while we were there, with many trying to take the 10c (left route after second bolt) and transfer over... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Deception Crags & ... : Amazonia : Radioactive Decay (5.10b)
By: gregman When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Pretty challenging and sustained 10b climbing through the first 4 clips or so, but once you get to the actual jug hold (you'll know it when you grab it), it's smooth sailing to the top with plenty of rests. Another tricky start to get onto the face, but fortunately not as bad as "I remember drooling", which is a positive in my opinion :)


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Deception Crags & ... : Amazonia : I Remember Drooling (5.10b)
By: gregman When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: The bolt right above the first move makes it well protected, but silly nonetheless. Puts a bit of a damper on what would otherwise be a great climb.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Motherland : Sheltered Upbringing (5.10b)
By: gregman When: Jul 7, 2014

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Comments: Due to the big block beneath the anchors, it's challenging to rappel and clean your draws in the same go. It's ideal to ensure your partner or someone else in your group can clean and rap down on this one, otherwise you're bound to be playing with some serious swings.

Otherwise, a totally fun and worth-your-time route...seems appropriate for the grade.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 32 / Little Si : Blackstone : Stepping Stones (5.10c)
By: gregman When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Really fun route, but beware you absolutely must have a 60m rope and be sure someone on the ground tells you your rope is down, as it will still barely make it...my friend actually had to hop off the bottom of the rope after rap'ing down! just a foot or so though :)


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 32 / Little Si : Blackstone : The Big Easy (5.10a)
By: gregman When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Lots of fun, great warm up route. As shown in the link above, this route is actually the *2nd* route from the left side now. The end is a bit tricky, but just go for it and you'll find the holds are quite sufficient :)


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 32 / Little Si : Blackstone : Blackstone 2 (5.8)
By: gregman When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Definitely run out between the 3 middle bolts, can be intimidating for newer leaders. Feels a lot harder than a 5.8 when the rock is wet; this area spends a lot of time in the shade, so it doesn't dry up quickly.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 32 / Little Si : AWOL : Kinder, Gentler, Carpet Bom... (5.9)
By: gregman When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Great fun, lots of ways to go play here. Be careful if it has rained recently this area does not get a lot of direct sunlight, so the deeper cracks will stay wet for a while, and you'll need to use the ledges (and a few jugs) on the arrete instead.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Interstate Park : ... : Missing the Taco (5.10b)
By: gregman When: Sep 2, 2012

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Comments: Can be top roped from the 5.8 climb on the right side of eastern block, "Attack of the Butter knives". Some interesting moves at the beginning, but then merges with the 5.8 for a pretty easy, but still enjoyable finish.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Interstate Park : ... : Ellie's Sweet Kiss (5.10a)
By: gregman When: Sep 2, 2012

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Comments: Fun longer climb! They may have added a bolt recently near the anchors, because there was definitely 7 bolts when I climbed it yesterday. I wouldn't exactly say there are no cruxes because there are some interesting moves when you are leading it, but it's certainly an easy top rope for any confident beginner.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : North Bend & Vicinity : Exit 38: Far Side : Interstate Park : ... : Kiss of the Crowbar (5.7)
By: gregman When: Sep 2, 2012

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Comments: Good first lead for confident climbers, and similarly a great TR for confident new climbers, but may be a bit too long for those who are less confident (we had a few newbies that had to turn back).