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YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Eric Fjellanger on Jul 14, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Pitch 3 of Rattletale


This is one of Index's finest hand cracks and well worth the approach hike. Has three short, but athletic, pitches.

P1: Start on some broken face cracks trending up and left to a nice right-facing corner. Crux is low in the corner. End at large ledge.

P2: Prominent hand crack in a right-leaning, right-facing corner. Crack which starts as perfect hands and finishes as wide hands (or layback).

P3: Deep corner slot, also right-facing, with two cracks. You can do a wide stem and jam the thinner, right crack. The crack widens at the top, but you can reach in deep for hand jams. The top is an incut edge, bordering on the forest.

Rappel from a tree about 20 feet left of the route. A single rap with double 60-m will reach the ground. (Or, walk a short distance up and left to get to the classic Zipper pitch.)


At Rattletale Wall. Belay stations are fixed slings on natural features. Pitches are short and can be linked, one 60m rope is enough for rappelling.


A set of nuts and cams, with double or triple hand-size (i.e. #2 and #3 C4 Camalots).

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Lisa following pitch 2 of Rattletale
Lisa following pitch 2 of Rattletale
Fletch on pitch 2 of RattleTale
Fletch on pitch 2 of RattleTale
Lisa leading Pitch 3, RattleTale. This route is ub...
Lisa leading Pitch 3, RattleTale. This route is ub...
Ryan on the second pitch of Rattletale
Ryan on the second pitch of Rattletale
Pitch 3 of Rattletale (10b).
Pitch 3 of Rattletale (10b).
Splitter hands on pitch 2.
Splitter hands on pitch 2.

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By dcramer
Jul 14, 2008

Just an FYI: the sizes he refers to are for Camelots.
By Eric Fjellanger
Jul 15, 2008

Thanks, good point, I've updated the description.
By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Feb 20, 2009

Someone added belay stations at the top of pitches 1 & 2.
By T. Miller
From: CO
Jun 12, 2009

Great route! Cheers to whoever put the P1 and P2 anchors in - not so sure how long the fin/boulder with slings on P1 and the sling covered bush on P2 would have supported the route's well-deserved popularity.
By Colin Bartholomew
Jun 19, 2010

Thanks for the stations. Uber classic.
By Sherri Lewis
From: Sequim, WA
Aug 8, 2010

This route is well worth seeking out. P2 is pure, burly crack climbing at its finest. P3 is a fun stemming/crack finish (if you've got any gas left in the tank for overhanging crack, that is.) P2 uses only #2's and #3's(though you can plug a #4 in to protect the exit onto the dirty ledge).
By Douglas T
Jun 5, 2015

There are anchors at the top of the climb. No more need to use the tat on the tree 20 feet back from the climb.
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