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A proud line up the impressive NE Ridge of the Smith Rock Group, Skyridge takes a bold line on nubbins for almost 1/2 a pitch before the first bolt. Confidence and commitment is needed to get onto this climb, but the rest of the bolted first and second pitches are beautiful climbing, with a final pitch of hand traversing (gear to about 2") to finish near the top of the Smith Rock group.
From the Asterisk Pass trail, head left (south) along the western side of the ridge until you find a spot for a shakey cam placement for the belayer. Climb begins on the west side, and moves to the east side of the ridge after a couple bolts, then directly up the ridge with stunning exposure. Final pitch hand traverse can be avoided by taking the "sky dive" variation, a few moves of bolted airy 5.10 to the top.
A FEW Bolts on the first pitch, but super runout at the start, with lots of exposure on either side of Asterisk Pass. Second pitch bolted, third pitch small nuts / cams (be sure to protect for second)
Risa on the traversing pitch
Climbers high on Sky Ridge, about to begin the tra...
Beginning the traverse on the final pitch of Sky R...
Leading the traverse (pitch 3) on Sky Ridge. Ian b...
|By David Wade|
Feb 24, 2011
The arete leading to the traverse had a hard winter. I had a duck-sized chunk pull off.
|By Josh Edwards|
From: Bend, Oregon
Sep 19, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Don't know why this route gets the R rating. No bolt spacing that you wouldn't see on any other Smith routes. Maybe PG13 for the runout and poor rock quality to the first bolt, but there's a few spots to place some good nuts so it's safe. Great climb with a even better position. Don't let the R rating deter you from getting on this.