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Kiss of the Crowbar 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: laurichj on Sep 1, 2009

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Description 

Mostly vertical climb up big jugs, with a great view of Snoqualmie Pass from the top. Finding the first bolt is a bit challenging since it's not visible. Head up the obvious easy route along the corner and it's over a small ledge. The visible bolt to the left is for a 5.8 start and causes some rope drag so if you want to use that put a longer sling on it.

There's a bit of noise and a small bit where climber and belayer aren't visible. Yell loudly or use radios or rope signals.

Location 

Right side of eastern block next to a big flake on the ground. A smaller flake under makes a decent anchor for light belayers. Rap down on a single 50m+ rope.

Protection 

About 8 bolts and anchors at the top.


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By RandyR
Dec 17, 2009

I climbed this with a piece or two of gear (many placements around) prior to reaching the first bolt. It's also safe to use the off route bolt with a long runner if you don't have gear. I believe there used to be a bolt closer to the ground that got chopped. No reason to climb this as a PG-13 climb if it scares you.
By laurichj
Dec 18, 2009

I didn't think it was, just a newbie goofing up the drop down box. This was one of my first leads. I've removed the PG-13 bit. It's a fun route.
By Arthur Sullivan
From: Albuquerque,NM
Sep 24, 2010

I think the rating is a little deceptive considering some of the other 5.7s at exit 38. This is long and vertical with some big moves. Fun climb but not a great beginner lead.
By Justin R.
Jul 7, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Looks like the lowest bolt is missing. There's a clear hole in a spot where it seems like a natural spot for one.
By gregman
Sep 2, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

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).
By Zeke Spier
From: Seattle, Washington
Aug 15, 2014

This route can be safely climbed 100% on gear, good place to practice placements with bolt backups if desired.
By Sergey Shevelev
From: Bellevue, Washington
Aug 24, 2014
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Inconvenient to clean when rappelling (because of the way it's zigzagging), so if you do, at least use prusik or other backup. Doesn't really look that much fun (sur[rised to see it's got 3 stars), but maybe ok to practice as a leader...