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Four Little Fishies 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Bob Archbold
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Submitted By: Brian Milhaupt on Aug 6, 2002

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Me sending Four Little Fishies.

Description 

A great straighforward sport route. Follow the trail from the parking area north, it will turn uphill towards the left side of Aquarium Rock. The route starts on the left side of the gully at the base of a slab. Scramble the slab to the first clip. Fire straight up the well-worn face past five or six bolts, followed by a long runout on easy low angle terrain with one horn to sling. A one 60m rappel from the backside. A short downclimb is necessary to reach the rappel bolts.


Protection 

6 draws, one long sling, a couple mid-size cams for the belay



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Jamie, Mike, Paula and Toni at the top of Four Little Fishes in 2001, I think.
Jamie, Mike, Paula and Toni at the top of Four Lit...
Starting the moves over the bulge and up to the last bolt.
Starting the moves over the bulge and up to the la...
After the crux starting move on the way to the second bolt.
After the crux starting move on the way to the sec...
Leading the first ascent of "Four Little Fishies" in 1979
Leading the first ascent of "Four Little Fishies" ...
Contemplating the tricky moves left to the horizontal and the third bolt.
Contemplating the tricky moves left to the horizon...
On the low angle easy rock at the start of the 60 foot runout (it's way more than 30 feet). You can get some manky slings on crystals. There's also a small cam if you can find it, and I would have placed some decent nuts if I'd been carrying nuts. Or more likely you'll just run it out and not think about the potential ground fall.
On the low angle easy rock at the start of the 60 ...
At the jug at the bulge and the third bolt. It gets steeper here.
At the jug at the bulge and the third bolt. It get...
Four Little Fishies.
Four Little Fishies.
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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 27, 2002

This route only has four bolts, hence the name.

By Anonymous Coward
Jul 26, 2004

A classic route that has good pro for the hard climbing. The big crystal that you could sling is very loose. It looks like you can place small TCUs and nuts at several spots along the runout.

By john walker
Jul 31, 2004

The route requires four draws, unless you want to skip any of the four bolts-you probably wont. Dont fall from the top, as I recall there is no gear the last 60 feet. If you want to spend more time than is necessary to look around you may find some gear between the last bolt and the top of aquarium. If you reach the point above the last bolt where it turns to easy climbing, just hike the rest of the route. the last 60 feet is 5.2 or 5.3 old school needles grade, confirmed by the anonymous coward and the LE (local expert) For more info on this or any other route contact the Anonymous Coward or the LE. Feather Buttress anyone?

By Anonymous Coward
Aug 3, 2004

I just climbed this route two days ago. I found at least ten places to loop runners in the run out section. Welcome to the Needles.

By joelhagan
From: Rapid City, SD
Oct 10, 2007

First ascent was by Bob Archbold, and I believe the actual name of the route is "Four Little Fishies" not "fishes"

By Casey Lems
From: Lakewood, CO
Jul 7, 2009

The runout is very long. I wasn't convinced the slings I looped were going to hold in a fall, but the climbing is very easy. Belay anchors are to the FAR FAR north east side of the rock (Back-right from where you climb).

Fun route, until the runout.

By AhK
Mar 19, 2012

No nuts or cams are needed for the belay, just a sling and some creativity.