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A continuous onslaught of challenging moves lead to a thin crux just before the anchors. Catalyst climbs like a continuous series of intriguing boulder problems broken by ledge rests. As a (sport) classic in its own right, it however feels to me to be a bit close to the ultra-classic Cruel Sister (trad) on the right.
Catwalk cliff (south side of the Crooked River). On the collumn just left of Cruel Sister.
Andy Burr Photo.
|By Vernon Stiefel|
Jun 11, 2006
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b
This bolted basalt column is one of the best in the Lower and Upper Gorge. The technical aspect of the route is similar to "Try To Be Hip" but the difficult moves are slightly more powerful and more numerous.
Even though the route is adjacent to "Cruel Sister" it remains an independent line to the anchors.
|By Andy Laakmann|
From: Bend, OR
Jun 9, 2011
Awesome TR after Cruel Sister. The top crux is a heartbreaker after the struggle below.
From: Bend, OR
Apr 3, 2013
this routes doesn't seem to be insanely pumpy. But every time I come down from it, I feel about as exhausted as if I had just wrestled a bear.
|By Alex Quitiquit|
From: Salt Lake City
May 29, 2013
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b
This thing is awesome!! Beat the crowds in the park and head to the lower gorge for some column slapping and airy compression moves.
The second bolt is just out of reach from the low clipping stance so don't blow it making the move to clip it... the ground seems pretty close there.